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Piper the Airport K-9

Tribute to Piper: Amazing photos, video in memory of Michigan's airport dog

By Tanda Gmiter - MLive | Full Article...

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - As friends and fans mourn the loss of Piper, the four-footed half of the Cherry Capital Airport K-9 Team, we're taking a look back at some of the best of his social media posts over his nearly three years on the job.

He was one of a handful of dogs working in wildlife control at a U.S. airport. His mission: Chase away birds and other wildlife that could interfere with the safety of planes taking off and landing on the runways.

Early on, Piper and his owner/handler Brian Edwards became social media celebrities. They did an AMA on Reddit, became known as ambassadors for the area, and posed for countless photos.

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Listen to Piper, Michigan's famous airport K-9, sign off for final time | Full Article...

The photogenic border collie which served as the furry face of the Cherry Capital Airport K-9 Team died on Jan. 3 after a year-long ... Edwards, the airport's operations supervisor, can be heard fighting back tears as he and his longtime pal sign off from the runway for the final time.

RIP Piper, a heroic dog who kept airport runways safe

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On the last day of his nine-year life, Piper, the border collie, chased a snowy owl from the runway at the airport in Traverse City, Mich. It was the 8,367th bird he had scared off in a three-year career as the airport's K-9 wildlife control officer — which turned him into one of the nation's most famous dogs.

Piper, the famed goggle-wearing wildlife-control dog

USA TODAY-Jan 4, 2018 | Full Article

Piper the airport dog loses year-long battle to prostate cancer

CBS News-Jan 4, 2018 | Full Article

'Piper the Airport Dog' passes away after battle with cancer

Fox17-Jan 3, 2018 | Full Article

Traverse City airport dog Piper dies after battle with cancer

WDIV ClickOnDetroit-Jan 4, 2018 | Full Article

Piper the airport dog dies

Highly Cited-Traverse City Record Eagle-Jan 3, 2018 | Full Article

Famous wildlife control dog K-9 Piper dies following battle with cancer

Vertical Magazine (press release) Jan 4, 2018 | Full Article

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K-9 Piper in the News

Avoiding Bird Strikes (read more...)

In this Special Report, Brittany Wright breaks down what the Cherry Capital Airport is doing to scare off wildlife before they get too close to a plane.


Meet Piper, the bird-chasing dog who keeps a Michigan airport safer (read more...) - Mar 30, 2015
TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- Cherry Capital Airport staff know the dangers birds can pose to aircraft. Just last May, a loon struck an incoming plane...

Dog in charge of wildlife control at airport (read more...) - Apr 1, 2015
Piper is leading the way for other dogs, Edwards believes Cherry Capital Airport is the only airport in Michigan that uses a dog for wildlife

Putting teeth in bird mitigation (read more...)

AOPA Pilot - Apr 3, 2015
From the birds' perspective, Cherry Capital Airport is a decidedly unfriendly place. It's been that way for years—humans have limited food and...

Michigan Dog Protects Planes From Avian Intruders (read more...)

WILX-TV-Apr 3, 2015
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Border Collie Herds Birds Away From Planes (read more...) - Apr 2, 2015
NBC News Channel Meet Piper, a seven-yard-old border collie, who puts in 40-hour work weeks at Cherry Capital Airport in Michigan scaring (read more...)

Window Seat: A six-year-old border collie has joined the team (read more...)

Tulsa World (blog) - Apr 1, 2015
Several months ago Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, began using a six-year-old border collie to clear its runway, according to...

Border collie in charge of wildlife control at airport (read more...)

WSAV, Savannah, GA - Apr 8, 2015
A 8-year-old border collie named Piper has a very unique job. Piper works 40 hours a week at Michigan's Cherry Capital Airport.

A Different Kind Of 'Bird' Dog | Gear Junkie

The friendly skies are a little safer thanks to dogs like Piper.