The fourth graders at Carthage Elementary School gathered in the auditorium for their celebratory Assembly at the end of the Pet Responsibility Program. They were joined by a very special guest speaker, Patsy Martin, a dog trainer. Patsy talked about how dogs can use their very special sense of smell to find people, drugs, and discover oil leaks. She showed pictures and discussed dogs in different working situations like the military, the police force, therapy and as service dogs. Patsy has trained dogs in many different situations and environments. She answered students’ questions. The fourth graders who wrote entries for the Speuter Story Contest proved their advocacy by speaking up for those who have no voice. Lauren, Myrakle and Vanessa were awarded framed certificates by the PRC Mascot, Speuter. Because of their efforts, three pets will be spayed or neutered to help prevent over-population. County Manager, Wayne Vest, and Assistant County Manager, Janet Parris, attended the Assembly and were very impressed by how much the students knew about being responsible pet owners. Congratulations to all the Carthage fourth graders for being part of the team that makes life better for all pets!