Gov­er­nors Island’s pack of work­ing dogs grows to four!

Wel­come, Aspen! The newest and youngest mem­ber of the pack, Aspen is a nine-month-old minia­ture Aussie. Like all of our work­ing dogs, Aspen joined us from the Mid-Atlantic Bor­der Col­lie Rescue. 

Won­der­ing why we need a team of dogs work­ing on Gov­er­nors Island? These four pups do more than just look cute. It’s their job to keep Gov­er­nors Island free of Cana­da geese. In addi­tion to leav­ing a mess all over our sprawl­ing green lawns, geese waste can also lead to the spread of inva­sive species and they can be aggres­sive toward peo­ple while they’re nest­ing. After try­ing many meth­ods of geese-con­trol, the work­ing dogs proved to be the most sus­tain­able and humane (the dogs nev­er harm them) solution. 

Aspen joins Chip (who just turned one!) as the res­i­dent pup­pies learn­ing basic obe­di­ence train­ing, while Max and Quinn work to keep the Island geese-free. Soon, Aspen and Chip will receive offi­cial geese train­ing. Once they’re up to speed the pack will work as a unit, cov­er­ing more ground with more fre­quent patrols. 

Want to sup­port them in their efforts to keep Gov­er­nors Island’s land­scapes healthy, clean and geese-free? Give a work­ing dog as a gift for the hol­i­days! The work­ing dog gift comes with your very own Max stuffed ani­mal and a per­son­al­ized adop­tion cer­tifi­cate. Order your gift by Mon­day, Decem­ber 17 to ensure deliv­ery by Christmas.

Inter­est­ed in see­ing how Max, Quinn, Chip and Aspen spend their dog days on the Island? Fol­low them on Insta­gram: @giworkingdogs