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Originally posted October 29, 2012
Story by Peters teacher Melinda Huff
Red Ribbon Week 2012 ended with a special program for the students of Peters Elementary. Miranda Munson, Tulsa County Deputy and Union graduate, brought her partner, Baxy, a Belgian Malinois.
The program included Miranda telling the students about her first badge, for McAuliffe Elementary's Safety Patrol. She stressed how important staying in school will be for the students in their future careers. She brought out Baxy, a very well trained dog, resembling a small shepherd. Miranda demonstrated to the students how Baxy learned how to sniff out contraband using wooden boxes.
The students were mezmerized as the dog found the hidden package under a box. The Belgian Malinois breed comes from the Czech Republic, often used by police and the military, such as the Navy Seals. After the demonstration, Miranda answered many questions by the students. She reminded them they must always show respect to a K-9 police or military officer with their human partner, by never coming close.
When the dog has on it's harness and leash, it is in a "working mindset". Never run up on the dog or reach out to pet it, because it will protect it's human partner from strangers. Students were also reminded to always look at police officers as their friends. Miranda and Baxy were invited by Melinda Huff, Miranda's mother and Peters art teacher. Demonstrations were assisted by Dennis Huff, Miranda's stepfather, and retired McAuliffe teacher. As the students lined up, their comments proved their appreciation and a new sense of respect for service dogs.
Everyone fell in love with Baxy!