WKRN News, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, TN recently ran a story about Cooper, Boone, Zane and Mac. Reporter Todd Dunn looked at how Cooper and Boone aid in the investigation of suspicious fires and Zane and Mac are being trained to identify individuals with undiagnosed diabetes. In addition to interviewing Jim Bowers, Dunn also interviewed Chuck Coppinger, President of Kentucky State Arson Task Force, as to the benefit of using canines at suspicious fire scenes. Coppinger, who is also a Type 1 diabetic, discussed the potential for using dogs as a screening mechanism to identity diabetics.
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Reporter Todd Dunn spent several hours with the dogs learning the many ways that a canines enhanced sense of smell can be used. Dunn traveled to Kentucky where he got to witness Cooper and Boone search and alert when they identify ignitable fluids at a fire scene. Mac and Zane got to visit Goodpasture Elementary School, Madison, TN, where they got to visit with two of the Third Grade classes. Being comfortable in a school environment and with children of all ages is a critical part of the dog's socialization process.