This gorgeous wee lad and soon-to-be detector dog needs a name – so we need your help!
"We're looking for a name beginning with 'M', as the puppy is part of the M-litter – the 36th beagle litter we've produced under Biosecurity NZ's detector dog breeding programme," says Brett Hickman, Detection Technology Manager, Biosecurity NZ.
Mr Hickman says the programme produces sniffer dogs ideally suited for biosecurity.
"Our beagles can detect a wide range of odours and they have a strong drive to find risk items. This makes them a valuable biosecurity tool, although by no means the only thing we use to protect New Zealand's borders from invasive pests and diseases."
Along with name suggestions, we're looking for volunteer foster families in Auckland and Hamilton to help the detector puppies get used to dealing with the public before they begin their formal training - find out more about that here: https://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/protection-and-response/detector-dog-programme/fostering-puppies/
You've got until April 19 to send us your suggestions (just leave a comment here) and sorry, MPI staff who work on the detector dogs team are not eligible to enter.
A couple of guidelines:
- Shorter is better
- Nothing offensive
- This puppy is male
- Only one entry per person please
- Our panel of judges will decide on the winner
To Make your name suggestion click https://www.facebook.com/MPIDetectorDogs