Berne Historical Society hosts a Trooper and his shepherd

To the Editor:

Many humans love dogs. For thousands of years, dogs have been part of our history as guard dogs, herders, rescue dogs, the family pet, guiding eyes, and more.

Our four-legged companions come in all shapes and sizes. They work for us, love us unconditionally, entertain and protect.

Many of us have come to applaud those famous dogs of TV and movies. Lassie's bark may have us saying: "What is it, Lassie? Did Timmy fall in the well?"

And how about Max? A specially trained military canine with a soldier as his partner. While connections to these famous dogs of film build, we cheer for the heroes — Max, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, those "101 Dalmations" and a host of others — when they save the day.

On, Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. the Berne Historical Society hosts the program "For the Love of Dogs" at the Berne Library. Our guest speakers will be Trooper John Knoetgen and his partner, Ash, German shepherd extraordinaire. Trooper and K9 will share the background of their special partnership.

I suspect Trooper Knoetgen will do most of the talking, but Ash may have a bark or two to add.

Join us for this behind-the-scenes look into the world of dogs and law enforcement. Refreshments will appear for humans and K9's alike.

Sandra L. Stempel-Kisselback

East Berne

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