Bearport, 2011. 32 pgs. Nonfiction
Most of us know the working dogs who track criminals or missing children, sniff out drugs at the airport, and keep the sheep rounded up, but in Eco Dogs, Judith Stamper tells the stories of dogs who help protect the earth and her wild creatures. Python Pete, for instance, sniffs out Burmese pythons, an invasive species disrupting the ecosystem of the Everglades. Jamberry is a black lab who can smell ringed seals through their breathing holes. By helping scientists capture and tag the seals, Jamberry helps save and endangered species. Eco dogs are also used to detect illegally imported animals at airports, and even to sniff out whale scat under the water. Interesting information on how dogs are trained for their respective assignments is also included, along with excellent photographs of the dogs in action. Young dog-and-nature lovers will go for this book bigtime--one in an excellent series about Dog Heroes.