Thank goodness Daddy Nick gave me this new iPad before I left Richmond. Not only have I been able to email Daddy Nick and Mama Gena daily, but it also enables me to continue writing my weekly blog, “What’s Buggin’ You?” Before I left Richmond on this 9-week adventure to Florida, many of my “dog-blog” fans wrote into our website,, requesting I report back on my blog what is going on down here and give a weekly progress report. Well, I’m not one to let my fans down, so with a little jawboning to Daddy Nick; he ended up springing for this IPad and surprised me with it at the airport before I left. I’m still getting used to it but I like it a lot. Thanks again, Daddy Nick!

Our daily physical routine down here is relentless. In order to be a master at Bed-bug detection, a K-9 has to be in top physical form. A dog’s senses are enhanced if he is in top shape and our job depends on our keen senses.

Daddy Nick sent me an email with a Channel 6 News feature he did on bed bugs. He is well known locally as a bed bug behavior expert. Bed bugs are currently a national Pandemic and now showing up in homes and businesses like never before. There are 26 dogs in my current K-9 Bed-bug Detective class. I am proud to say we are all rescue dogs, the only dogs the Florida Canine Academy will accept and train. That is a lot of dogs in one class; however, the demand calls for us; all of us. We may be THE answer to putting a stop to, or at least slowing down, this nearly out of control Pandemic! Why, because where ever they hide, and they know how to hide, we will find them.

According to the New York Times, dogs trained to sniff out bed bugs are capable of detecting even a single egg and do so with 96% accuracy. The reason I am here is so when Loyal Termite and Pest Control gets a call from a potential client that bed bugs may be present; I will make sure they are detected properly, our company will then treat thoroughly for them, and then with a follow-up, we will make sure the job is complete.

The majority of my classmates are Beagles and Terriers like me. I am very proud of my breed and how well suited I am for my duty as a Termite Detective and now my pursuit to be the best Bed-bug Detective I can be. Remember, I am determined to graduate “Magna Bark Loudly” (#1) in this class as I did in my Termite class. Here is what the instructor said about us Terriers (my chest is puffed out now): a working dog that enjoys the thrill of the hunt, terriers are self-driven and relentless in the pursuit of their chosen target. Their loyalty to owners and impressive physical strength make them well-suited for a career in detecting bed bugs.


You know what I’ll be barking when I get back to Ricky-town:

When it comes to termite and pest control; Hunter says,
“If you got ‘em, we’ll get ‘em!”

I’ll bark at you again next week, Ruff! Ruff!

The Necessity for Bed-bug K-9 Detectives – Hunter’s Florida Adventure (2) in Virginia

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