Puppies in training

Donations to Paws for LEOs will go toward training these two puppies for their futures in aiding first responders and law enforcement officers.

Join Paws for LEOs at McPhelemy Park for Picnic for Puppies Saturday, Sept. 14.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public is invited to come and enjoy free hot dogs, brats, potato chips and drinks. And while enjoying hot dogs, visitors can meet the service dogs in training to aid Buena Vista’s first responders and law enforcement officers.

“Picnic for Puppies’ purpose is to introduce the two amazing young puppies that our organization feels have the potential to serve a physically or mentally injured police officer or first responder to the community,” says Marianne Maes, CEO and founder of Paws for LEOs.

Donations will be gratefully accepted during the picnic and will go toward training the puppies as they start their obedience training with Gone to the Dogs in early September.

“Part of placing service dogs is pairing the right dog with the right person,” Maes explains. “Both will be available to the town, and the selection will be based upon the right fit between the first responder and the right dog.”

Service dog Tara will also be present at the picnic along with 5-month-old sister and brother Saphira and Emy.

“We look forward to seeing everyone there,” Maes says.

For more information on Paws for LEOs, check out pawsforleos.org.

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