The Westmoore Elementary fourth graders gathered in the school 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 has trained dogs in many different situations and environments …. dogs who are beloved pets, dogs who are longing to be a beloved pet but are in a shelter waiting to be adopted, and dogs who work for us in the military or with their police partners. Patsy shared with the fourth graders her passion for being a trainer and how she became one. She stressed how important it is to train with positive reinforcement so that a dog feels loved as it is being trained. She shared her techniques for training dogs, using therapy dog Bonnie (assisted by her owner, Christie) to demonstrate. Bonnie loved the attention and the treats involved! Several students were chosen to work with Bonnie to put into practice what they had just learned. The students and Bonnie had great fun with this activity! The team of Pet Responsibility Committee (PRC) volunteers who presented the six week program were absolutely blown away by how many fourth graders wrote entries for the Speuter Story Contest, putting into practice speaking up for those who have no voice. It was a difficult task to choose the winners. Caleb, Caroline, Ella, Emma, Ethan, Gavin and Kayla were announced as winners and awarded framed certificates by the PRC Mascot, Speuter. Because of their efforts, Boo, Ringo, Nellie, Rudy and Gunner, Little Bit, Sherman and Shine will be spayed or neutered to help prevent over-population. Family members of the winners, including some younger siblings, attended the Assembly and were very impressed by how much the students knew about being responsible pet owners. Congratulations to all the Westmoore fourth graders for being part of the team that makes life better for all pets!