Service training dog at home in courthouse

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:00 am

The Traill County Courthouse has gone to the dogs.

Literally.

Figuratively, for those visitors to the Hillsboro-based courthouse who might be asking: “Was that a Black Lab I saw in the courthouse today?”

Right, on all counts.

With Bexley, a 2-year-old Black Labrador in training in the Traill Veterans Service Office, the Traill County Courthouse is challenging the Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center for the title of the largest doghouse in the county.

Daisy, a Golden Lab, is at home in the long-term care unit of the Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center, and has been now for a couple of years.

Bexley, meanwhile, is new to the courthouse.

But he’s making himself right at home.

He was introduced to Traill’s five commissioners this week.

Veterans Service officer Emily Cost escorted the service dog-in-training into the Commissioners’ Room in the courthouse annex.

Rescued from a Cincinnati, Ohio shelter, Bexley is being trained by Cost for use by a hearing-impaired veteran.

“He’s doing well,” Cost told commissioners Tom Eblen, Steve Larson, Kurt Elliott, Gail Mooney and chairman Les Amb.

“He’s really learning fast.”

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