tigee

tigee

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.

Tigee’s road to WD4C wasn’t an easy one. Seized by animal control for being aggressive, Tigee was isolated in a four-foot kennel for nearly three weeks. Most of the staff was afraid of him, but one shelter worker reached out to Megan Vick, a frequent WD4C collaborator. Though Tigee was alarmed and untrusting after his long confinement, Megan quickly realized that he wasn’t a bit aggressive -- and that his incredible toy drive would make him a spectacular working dog. It turns out Megan has as much drive as the dogs she handles: she brought in outside evaluators, wrote letters, and advocated with the shelter board until she saved Tigee from euthanization. Then she and Tigee roadtripped out to WD4C’s Montana headquarters, so he could start his new life. Tigee has moved far beyond the cinderblock walls of his kennel: he now lives in Zambia and works to protect the wildlife of South Luangwa National Park.

Tigee keeps cool between shifts while on-duty in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.