Eggsellent Lobster Find

 |  Jul 2nd 2009  |   3 Contributions


Since this is a dog blog, a couple of times a month our boy Bo (woof!) thought it would be nice to get the news through a dog's eyes. Bo invites everyone to read a chapter from his upcoming book BAD TO THE BONE at Bo Knows Online. It's a funny memoir about the crazy adventures we have shared together over the last 14 plus years, told through Bo's eyes.

Okay Bo, take it from here....

I've consumed lamb and rice flavored pellets of food, day in and day out for the past ten years. The previous six was spent downing artificially flavored, and I suspect colored, beef and rice dog chow. They call it chow for a reason, and it isn't because it's a delicacy.

I find it amazing my mother still expects me to wag with excitement when she appears from the laundry room with bowl in hand to ask me, "Bo, Bo want dinner?"

Eh, not really. How about a treat instead?

Of course that's what I hold out for until the hunger pangs get too much to bear. Then I just have to hope my sister Copper hasn't eaten my portions, all twenty nuggets worth.

I remember praying to the almighty Dog that I'd do anything if I could just have something different. He didn't answer my prayers but I suspect he answered Buddy's, a German shepherd living on the coast in Canada.

CBC news has his story.

For six years Buddy has been tracking salmon poachers, illegal anglers and people digging clams in prohibited areas, but the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans believes the German shepherd is the first to be able to detect lobster eggs.

Buddy and John Stuart, a Saint John fishery officer, are working in St. Andrews at a training exercise, honing the dog's unique skills at sniffing out egg-bearing lobsters.

Stuart lets Buddy out of his metal crate and the German shepherd quickly finds some lobster eggs hidden in a pile of pipes, clawing at them to let Stuart know he's found something.

Stuart said he came up with the idea of training Buddy to detect lobster eggs a couple of years ago. It's illegal for fishermen to keep egg-bearing lobster, but catching them is difficult because the crustaceans carry their eggs under their bellies.

So until now, fisheries officers had to turn every lobster over by hand to check them.

"It speeds up the time. The dog can do probably 20 crates of lobsters in five minutes where it would take us probably five hours," Stuart said.

Lobster eggs, you say. Hmmm, maybe dry kibble isn't so bad after all. Woof!

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