Several years ago when the Missus and I sat down after a long day and chilled out in front of the TV to be entertained by quiz shows and cooking programs, we actually struck it lucky with Border Patrol and the Dog squad. Anyway, the long and short of it was that Renee came to the rescue of our AFB problem with the "Milion Dollar Noses" ..... Jess, and Georgie, and Flynn, and Milo, and Pipi, and Pandorra, and Molly ....
And we put it to the AFB management agency that if they were serious about eradicating AFB in NZ then the dogs might be quite a good tool to help. The agency really did'nt take the idea too seriously, which is a shame because for a program to be effective it needs an umbrella organisation to marshall it and set a standard. The Agency is the perfect vehicle for that.
Our lives and operation has been transformed since we went into remission from AFB two years ago.
There are other operations out there that have taken the lead and are training their own dogs, which is, dare I say it, bloody good. The issue I see arising is that we need a standard and an accreditation that the dogs and handlers are up to speed.
So here is another challenge for the Board members of the AFB Management agency ... I could reel their names off, but most people know who they are .... Why not rise to the challenge. Embrace the future and the tools that are being offered to the industry to make it the gazillion dollar export industry that it is being touted to the nation and world .