In 2011, this pup made his way to Conservation Canines from the United Animal Friends. With his striking markings and badger-like strut, he quickly nuzzled his way into head handler Heath's heart. Together, they have traveled around the country contributing to research on some of the toughest conservation questions! One of Pips's favorite projects is the fisher study in central California. With miles of varied terrain to survey and tons of scat to find, Pips loves the freedom and excitement of this research. Pips likes to think of himself as kennel master when he's back at home base! Picking up stray wood chips and helping find missing toys, he keeps things organized and tidy. He likes to jump up on logs around the yard to get the best vantage point.
Scenes From The Field
- Sierra Magazine showed off Pips on duty searching for Pacific Fisher scat in California's Sierra Nevadas
- RuffWear gave Pips some screen time in this interview with Program Director Heath Smith
- Pips is in the fun kids' book "Poop Detectives: Working Dogs In The Field" by Ginger Wadsworth
Species Currently Trained On:
- Short-tailed weasel
- Pacific fisher
- Saw whet owl
- Barred owl
- Spotted owl
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