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New sheriff in town: Dog patrols geese problem at Thomas More College

Posted: 11:18 AM, Jul 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-22 12:59:38-04
New sheriff in town: Dog patrols geese problem at Thomas More College

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Tommy Boy is back in college.

But this Tommy Boy is a four-legged, geese-chasing machine charged with patrolling the campus at Thomas More College .

The border collie was trained at Flyaway Farm and Kennels  to scatter geese off of the walkways around campus. The kennel, located in North Carolina, specializes in training collies as a means of wildlife control.

Steve Johnson, a member of the Campus Safety and Security team, serves as Tommy Boy’s main handler. He said the dog has quickly adapted to his role as Thomas More’s ‘Geese Police.’

Tommy Boy isn’t all about work, though. He hangs out with students when he is off duty.

Chris Powers, associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Admissions, said Tommy Boy provides a sense of home for the students.

“He’s been a big hit at our summer orientations, our incoming class is thrilled with the prospect of having their very own campus dog,” Powers said.

Tommy Boy replaces Tommy, the Corgi/border collie mix who patrolled the grounds for several years before retiring last spring.