Three Dogs Wear Backpacks To Heal Burned Forests, And We're Overwhelmed With Cuteness

Diply 29 Jun 2018

If you've glanced at the news during any of the last few summers, you'll have noticed a lot of fire. Some dry climates are pretty used to it, but as the fires grow, they can become devastating to forests and wildlife.

One dog owner has a pretty unique approach to help a forest near her home grow again, and she gets her border collies to help.

This is Das, Summer, and Olivia.

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Das is the mom, and Summer and Olivia are her pups, though they have pretty mature jobs. All three of these border collies do some very committed work in reforestation.

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The border collies live in Chile, which had a devastating year for forest fires in 2017.

Instagram | @olivia_bordercolliedog

Last January, the country experienced its worst wildfires in decades with over 1.4 million acres burned. There was a lot of charred land, but these collies are doing their part.

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All three dogs wear special backpacks filled with seeds native to the area.

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As Das, Summer, and Olivia gallop around the forest, behind trees and in circles, they leave a trail of seeds behind them.

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Their owner, Francisca Torres, started this project in March 2017.

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"They reeeeeally love [it]!!" Torres told Mother Nature Network (MNN). "It's a country trip, where they can run as fast as they can and have a great time."

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Torres and her sister bring out the border collies whenever they can.

Instagram | @olivia_bordercolliedog

"We come out with the dogs and the backpacks full of native seeds, and they run for the burned forest spreading the seeds," said Torres to MNN.

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The dogs look pretty happy to have such an important job. 

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They even stand super still while Torres refills their bags before they go bounding off again. Gotta spread it around, you know.

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Torres and her sister buy the seeds themselves.

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It's their little project, but Torres says they've been seeing native plants start to return to the burned areas they go to.

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She also says that border collies are ideal for the work.

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These pups are capable of covering 18 miles in a single day and spreading more than 20 pounds of seeds.

Try that, humans.

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Das and her two pups get rewards other than exercise.

Instagram | @summerbordercollie

Torres has trained them with treats, so they'll get a treat whenever they come back to Torres, when they stand patiently as their seeds are refilled, and when they're all done for the day.

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This adorable family trio even has some Newfoundland siblings.

Instagram | @summerbordercollie

Torres seems to just use the border collies to spread seeds though, and she says she uses them because they're so smart.

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We love Das, Summer, and Olivia and it's so great to see these canines helping to reduce environmental damage.

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I mean, if everything was burned, where would they get to bask in the sunshine and sleep on grassy hills?

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The border collies love what they do, and you have to admire their enthusiasm. 

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Those seeds really fly through the air, and hopefully they'll germinate to help recover the native plants that were burned.

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