BI THE WAY, HANG ON SNOOPY

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SHE’S never been in a dog­fight but Snoopy the Jack Rus­sell ter­rier is ide­ally qual­i­fied for her job as head of se­cu­rity at Ade­laide Bi­planes.

The 12-year-old ter­rier has been turn­ing up for work ev­ery day since she was a puppy and can sniff out trou­ble in an in­stance.

Own­ers Gay­lene and Mar­tyn Smith named her Snoopy, af­ter the Peanuts char­ac­ter who flies a Sop­with Camel bi­plane in the car­toon strip, be­cause she was so com­fort­able around peo­ple and planes.

“She’s very so­cia­ble and meets all the stu­dents and their fam­i­lies,” says Gay­lene. “She lays on the deck­ing in the sun wait­ing for them all to re­turn safely.”

Such a re­spon­si­ble role de­serves a big re­ward but Snoopy hasn’t asked for a rise in all her years and is con­tent with the odd treat of a piece of dried duck.

Snoopy reck­ons she would be bark­ing mad to work any­where else than Ade­laide Bi­planes, based at the charm­ing Aldinga Air­field, but Hol­ly­wood may yet come call­ing. “She’s in our Face­book video and there’s no doubt who’s the star,” adds Gay­lene.

FLY­ING ACE: Snoopy the Jack Rus­sell is “head of se­cu­rity’’ at Ade­laide Bi­planes , Aldinga. Pic­ture: TAIT SCHMAAL

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