Meet Our Finders

You’re peering straight into the heart of our organization right here. Say hello to our badass Conservation Dogs Collective Canine Finders! This talented team of conservation dogs can sniff out anything with an odor to help protect the planet we love. Don’t let the term “working dog” fool you. Although our working dogs are high performers in the field, they’re having a blast while unleashing their natural-born abilities for a purpose.

ERNIE

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Meet the O.G. of CDCI, Ernie!

Ernie is a non-stop force in the field, but if we are going to be really honest, Ernie is a bit of a derp. He’s like that guy in high school that was so darn funny that even the teachers had trouble telling him to stop talking. Nightly, Ernie can be seen in the living room carrying his food bowl and doing “the wiggle dance” before retiring to sleep snuggled up to his canine sister, Betty White.

Age: 4 years

Weight: 60lbs

Breed: Labrador Retriever

  • ​Nicknames: Derp, Ernie Nernie, Noodle

  • Favorite Food: Um... everything!

  • Favorite Toy: Shoes, socks, gloves, and kitchen towels

  • Favorite Sleeping Position: On his back, spread eagle!

  • Favorite Color: Blue

  • Best Friend: His "auntie" Holly

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ALVA

It's our sweetie from Texas, Alva!

Puppies born under a porch in rural Texas don’t often have a great chance at survival, much less becoming a Rockstar scent detection canine. Alva is just that! One of her ears sticks out a bit, and if she could talk, she would tell you that it makes her stand out. (Alva’s the kind of girl who’s not concerned with fashion). 

Age: 7 years

Weight: 55lbs

Breed: Rottie/Labrador Mix

  • ​Nicknames: Alvarado, She-Devil, A-dog

  • Favorite Food: Hamburgers

  • Favorite Toy: Do squirrels count?

  • Favorite Sleeping Position: Curled up with Clairess

  • Favorite Color: Yellow

  • Best Friend: Her mum, Clairess

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HARRIET

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Harry has a smile that'll melt your heart

Harriet was a stray living the hard life on the streets of Milwaukee. When she was found she was a sweet but scraggly little thing that weighed only 23 lbs., less than half of what her weight should have been. She was first brought into Clairess' home as a foster, but Alva loved her so much she invited her to stay—and gave her a cat named Gizmo.

Age: 7 years

Weight: 50lbs

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier

  • ​Nicknames: Harry Potter, Harry

  • Favorite Food: Food? Ewww! Tug?! YESSSS!

  • Favorite Toy: Anything that she can tug

  • Favorite Sleeping Position: On top of Alva

  • Favorite Color: Orange

  • Best Friend: Gizmo, her housemate kitty

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BETTY WHITE

Our not-so Golden Girl, BW!

Tiny but mighty, Betty White lives up to her name. In the field and at home, she’s always kind-hearted and quite certain the entire world loves her. Betty is a detail-oriented gal who leaves no leaf unturned when it comes to locating native bumble bee nests.

Age: 2 years

Weight: 44lbs

Breed: Labrador Retriever

  • ​Nicknames: Betty Bang, Tinker, Bitty Bee

  • Favorite Food: Blue cheese and chorizo

  • Favorite Toy: Cardboard and junk mail

  • Favorite Sleeping Position: Curled up in a ball

  • Favorite Color: The rainbow

  • Best Friend: The entire world

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WILLOW

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Born a star, meet Willow!

Willow was born with a star-shaped marking on her chest, so she was destined to be a "star" from the very start. A good girl at heart (she has her CGC certificate), she uses her nose not only for conservation, but for search and rescue work whenever she's available. 

Age: 8 years

Weight: 55lbs

Breed: Labrador Retriever

  • ​Nicknames: Bud, Buddy

  • Favorite Food: Steak, chicken, watermelon & yogurt

  • Favorite Toy: Hartz Dura Play Ball

  • Favorite Sleeping Position: With all 4 feet in the air

  • Favorite Color: Purple

  • Best Friend: Her mum, Jo

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JESSE

He's our international man of mystery, it's Jesse!

Jesse came to America all the way from the Czech Republic (where he was originally destined for the show ring but never grew into his gangly teenage legs). What he lacks in style, he makes up for in heart and nose! When he isn't in the field, Jesse wants nothing more than to snuggle up to his favorite people, other dogs, blankets, pillows, a pile of laundry... did we mention he is a major snuggler?

Age: 4 years

Weight: 45lbs

Breed: Belgian Tervuren

  • ​Nicknames: Jesse-poo, Jester, Mr. Pants

  • Favorite Food: The meatier, the better!

  • Favorite Toy: His rabbit skin tug

  • Favorite Sleeping Position: Snuggled up to anyone or anything squishy

  • Favorite Color: Grrrreen!

  • Best Friend: Cassidy, the other dog-brother

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Photos courtesy of Lindsay Hayward, Jo Lock, Morgan Charpentier