CAPS: Farewell to Piper the runway king |

CAPS: Farewell to Piper the runway king

Kathleen Williams-Miller
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Piper was a working dog who found his calling at an airport runway in Traverse City, Mich. On his last shift he chased a snowy owl from the runway for a grand total of 8,367 birds he had scared during his career.

Airports need a plan to mitigate natural hazards like wildlife, and Piper became the plan for Cherry Capitol Airport. Piper worked 40 hours a week keeping the runway clear and safe for planes to take off and land. He was a natural at the job because he loved chasing the rodents, foxes and other wildlife off the runways.

He was trained by his dad, Brian Edwards, who was his constant companion, trainer and friend. Piper gained fame for his performance because he was so darn good at it and quite the photogenic rogue. He was a beautiful border collie who looked great in his aviator goggles.

Piper was outfitted with special equipment that protected his eyes, ears and feet.

Sadly, Piper had prostate cancer, and even with the most advanced treatment, the disease progressed. Nothing could stop Piper until his final day when he succumbed to illness. I’m pretty sure Piper is watching out for the aviators who depended on him from over the rainbow. Please check out Piper at where you can see him in all his glory.


Donations for veterinarian bills. We have some animals who need daily medical items and we could use some help meeting the cost of treatment.

Volunteers to help build kennels. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Warm blankets and towels for our kennels.

Folks to sign up for Amazon Smile program, details below.

Volunteers to walk dogs or play with cats. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans, which we recycle to augment our shelter funds. We are unable to pick up cans because of trailer problems, but please continue to save them.


The wonderful Fallon restaurants that made our December raffle give-away possible. When choosing a restaurant, please patronize the folks who help CAPS and keep our community strong by supporting local causes. When you eat at these establishments, thank them for supporting CAPS. A Four Paws Salute to Courtyard Cafe, Depot, J.D.’s, Jerry’s, La Fiesta, Main Street Cafe, Stockman’s, Susie’s BBQ, Papa Murphy’s, Pizza Factory and The Wok.


CAPS will be at Walmart this month with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. We have caps, shirts, and mugs, so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.


January Pet Holidays: Walk Your Pet Month

To register in the AmazonSmile program, a website operated by Amazon. Customers enjoy many of the same selection of products, low prices and shopping features as on The only difference is that, when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by you.

Flower Tree Nursery will be raffling a 20-gallon tree March 15 and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.

CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me

Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.