– When he goes out and actually deploys to chase something,
it looks like a missile launch.
I just open up the backdoor and he jumps out.
It’s a lot of fun.
Piper is the only dog working at this airport,
and there’s actually only a handful of dogs working at airports around the country.
It’s a pretty rare thing.
I am Brian Edwards.
Piper and I work at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan.
Piper is a Border Collie.
Piper’s prime functionhere is wildlife control. Primarily,
Piper isgoing to be chasing away
large waterfowl like ducks and geese.
In the wintertime, it actuallychases away the snowy owl,
and then in the summertime, it’s basically seagulls and crows.
Birds can cause a lot ofdifferent types of damage.
Most bird strikes are with smaller types of birds
that might just cause dents,
but if the bird is large enough
and is ingested into an engine, that can cause serious faliure
like the Miracle on the Hudson.
Training specifically for us took about a year, year and a half.
So, the way that we’ve trained is
that anytime I deploy Piper out of the truck,
he doesn’t just run away from the truck,
he always runs the direction we were traveling.
A lot of times I deploy him
when the vehicle is moving,
so that’s just the way that we trained.
A lot of times I try to get him to see what it is he’s gonna chase first.
戴上护目镜 确切说是Rec Specs牌 目的有两个
The goggles, or the Rec Specs,serve two purposes for him.
One, they’re UV protectantso they protect his eyes,
and number two, they’resafety goggles, basically.
It’s one of those things that
if he wants to go out and work or have fun,
he’s got ta wear it.
Yeah, good boy!
去追它们 伙伴！ 追它们！
Go get ‘em, buddy! Go get em!
Dogs are really usefulfor wildlife control
because specifically BorderCollies, it’s in their blood. Eventually,
the goal is to train the birds
and other animals that they don’t wan na be here
because there’s a predator in town,
Sometimes that’s gonna keep harassing them all the time.
Piper’s been with me at theairport for almost three years.
He’s pretty much with me all the time.
I don’t think Piper sees it as work,
I think it’s all play to him,
which is what we want, right?
The best thing personally with Piper,
and it’s been this way before we started working,
he’s got a mind of his own.
I talk to him like I wouldtalk to anybody else.
He’s my bro.
Does it get any better than that?
I get to work with mybest friend every day,
I’m extremely proud of him, I couldn’t ask for anything more.