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’s first target was the Rosy wolfsnail, an invader that is decimating Hawaii’s native tree snails. Though just a pup, she showed a precocious capacity for detailed work, patiently searching an area the size of a bathmat for snails hidden in leaf litter. Tia became a close work specialist, excelling at intense searches that would frustrate other dogs. She was one of the first dogs in the world to detect the scat of the blunt-nosed leopard lizard -- a target the size of a long tic tac -- and the San Joaquin Kit Fox. Tia’s particularly discriminating nose could differentiate between brook trout and rainbow trout, and detect the presence of the tree-killing Emerald Ash Borer in wood, mulch and standing trees.

After an impressive career that spanned seven states and one Canadian province, Tia is now happiest at home herding her two cats. We are grateful for every moment she gave us in the field.

Tia alerting to live brook trout in a Montana stream.