A group of border collies are doing their part in saving a forest and all they know is that they are having a lot of fun. Wildfires had devastated more than a million acres of forest land in Chile last year. It took a special team to help restore the damaged forests. The team was made up of a family and their three border collies.
Das and her two daughters Olivia and Summer make up half of the team. The other half is made up of their three Border Collies. These dogs have been trained to run through the burned forests with special backpacks on. These backpacks are full of native plant seeds that are spread through the land as the dogs run around. The Border Collie is the perfect breed for this kind of job because they love running through miles and miles of forest terrain.
But it takes more than just running around the land. It also requires speed, intelligence, endurance, and the discipline to not get distracted by the local wildlife. The dogs can cover as many as 18 miles a day and distribute as much as 20 pounds of seeds in the terrain. It is also a great excuse to the let the dogs run around and have fun. According to the team, the hard work has already begun to pay off and small plants are sprouting up every day.
“We have seen many results in flora and fauna coming back to the burned forest!”