K-9 shows off skills

Photo by Joyce Ervin
The Harden family, Joshua, Nicole and Ryan visit with Officer Kish and K-9 Officer Lia at the 3RD Thursday Kid’s Zone area.

By Joyce Ervin

The Kid’s Zone welcomed a special visitor at the August 3 RD Thursday celebration.  Officer Chris Kish brought his dog, K-9 officer Lia, to demonstrate some of her special skills.
Lia is a three-year-old Dutch Shepard that can detect explosives, track and/or search people and search for articles.  Officer Kish is a fully-trained K-9 dog handler having worked in Detroit and Afghanistan as an explosive detection dog handler.
The weather was rainy when the Eagle reporter arrived preventing Lia from demonstrating all her skills, but youngsters were happy to meet her.  With umbrellas in hand, Joshua, Nicole and seven-year-old Ryan Harden greeted officer Kish and Lia. Taking time to pat Lia’s head was four-year old Oliver Angstadt.
Little four-year-old Makayla Balk was helping run a bucket game and Justus Hibbler age 12 and Jonas Bartholomay age 11 were busy dodging raindrops playing a game of cornhole.  The Milan Public Library set up a game of Concentration for kids to play and win a prize.  Other organizations and churches were on-hand with activities.
Former Milan resident and member of the Milan Main Street steering committee, Harry Ervin, attended his first 3 RD Thursday event.  After playing a Milan Public Library game, he said, “It’s great to see this after all the planning come to fruition.”

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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