There was a time when Hawkeye the dog stood amidst the most humblest of life’s predicaments.
He was confined to a kennel in Georgia, his days playing-out in a small concrete cell.
But this was one of those occasions where fate interceded, drawing open a rusted chain link door to an unpredicted path. In this case, Hawkeye’s keen nose led him to a new life as an agriculture-sniffing canine sleuth.
Hawkeye was enlisted as one of 13 dogs employed by California’s Agriculture Department to sniff unmarked shipping parcels; looking for plants, produce and seeds sent in defiance of the state’s agricultural quarantine.
The plants can harbor invasive insects that can pose a dire threat to California’s $ 43 billion agricultural industry.
“The dogs in this last fiscal year hit on 124 packages that had detrimental, nasty, nasty pests that we don’t