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Help name this bio security puppy

Kids of New Zealand, the cutest addition to border control needs your help.
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Video source: MPI Detector Dogs Facebook

Kiwi school kids have a tough job ahead of them. Classrooms around the country have been tasked with naming the latest puppy to be employed as a detector dog.

The Ministry for Primary Resources has been breeding detector dogs for 21 years, producing more than 30 liters. Last year they ran a similar competition to name two of the beagle pups.

One of their dogs, Aria, recently gave birth to six puppies – three boys and three girls – and now one of the female puppies is waiting to be named by the public.

The rules are pretty simple; the puppy is from the “G” litter, so the name must begin with the letter G (so Puppy McPuppyFace is a no go), a short name is better, and obviously anything offensive won’t be considered.

The competition, which is being run on the MPI Detecor Dogs Facebook page, is open to all schools, with one entry allowed per class.

More than 50 passive-response detector dog teams are working across all major international airports, and dogs also monitor the International Mail Centre in Auckland, international cargo companies and cruise ship arrivals from overseas.

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