Working K-9 to 5

These amazing dogs have important and unusual jobs.

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Is your dog on the payroll? He watches the house, keeps squirrels out of the yard, comforts and cheers the family, and serves as your four-legged personal trainer. Maybe you pay him in treats and hugs for all he does.

But some dogs, in addition to holding down the fort and cleaning up the crumbs under the table, do even more.

In a world filled with dogs who guide the blind, comfort the sick, locate the missing, and even serve in the military, the concept of the working dog is hardly new. But a handful of dogs performs tasks that might surprise you. From locating buried sea turtle nests to pulling Christmas trees, the four special dogs profiled here work hard, not just to please their people, but because they love having a job.

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