Runway patrol dog chases down birds at Michigan Airport, becomes Internet sensation

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Mar. 3, 2016) — A 7-year-old Border Collie has become an Internet sensation because of his Michigan airport job.

Piper works at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City and has been a hit on social media around the country. He started his job of chasing off wildlife in January 2015.

Four million people have clicked on a video of him doing his stuff, WXMI reports.

There’s a good reason he’s outfitted in safety goggles, earmuffs and a safety vest.

“He’s very well equipped. The specs are to protect his eyes, they’re sunglasses first and foremost,” said Piper’s owner Brian Edwards. “The earmuffs obviously are for sound when he’s close to aircrafts, and the vest is so I can lift him up and do all sorts of cool things with him.”

Piper was adopted in 2012. His owner has embraced social media, and now Piper has accounts on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and even has a website.

Edwards says Border Collies are working dogs, and having a job to do is enough to make Piper happy.

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Look ma, no hands!!! LT Nick Vlasak uses some sort of voodoo magic to taxi the 1-1 into #uscg #airstatvc's ramp a couple weeks ago. LT Vlasak invited Pipe and I to our first event at the Air Station and we haven't looked back. So, on this #warriorwednesday, we're saying thanks. Thanks for your service and for being a damn good friend, Pickle! Random Fact: Likes golf, but much better driving the -65 than a golf ball… 👆 The preceding was a paid shout out 😂 ———————————- Eye Pro: @rexspecsk9 Ear Pro: Mutt Muffs Vest: @k9storminc (Donated by @spikes_k9_fund) Helicopter: @uscg 🚁🇺🇸🚁🇺🇸 # #airportk9 #k9 #k9team #k9storm #rexspecsk9 #spikesk9fund #muttmuffs #coastguard #aviation #aviator #pilot #helicopter #military #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #workingdogsofig #traversecity #puremichigan

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