tia

tia

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.

Tia was chosen from a breeder who raises dogs suited for police, narcotics, and search and rescue work. And she has lived up to her pedigree. Her very first job took her to Hawaii in search of the tiny Rosy Wolf snail, an invasive species that is decimating the island’s native tree snails. Though she was just a pup, she showed an incredible capacity for detailed work, patiently searching an area the size of a bathmat for snails hidden in the leaf litter. Since then, she has become WD4C’s invasive species specialist, thriving under the pressure of intense, close searching.

Tia alerting to live brook trout in a Montana stream.