Piper the airport dog becomes internet sensation

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Piper, a 7-year-old Border Collie, makes his living on the runway.

He spends his days chasing other animals and birds off the runways at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich., and now he’s going viral

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

He’s outfitted in safety goggles, earmuffs, and a safety vest, and there’s a reason for that.

“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 back in 2012, and began working at the airport in 2015. While he doesn’t get a paycheck for his services, he is rewarded with plenty of treats.

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


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