Over the course of the four weeks of Thursday sessions, children ages 7 through 12 participated in an animal-focused program, “Tales and Tails.” Discussions and crafts were led by Kim Cook, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Hitchcock, Dundy, and Hayes Counties, Extension Intern Ellie Jarecke, and Mary Hagan.
A highlight of the program came in Week 3 (“At Your Service”) when Officer James McCain from the Nebraska State Patrol brought his canine partner, Police Service Dog (PSD) Lee and explained the work they do together.
PSD Lee demonstrated his drug-sniffing and tracking skills, and Officer McCain explained the background and training of dogs that work with the State Patrol.
Officer McCain also conducted a lively discussion with the kids. He explained the law enforcement gear attached to his vest, told stories of some of his and Lee’s exciting searches and arrests, and answered their questions.