orbee

orbee

Pepin was adopted from a breeder in Holland who is famous for raising working dogs of the highest standards. Pepin has two speeds: 0 and 11. When he is at 11, his scenting skills verge on magical. While in Zambia monitoring cheetah, Pepin suddenly took off after a scent, leading his handler to a cheetah scat that was located more than half a kilometer away. In a tree. In a place where cheetah had not been sighted before. Like we said, magical.

Orbee was in the wrong line of work. A border collie with no interest in sheep or herding, he ended up in the shelter as a failed ranch dog. His high-pitched bark and intense focus made him virtually unadoptable. But Orbee found his calling as a conservation detection dog. He has worked in every possible environment -- from arctic sand dunes in Alaska to jungles in Africa to the banks of Montana rivers. His energy and intensity have made it possible for scientists to learn more about secretive animals like wolverines and kit fox. And that high-pitched bark? It’s just a sign of his enthusiasm.

 

A tired Orbee posing with his namesake: the Orbee ball.