This Michigan Airport Guard Dog Is the Tom Cruise of Canines
The 7-year-old dog has chased away over 2,450 dastardly birds, worked 2,447 hours and patrolled 597 miles
He’s cool under pressure and hot on the tail of any bird menacing Traverse City’s Cherry Capitol Airport. His name is Piper the border collie.
This pooch is born to be an action star, but for right now he is sticking to his day job, which is protecting his Traverse City, Michigan, airport from interfering wildlife, reports The Daily Detroit.
This work consists of responding to wildlife sightings around the airport and conducting regular patrols, which usually entails chasing a few curious birds off the runway. Piper’s city needs him. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that the airport have a Wildlife Hazard Management Plan in action to prevent animals from causing aviation disasters. Dogs, especially Piper, are one of the best assets to have to make this plan work.
According to MLive, the 7-year-old dog has chased away over 2,450 dastardly birds, worked 2,447 hours and patrolled 597 miles in his time at Cherry Capitol. He belongs to airport operations supervisor Brian Edwards, who says it took some time for the collie to get accustomed to the sights and sounds of the airport.
“He’ll look at the airplanes and he knows it’s a bad thing, but it doesn’t scare him anymore,” Edwards told MLive.
Piper’s now-fearless attitude has lead to some stellar shots that look straight out of Top Gun — minus the volleyball.
Understandably, Piper’s life of wings and glory has attracted some interest. The dog has his own Instagram, Facebook and Youtube accounts, which have amassed thousands of followers. And if that isn’t enough, you can keep tabs on Piper at all times by checking out his website.
After breaking a toe on the job in November, Piper is on the sidelines of the tarmac, working as the airport’s Chief Morale Booster. His coworkers expect him to be back on patrol once the cast is off at the end of the month.