TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. —, who went viral on social media final yr for his work defending planes from hen strikes in Michigan, has died. He was 9 years previous.
The Border Collie’s companion, Brian Edwards, paid tribute to Piper on Instagram Wednesday, explaining his beloved four-legged good friend succumbed to a year-long battle with prostate cancer.
“It is with the ultimate sadness I must report the passing of my best friend and love of my life,” Edwards wrote. “He fought valiantly, and we did everything we could, but sometimes life just has to take its course.”
Edwards’ publish included a photograph of an American flag that was given to him by members of a Coast Guard unit that Piper as soon as helped to shield.
“Please join me in thanking the men and women, past and present, of Air Station Traverse City for their awesomeness,” he continued. “Piper and I are forever in your debt.”
Piper turned a viral sensation on social media for his sense of favor whereas engaged on the airport’s tarmac. For three years, he sported goggles and a uniform whereas defending plane from birds and different wildlife.
“I’ve been in a number of airports, they usually shotgun blanks,” Coast Guard Pilot Lt. Commander Charlie Wilsonin 2016. “Birds get used to that, they know, hey, it’s just a sound, nothing’s going to happen, but when you deploy a dog that actually chases after them and they have that fight or flight instinct, they go running, and they remember that.”
Prior to his demise, the wildlife management canine amassed greater than 95,000 followers on Instagram.
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