K-9 officer gets a gift from local elementary students

Tippecanoe County Corrections Officer Jim Knogge and partner Vasco greet students at Woodland Elementary.
Tippecanoe County Corrections Officer Jim Knogge and partner Vasco greet students at Woodland Elementary.

TIPPECANOE CO, Ind. (WLFI) — A group of Tippecanoe County third grade students presented a local K-9 officer with a special gift Tuesday.

County Corrections Officer Jim Knogge and his K-9 partner Vasco were given protective dog boots. The boots slip over Vasco’s paws and protect him from cuts and scrapes during searches.

Vasco was very grateful, but didn’t quite know how walk in them, sparking laughter from the students.

Knogge said his partner will get a lot of use out of the boots.

“Being a part of the metro team, we do a lot of building searches where there’s broken glass and nails. We do tracking in the woods where there are thorns and such. On hot summer days, the asphalt gets super hot. We’re just trying to maintain the paw pads,” Knogge said.

Woodland teacher Jill Shambach said the boots were all the students’ idea.

“It’s great to see how excited they get to give the money, regardless where it goes. They are so excited to be able to give to anyone. Then, of course, to be able to see it first hand with the dog is great,” Shambach said.

The students raised the money through an economics project. While most of the money raised was donated to Riley Hospital for Children, $75 was left over to buy the boots.