Breed: border collie
Joined our pack in 2017
Scents: 3, including Chinese bush clover
We all know that border collies are smart, high-energy dogs, but even by border collie standards, Utah is a standout. Utah started his training with human-collected Kit Fox scat. There is usually a learning curve when dogs move from bagged sample scats to ones “straight from the fox” -- the collected samples can have a markedly different scent than naturally occurring scat, and field conditions can be confusing, with multiple wild canids using the same latrines. But Utah was ready to jump straight to the big leagues. He began alerting to wild scats his very first day in the field, and he hasn’t slowed down since. He can’t wait to get his vest on, hear, “let’s go to work,” and show off how much smarter he is than the rest of us. If Utah could talk, he would give a daily thank-you to the generous donor who sponsored the cost of his rescue, training, and ongoing care.
Utah getting paid for doing what he loves -- sniffing out kit fox and blunt-nosed leopard lizard scats in CA.