When you get home from the office, a hard day of work under your belt, ready to kick back, you can always count on your dog to be a great couch partner. While most dogs are happy to be lounging, some of them spend their time working just as hard as the rest of us—at least, that’s what they want us to think, anyway. Check out these dogs who have important or unique day jobs.
Lucy Lou, the Mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
Lucy Lou is a border collie who is not the first dog to hold office in this town. In fact, she’s the THIRD canine to hold this office. Rabbit Hash first gained notoriety in 1998 when they first elected a dog to be the mayor, and since then, all mayoral elections have been won by dogs—though that’s not to say they’ve run uncontested. In this small town, cats, goats and other animals have also run for office. Lucy Lou was elected in 2008, and spends her time in “office” at the town’s General Store, where she poses for pictures and greets visitors.
Charlie, the Security Dog
Charlie is a security officer at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He’s even got an ID card—looks pretty official to us. We wouldn’t want to try any funny business around this serious pooch, would you?
Tucker, the Orca-Finder
Dogs love sniffing butts, so it stands to reason that Tucker has a job sniffing out poop. Tucker is a rescue dog, and he’s nicknamed “The Pooper Snooper” for his ability to spot orca poop floating in the water from up to a mile away. His sightings help researchers track pods of whales, collecting vital information about whale diets, including what and where the whale has eaten as well as tracing poisons and toxins that may be affecting local whale pods.
Ilsa, the Foodie Forager
If you’ve heard of truffles—and not the chocolate kind—you know that they’re pricey, rare, and hard to find. Enter Ilsa, a Belgian malinois. She and her trainer/business partner lead truffle-hunting expeditions in the Oregon wilderness, searching out these delicate mushrooms. Previously, pigs were the hunting partner of choice for these specialties, but nowadays, dogs of all breeds have been helping out. Just make sure they don’t eat the treasure before it can be served up in a 5-star restaurant.
Yuki and Shooter, the Rescuers
Yuki is a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever who works at the Aleyska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, and Shooter is a golden retriever who works in Squaw Valley, California at the Alpine Meadows Resort. Both dogs are avalanche rescue dogs, relying on regular practice finding people, clothing and scent-laden toys in burial scenarios to help them do their jobs successfully. These pooches can ride chair lifts, too—but they don’t have to pay for a lift ticket!
Sinatra, the Doorman
Sinatra is a sleepy-looking, yet ready-to-work French bulldog who mans the door of the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in a Greenwich Village, NYC landmark building. Do you want to try your fake ID with Ol Blue…er, Ol’ Brown Eyes?