Airport dogs retire for Xmas
Two of Queenstown Airport’s best known employees are waving a paw goodbye to illustrious careers and heading to their ‘furever’ home for Christmas.
Avsec Explosive Detector Dogs EDD, Bruce, 8, and Archie, 9, are being retired from their work at Avsec Queenstown. New homes with families within the Queenstown Airport community have been found from a long list of eager new owners.
Bruce came to Queenstown last year with Sergeant Bryn Thomas to set up QAC’s dog unit after a career at all other major airports in New Zealand.
The dog was a key player in a recent bomb scare at the airport and was charged with searching the terminal and land side areas.
Archie arrived in Queenstown in August 2015 with his handler Andy Buchanan.
Their job has been to sniff for explosives and explosive materials, not drugs or food.
They stay with their handlers at home each night, unlike the other dogs who stay in sanitised lodgings to ensure their senses stay clean.
There are now five dogs in the unit at Queenstown Airport, with new dogs identified through a puppy development programme.
Thomas has already taken on a new side-kick, a two year old long haired Border Collie called Kane, and Buchanan has Toby, a German short haired Pointer/ Labrador.
Handlers Andy Buchanan and Bryn Thomas with Avsec detector dogs Archie and Bruce at Queenstown Airport.