Watch as Bomb-sniffing Dog Gets Showered in Toys During His Retirement Celebration
The Transportation Security Administration's cutest canine retired at the end of last month with a shower of toys and a very explosive cake.
Eebbers, an 11-year-old Labrador retriever and Vizsla mix, worked as an explosives-sniffing dog for 10 years at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport—when he wasn't working at Super Bowls, NCAA championships, and the Special Olympics.
He was named after U.S. Army Pvt. James Ebbers, who died in October 2002 in Djibouti, Africa, at the age of 19. The dog was born as a part of the TSA's Puppy Program and was the last remaining member to still work for the TSA.
Right before his last day, the TSA announced Eebbers had won the administration's 2022 Cutest Canine Contest. Thanks to his public support, Eebbers will grace the cover of the TSA's 2023 Canine Calendar.
With that honor and a decade of service, he certainly deserved his big sendoff, courtesy of WCCO in Minneapolis:
Aw, look at that tail.
Eebbers retired alongside his handler and partner Jean Carney, according to NPR. Along with all those toys, he also received a bomb-shaped pup cake with his name on it.
The TSA employs more than 1,000 canine teams. Dogs like Eebbers, with their incredibly powerful noses, are trained to sniff and then alert their handlers when they detect explosives or other contraband. All while in a busy, loud airport where—shockingly—not everyone is on their best behavior.
As part of his goodbye celebration, Eebbers's colleagues took off his "do not pet" vest, allowing him to finally get some good scratches and pets from admirers.
He's retired to a life of swimming and just being a dog. A dog with many, many new toys.