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July 2, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dog delight in Denver

Travelers dancing down Denver’s airport security lines are happy to dog trot it.

Who wouldn’t be?

Keep the shoes on and computer in the bag.

A special security officer quickly decides “Go or No Go.”

And passengers get a little smile during the process.

Shirts available from

Shirts available.

Canine officers on duty. 

TSA is beginning to use dogs to pre-screen people in DIA security lines.

A tailwagging approach.

Read about it:

CBS news. “Major change coming to the security lines at DIA” (Video/article)

How about these? (Even good ideas sometimes take a bit to catch on)

CSMonitor. “Should TSA let airport screening go to the dogs?” Dog could reduce the need for TSA invasive security screening. (Nov 30 2010)

Dog Law Reporter: “TSA’s airport canine programs need better management” (Feb 2013) TSA or contract handlers and dogs? Costs, training, and more to consider.

USA Today. “Government Accountability Office questions using TSA dogs to screen passengers” Training is an issue. And costs. And like anything the government gets involved in, there are problems.(Jan 31, 2013)

HS Today magazine. “TSA to expand use of bomb-sniffing dogs for passenger screening”  (Nov 26, 2012)

CaninNnikos and his person  at DIA (canines on duty and mountains out the windows - does it get any better?)Denver. Nnikos at the airport. (FB/denverinternationalairport)

Canines on duty and mountains out the windows. Does it get any better? Nnikos and his person in DIA. (FB/denverinternationalairport)

Paws up for this program, too:

PUPS program (Pets Unstressing Passengers) has been welcomed by travelers in LAX. Cuddles and wagging tails make everyone happier. Makes those airport waits better. (Video and story here 4/18/2013)

Something to bark about.

Travel smiles.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Roc, Kisma, and Jampy. Safely retired, but they haven't forgotten their buddies (Luke AF Base(USAF.Colbert/US public domain: work of military/

Roc, Kisma, and Jampy. Retired dogs of war. Not forgotten their buddies.
(Luke AF Base.USAF.Colbert/US public domain: by military /

  • Oh, July 4th ends the 3rd Annual Operation War Dog Campaign. (click here)
  • You can help them anytime here. US Military k-9 Fund supports our nations war dogs. (You can afford a tennis ball, right? Any amount appreciated.)
EquuSearch van. ( news screenshot)

Look for it: EquuSearch van. ( news screenshot)

There are some dawgs behaving badly. (Up to people to get them back on track)

  • While traveling and enjoying the holiday, please keep an eye out for the stolen van and equipment belonging to Texas EquuSearch. This group finds abducted and missing children around the country. (Read about theft here.)
  • A Benefactor has stepped up. Now they are trying to raise matching funds.
  • (Story update here.)
  • We’d be lost without you.
Tshirt available. Shopfor

I know you are out there. And the good outnumber the bad.
(T-shirt available.


  1. Littlesundog / Jul 2 2013 1:06 pm

    Awesome post! I’ve already checked on the website and will be ordering some great T’s.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2013 2:44 pm

      Some really nice stuff there. The German’s person sent us those shirts.Paws up for shelters!Thanks for wandering over


  2. The Hook / Jul 2 2013 1:58 pm

    I don’t mind seeing canines in such roles – as long as they’re treated fairly.
    Great news about the benefactor!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2013 2:48 pm

      It’s a great idea – some independent group needs to monitor and be an advocate for the dogs. And make sure they are not left in handlers’ cars in extreme heat (you’d think that would be a no brainer, but no.) And the pups need a day off to run and play…we all do. Thanks for barking along. Hope you day goes well


  3. Ally Bean / Jul 2 2013 2:18 pm

    LOVE the t-shirt: dog bless, indeed.


