Eebbers, an adorable 11-year-old Vizsla and Labrador mix, has been working on passenger screenings at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. In a statement he shared with CNN, the TSA said Paul International Airport has been in use for almost a decade.
Eebbers and his handler, Jean Carney, began their retirements simultaneously on August 31st.
The agency explained that Eavers is still a successful sniffer dog, but “this job is very physically and mentally taxing on working dogs.”
“Their handlers are sensitive to their abilities and enthusiasm.
Eebbers was the TSA’s oldest working dog, the TSA added.
Like other passenger screening dogs, Eebbers are trained to detect explosives and the smell of explosives, the TSA said. He was named after U.S. Army Private James Ebbers, who died in Djibouti in 2002, the TSA said.
According to a statement, Eebbers was the last working dog born in the now-closed TSA’s Puppy Program.
“At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and at numerous events around the country, Eebbers and Jean couldn’t be more proud of their years of service dedicated to keeping their passengers safe,” a statement shared with CNN. “Our greatest threat is explosives, and our dog team is our best defense against it.”
“The title of cutest dog is a fitting send-off for this dog enjoying a well-deserved retirement.”
Eebbers won the TSA’s cutest dog award at the end of August after a national social media contest. In addition to standard passenger screening at the Minneapolis airport, his illustrious career also includes sniffing at two Super Bowls, Special Olympics World Games, NCAA National Championship football games, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR events. Included, he said, the TSA. .
The hard-working dog will continue to live with its handler for the rest of its life, the TSA said.
“TSA dog handlers have lived with dogs throughout their careers, and this close bond helps both team members function better.