INDEPENDENCE, Mo. —The red-hot Missouri Mavericks took time Wednesday to honor some of the most important people and animals that help out in everyday life.

David Allen and his Clay County Sheriff’s Office K-9 partner Sammy attempted to drop the puck before the Mavericks game.

They got in some practice before they had to do it for real.

“I’m hoping she does as well out there as she did in here tonight,” Allen said.

Sammy is used to sniffing out narcotics, not dropping pucks in front of thousands of people. But Allen said it was a fun opportunity for a pup that plays such an important role in what they do.

“She’s a very valuable asset to the department. She’s a narcotics detection K-9. She’s also trained in human trafficking and article detection,” Allen said.

He said being asked to help celebrate Civil Service Night at the Missouri Mavericks game meant a lot, even if Sammy is nervous.

“I’m hoping she’ll carry it the length of that carpet and drop it,” Allen said.

While Sammy was a little shy in front of all the people, she’ll probably be more comfortable when she returns to her day job.

Sammy was the first dog to ever take part in a puck-dropping ceremony at a Missouri Mavericks game.