Perhaps it was memory of the standing ovation given to Hugo, a 4-legged member of the Arlington police department, the evening before. (BlogPaws gave Hugo his own protective K-9 vest during their awards banquet.)
Perhaps it was the trek through TSA which all passengers are now so familiar with when they fly. Possibly that trip through the scanner was still fresh in their minds.
Perhaps it was because one of said bloggers was a pilot and the other, an undercover cop.
Or perhaps it was just finely honed (cough) powers of observation that cut through the sheer exhaustion from the 3-day conference.
For whatever reason, one blogger found herself asking the other blogger: "do you see that plastic bag, sitting under the chair really close to us, and completely abandoned?"
(Which, by the way, is perfect for today's Saturday PhotoHunt topic: "unknown". But we digress.)
|Pardon the reenactment, but certain people were complete and utter slackers |
when it came to documenting the event. And they call themselves bloggers?
After much debate over what to do about said bag -- "It's probably nothing" "Are we really going to flag TSA down over this?" "You're the pilot, you decide" "You're the cop, you decide!" "Okay, FINE" (well, not really, but the actual debate was far less interesting), one blogger looked up to see two TSA agents passing by and dumped the entire problem in their laps.
The two agents approached the bag carefully but kept their distance. They confirmed the bag had been unclaimed for well over half an hour, then contacted airport police to send an explosives expert -- the kind with a nose for these things -- out to investigate.
While scrambling to send their representative from his post, another policeman (who had heard the report on the radio and happened to be nearby) strolled over to investigate.
He examined the bag from a slightly closer vantage, sniffed a moment, hesitated, then grabbed the bag and took it over to the trash can. "It smells too good to be a bomb," he declared, then promptly called to cancel the other team and informed them the object was "just trash."
|Faraday: "I could have told them THAT. We kitties know noms when we smell them!"|
"We have some great explosives dogs in the program," he said. The breeds most frequently trained for this type of work, I learned, were German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, and occasionally mixes of these breeds. Occasionally Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, and Bouvier de Flandres are trained, as well. Other breeds can also considered, if detection is their only job.
"But what I really want," he added, "is a bomb sniffing pig."
Wait. A pig?
Yep. Turns out a pig's sense of smell is more highly developed than even that of a dog. In fact, their noses have been used to find truffles (that famous delicacy coveted by chefs the world over) as far back as ancient Rome.
And now some governments are rumored to be considering the use of bomb-sniffing pigs on their security teams, in the place of explosives dogs.
So keep your eyes peeled. You may soon encounter bomb-sniffing pigs in your travels!
Bomb-sniffing pigs. Who knew?
We're also participating in the Weekend Cat Blogging blog hop...
...and the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop, hosted by Baby Patches, Life with Dogs and Two Little Cavaliers.