Beloved “airport dog” passes away

A dog that gained internet fame for chasing critters off a Michigan airport’s runways has died after a yearlong fight with cancer.

Piper was the wildlife-control dog at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. The 9-year-old border collie became the nemesis of geese and ducks at the airport starting in January 2015.

A year later, images of Piper on the job – in his official airport vest and ski goggles – became a top hit on online social forum Reddit. Curious fans even caused network problems on the airport’s website.

Piper also got a bit too excited that year: He hurt his leg jumping out of a pickup truck to chase a snowy owl.

Piper’s owner, Brian Edwards, is the airport’s director of operations. He says Piper spent his last day playing soccer, getting scratches and chasing one last snowy owl.

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