A Quagga Dog?

Detection canines are absolutely amazing. Canines have been taught to find illegal drugs, guns, cancer, lost pets, bed bugs and now quagga and zebra mussels. I found this niche in the most innocent way. I met another mother at my sons karate lessons and we became acquaintances. She knew I worked contraband dogs and I knew she was the manager at a lake. About 3 years after we met I got a random email from her saying that the California Department of Fish and Game were coming to her lake to talk about an invasive species of mussels and would be demonstrating their detection dog. She thought of me and invited me to come watch their demonstration. This was in late 2007 and was the first time I had ever heard of quagga and zebra mussels. I stayed for the whole class and learned how devastating for a water system it would be if these mussels got introduced. At that meeting, I decided that I could become a part of the prevention to the spread of this aquatic invasive species. It took me 2 1/2 years of research and communication with the Department of Fish and Game to get permitted to legally possess quagga and zebra mussels to enable me to train a canine to detect them. I have continued my trainings, research and education to find the best processes to inspect boats before they are launched. The many people that are dedicated to keep these mussels from spreading have been extremely helpful and willing to share their knowledge. This blog will be my attempt to carry on that tradition.