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Arlington K9 dogs visit school to interact with students


February 14, 2018 | View PDF

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Courtesy Photo Arlington Police Officer Kendahl Beecher lets Tara, the department's drug detection K9, greet students at the Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center. Two officers and their K9s recently visited the school as part of a career day.

Two Arlington Police K9 dogs visited the Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center on Jan. 30 to show the students, parents and staff what they can do. Tara, a black lab, has been trained by her handler, Arlington Police Officer Kendahl Beecher, for drug work. Oso, a German shepherd, has been trained for patrol work. His handler, Arlington Police Officer Seth Kinney, explained to the students that both dogs have extensive training. Kinney answered many questions from the students including one from a young student who asked if the dogs could be trained not to shed!

"It's great to talk with these students and parents," said Kinney. "The students had so many fun questions about the dogs. Our goal is to show them what police dogs can do and show them that police are here to help the students and their families if they need it."

Both dogs demonstrated some of their skills for the students. Tara showed off her sense of smell and Oso showed his ability to obey commands.

The Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center offers kindergarten through 12th-grade alternative learning experiences through its campus and home programs. There are about 60 students in the program. Kim Casteel, a parent volunteer, organized the visit.

"We try to hold a career day once a month to show the students what careers are available to them," said Principal Joseph Doucette. "We have a great relationship with Arlington Police and I'd like to thank Officers Beecher and Kinney for bringing Tara and Oso to visit with students. They loved it."


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