Dog Saves Thousands of Air Travelers From Death

May 12 | 6 Comments

Uhhmmm...You may want to land that thingIf I were to fly the friendly skies of this united world, I know what they’d call me.


You know, as in Captain Chelsey¬† Sullenberger , the hero pilot that landed a jet into the Hudson River a few months ago. If you’re going to do something, do it right I say. If not, you might as well just roll over in bed, if only to keep from aggravating your bed sores.

Looks like a border collie in Oregon is one step ahead of the pack when it comes to flying. She’s got a job with the local airport. Here’s the story on why.

From 1990 to 2008, aircraft at LAX struck more than 900 birds and other animals, according to data released last month by the FAA. Our colleague Robert J. Lopez reported: Only 36 of the incidents, or 3.8%, resulted in substantial damage, records show. There were no fatalities.

The records are part of a newly available database that lists 112,387 reports of aircraft striking wildlife, including reptiles and mammals, at 2,008 airports in the United States and Canada from January 1990 through November 2008.

The records show that the number of wildlife strikes has increased dramatically nationwide in the last decade.

What’s an airport to do? Why, hire a specialist, of course! That’s why the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in Bend, Ore., hired Filly — a border collie whose official title is “wildlife management canine.”

“She’s chased flocks of geese into the water,” said Bob Hood, the airport’s wildlife manager. “She’s really good at her job and she really likes her job.”

Every day Hood and Filly arrive at the airport at 5:30 a.m. and stay until dark when an operations crew takes over.

Other airports have tried similar techniques to cut down on bird strikes. One notable case study, at Durban International Airport in South Africa, reported a 57% reduction in bird strikes once the airport procured a wildlife management dog.

The dog used in the South African airport, named Mac, was also a border collie. Coincidence? We think not.

I’m going to say it, regardless of the backlash it may produce: I’m sick of the excess love border collies get. This breed has mainstream humanity in the palm of its paw pad.

Yeah they’re smart. Yeah they’re beautiful. Yeah they’re athletic. But you know what, they put on their fur suit one paw at time just like the rest of us.

And I’d bet dollars to donuts, I could still out snooze any one of them. Work is for suckers.


6 Responses to “Dog Saves Thousands of Air Travelers From Death”

  1. Cathy Greer on May 12th, 2009 7:03 pm

    Hey BO Its us Sassy,Sadie,Coors, Roxy and last but not least Scooby Dooooooo.Our Mommy dosent know were on here so dont sqeal on us we just wanted to let you know we wove your site its way cool wait a minute I think Mommys coming go check Coors hurry up my paws arient to fast on this thing ok ok cool its not her Its just Roxy. Anyway we just wanted to woof you Copper asnd Logan and let you know we woofed you out oh poop here comes Mom gotta go, your site is awsoooooooooome. No Ma No ma I wasent playing on the Computer Honest Woof ya later PUP PALS!!!!

  2. Cathy Greer on May 12th, 2009 7:07 pm

    See what you made me do Sassy I put it in the wrong place know were gonna get in trouble all because of a dang Collie chaseing some birds were not gonna get our trears now

  3. Todd on May 13th, 2009 4:10 pm

    Oh man, I’ve been lookin’ for word recently, and this looks way better than the odd — emphasis on ODD — jobs I’ve been looking at recently. Seriously, I’ve met some real hambones in my search — you can check it out at the site (just click the name!)

    Anyway, Bo, you think these guys are hiring? I’m thinkin’ team up.

  4. Ruby Isabella Jones on May 19th, 2009 8:08 am

    Border Collies are good dogs but I’m with you Bo. What is their obsession with work? Someone has to snooze on the couch. I mean as well as my person someone else has to snooze on the couch.

  5. Bo on May 21st, 2009 8:57 pm

    Ruby Isabella Jones you are 100% correctomundo.

    Does your person also seem to sleep more than you do? What is it with these folks. They should change the name from the dog days of summer to the lazy ass human days of summer.

    But hey, maybe it’s just my family.

  6. Mike Licht on June 7th, 2009 11:44 pm

    Bird strikes are even downing the most sophisticated aircraft.


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