'Piper the airport K-9' is the hardest worker around

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Border Collie Works Full Time Keeping Airport Runways Clear for Planes

There are few dogs out there that can say they have a full-time job. One of the few K-9's putting in 40-hour work weeks is Piper, a Border Collie that has gained a lot of attention this week for his role at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan.

The 7-year-old serves as the Wildlife Control Specialist at the airport, making sure that the runways are free of wild animals, thus, clear for landings.

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His Instagram account, which has spiked to 13K followers this week, is chock-full of photos and videos showing him roaming around the airport sporting his safety goggles with bandana.

According to the airport's website, "he is the only Wildlife Control K-9 on staff at an airport in Michigan and, we believe, one of less than ten in the United States."

See more photos of Piper in action below:

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Piper often likes to randomly stop and enter deep thought. Eyes closed, he breaths deep and just listens. Here he is on a perfectly still winter's morn during a taxiway inspection. I know I'm slightly biased, but there's something special about this guy. PS - The stuff you see on the ground is masonry sand. We use tons and tons every year to increase friction. # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #aviation #sunrise #daybreak #deepthoughts #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #workingdogsofig #traversecity #puremichigan #Michigan #puremittigan #awesomemitten #michiganawesome @puremittigan @puremichigan @awesomemitten @michiganders @proudbordercollies
We've got a slight warmup coming this weekend in Northern #Michigan, so why not #tbt to even warmer weather from last summer? Pipe shrugged off his first encounter with a C-17 Globemaster III, assigned to the @usairforce's 349th Air Mobility Wing, Team Travis, like he had seen it a million times. Was amazing to watch him watch this beast take off, staring at it from left to right. I love this image. Unique (I think) and quintessential Airport K-9. Holy crap we're lucky. ✈️🇺🇸✈️🇺🇸 # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #rexspecsk9 #muttmuffs #aviation #flying #airforce #usaf #military #c17 #summer #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #workingdogsofig #traversecity #puremichigan @dogsofinstagram @militarybadassery @globalair @globalmilitaryaircraft @insta.plane @instagramaviation @deptofdefense @ridiculous @theglobemaster
“You'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” ― Charles Chaplin 😊 ❤️ # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #tongueouttuesday #aviation #smile #handsome #nofilter #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogs #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #traversecity #puremichigan @dogsofinstagram @proudbordercollies @collielovers @bordercolliesoftheworld @dogs
Happy belated bday to our good friend LT Vlasak! Pipe will be your copilot anytime!! Piper loves to help with preflight checks and wish his buddies a safe flight. Semper Paratus! 🚁🇺🇸 # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #aviation #aviator #helicopter #pilot #copilot #uscg #coastguard #airstatvc #military #buddy #friends #birthday #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #traversecity #puremichigan @uscg @dogsofinstagram
Bros for life. ------------------------- Eye Pro: @rexspecsk9 Vest: @k9storminc Shirt Design: @hdgtactical Chinook: @usarmy @nationalguard 🚁🇺🇸 # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #rexspecsk9 #muttmuffs #aviation #helicopter #ch47 #chinook #army #nationalguard #military #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #traversecity #puremichigan
Piper stands fast on the runway in the face of 12" plus of lake effect snow over the past couple days. Dude put in a lot of overtime to make sure planes got in and out safely. He is the definition of a Working Dog. 😎💪❄️ # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #rexspecsk9 #runway #spikesk9fund #winter #snow #lakeeffect #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #traversecity #puremichigan #mittenlove @puremichigan @awesomemitten @collielovers @proudbordercollies @dogsofinstagram
-"Voodoo 1, Voodoo 1, Wood's been hit! Wood's been hit! We've lost Hollywood. Repeat, we've lost Hollywood!" -"Launch Piper on Alert Five. Get a bearing on Hollywood and Wolfman and launch the rescue helicopter immediately!" - Top Gun Anytime, day or night, K-9 Piper stands ready to fight the good fight. As the airport's Ready 5 fighter, Piper must be ready to launch within 5 minutes to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Eye Pro: @rexspecsk9 Custom Top Gun 'Maverick' helmet design Bandana: @pupnorth Cast Art: @spikes_k9_fund # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #rexspecsk9 #spikesk9fund #muttmuffs #topgun #movie #aviation #aviator #snow #winter #sun #badass #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #traversecity #puremichigan @proudbordercollies @becausebadass @collielovers @bordercolliesoftheworld @animals.co @dogsofinstagram @puremichigan
Today, K-9 Piper remembers the "Date Which Will Live In Infamy" by wearing his most important piece of gear. Here, Freedom waves from the rotorwash of @uscg copter 6568, which is made possible by the sacrifices made by those before us. Rest Easy. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 # #airportk9 #airport #k9 #k9team #k9storm #aviation #helicopter #muttmuffs #pearlharbor #remember #thankful #airstatvc #uscg #coastguard #military #bordercollie #bordercolliesofinstagram #proudbordercollies #dog #dogsoffreedom #dogsofinstagram #workingdog #traversecity #puremichigan @dogsofinstagram @proudbordercollies @deptofdefense
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