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Monday, March 08, 2010

The Beagle Brigade

The Beagle Brigade has absolutely nothing to do with Charles M. Schulz's Snoopy! My co-worker, Carolyn, alerted me to the Beagle Brigade, and I thought I'd share it with you.
The Beagle Brigade is a group of nonaggressive detector dogs and
their human partners. They search travelers’ luggage for prohibited fruits, plants, and meat that could harbor harmful plant and animal pests and diseases. These detector dogs work with APHIS inspectors and x-ray technology to prevent the entry of prohibited agricultural items.
The APHIS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Health Inspection Service. Check out Beagle Brigade information provided by the USDA by clicking here, and information on the APHIS here.


Besides being good detector dogs, beagles make great pets (this is not a personal opinion, I find beagles too yappy for my tastes), and of course, they are the inspiration for that beloved pet, Snoopy.

If you're looking into a beagle as a pet, we have a number of books that can provide information on dog ownership in the 636.7 section. Our children's room has The Beagle by Charlotte Wilcox [J 636.7 WIL] and Puggles by Jill C. Wheeler [J 636.76 WHE]--a puggle is a pug-beagle mix.

Snoopy fans can borrow Friends Forever, Snoopy [E SCH], Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and the Story of the World's Best-Loved Comic Strip [741.5 SCH], or any of the many DVDs, including It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! [J DVD CHA] (spring really is coming--I hope...)

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