  4. JackieP / Jul 2 2013 3:57 pm

    Great thing for dogs. Hope it works out for them. Dogs love to have jobs. But as you say, they need their days off too. I’ll be checking out the website also.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2013 5:26 pm

      Hopefully someone will notice that some shelter dogs make great service dogs. Paws crossed for a winning solution to several problems. Thanks for dog trottin’ over


  5. RAB / Jul 2 2013 4:02 pm

    Dogs actually love to work, so this is a win all around~! Thanks for the good news. Eventually I may be willing to go to an airport and contemplate taking a plane somewhere now!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2013 5:29 pm

      Dogs definitely need jobs. And they don’t have to be pure breeds to work well. The thought of happy security hounds might get more of us back on the planes….might…maybe…some day. Thanks for stopping by to yelp along


  6. Cat Forsley / Jul 2 2013 4:28 pm

    DOG BLESS ……..
    Gonna check Our their site xx


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 2 2013 5:31 pm

      Cute or what? Had to share them. Bark on!


      • Cat Forsley / Jul 2 2013 5:34 pm

        Barking Loudly with You ………………..
        You Woof-illy always draw Your readers in
        and carry them to somewhere New ……….
        Arf Arf !


  7. robstroud / Jul 2 2013 5:18 pm

    As always, I love your posts–especially the perfect timing of this one for our family!


  8. PiedType / Jul 3 2013 1:39 am

    Hope they’re training a bazillion canines for these programs. I might even fly again if I thought I’d meet a wagging tail instead of a groping hand.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2013 2:30 am

      There’s lots of smart dogs in shelters – could be a win-win if anyone notices. Thanks for joining the pack


  9. Vikki Thompson / Jul 3 2013 11:01 am

    Awwwww 🙂



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  11. jmmcdowell / Jul 3 2013 3:24 pm

    I suspect the dogs might have a better accuracy rating than humans, too. This could be a great approach if done properly.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2013 3:35 pm

      Dogs love to work and take it seriously without egos or preconceived notions. The program needs experienced trainers, and devoted handlers with compassion. There’s lots of worthy dogs waiting for work in shelters – could be win-win! Thanks for joining the pack ( And have a glorious 4th – what a perfect spot!)


  12. EllaDee / Jul 3 2013 8:19 pm

    Love the t-shirts… clever The German’s person. And the dog security screening works for me… I just hate that process, and it wouldn’t be hard for the dogs to be smarter than some of the airport personnel I’ve encountered… what are you checking?… the deodorant in your bag… I can’t bring deodorant through? yes… I’m flying with the G.O. this weekend, and they always treat him like a terrorist… just because he looks like the poster stereotype 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2013 9:59 pm

      Dogs keep on rack and don’t get into showing off for someone (which some of the TSA agents do here when other “cute” TSA agents are around…sometimes it’s like the 3 Stooges. So hard not to roll eyes…but you don’t dare.)
      Those shirts are cute – we are attempting to keep Molly from mouthing them…she tends to try and grab shirts when she wants attention.
      Hope you have an easy flight this weekend!


  13. shoreacres / Jul 4 2013 1:36 am

    I read about the Denver experiment just a few days ago, and it sounded like things were going better than anyone expected. It seems to me that it should work.

    I loved the shopping site, but it reminded me of something I’ve discovered. Randalls carries organic wheat grass now in the produce section. You can get four times what any of the pet stores sell for 60% less. It lasts longer, too. Since Dixie doesn’t go out, I try to keep her supplied. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2013 10:13 pm

      We tried the Randall’s organic Wheatgrass – RC simply refused to even look at it. Nope. No way. Picky picky. I grow it in pots – stagger plantings. Absolutely necessary dietary supplement here. Apparently going green is good in some cases? Hope you’ve got your firework sighting place all picked out. (how I envy your deck/balcony)


  14. animallawnewsandabuse / Jul 4 2013 8:04 am

    TSA finally comes up with a good idea! That is good news 🙂

    I hope the thieves are caught soon :/ So sad that people do these things


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2013 9:20 pm

      Everyone loves the idea of dogs on duty! (Cats are sooo not interested, please don’t bother to ask.) Thanks for barking along


      • animallawnewsandabuse / Jul 5 2013 1:57 am

        🙂 Cat’s are the Masters of their own universe, & we are the servants… as it should be


  15. jannatwrites / Jul 6 2013 6:47 pm

    That’s a great idea. I’m amazed at what the trained dogs can do. I’m with the others – it’s a perfect situation as long as the dogs are treated well.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2013 11:47 pm

      They should get vacation days, too. Dogs on duty make everyone smile. Thanks for pawsing to chat



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