On display were two beautiful alpacas. Niko didn't care much for them. In the last several years, alpacas have grown in popularity. I was educated by a coworker that breeding alpacas is a serious business. Not only are they cute and loving animals, they are making a name for themselves in the textile industry.
The best part of the event was watching the New York State Police demonstration. A police dog named Wheeler (a German Shepard) and his handler educated the audience about NY's K-9 Unit. We learned some interesting facts:
- All NY State police dogs are named after fallen officers to honor them
- The Canine Unit training facility is located in Cooperstown, NY
- Wheeler and his handler were part of a team that searched for survivors and bodies at Ground Zero after September 11
- Dogs can smell their handler's emotions change regardless of visual and verbal cues