Don’t worry about Zipp.
The recently retired Cox Arboretum MetroPark border collie is still zipping, but nowadays it is in the name of fun and not work.
After a decade on the goose-chasing patrol at the park, the beloved pooch lives comfortably in a family home in the south part of the Dayton area, Mike Enright, Five Rivers MetroParks interim director of conservation, told us.
Enright said Zipp didn’t seem to particularly care for other dogs until meeting his new border collie brothers and sisters. The small herd has been romping ever since.
“Off they went, and they were best friends,” he said.
Now nearly 13, Zipp has arthritis and a number of other ailments that led him to officially retire in the middle of July.
“He’s about 80 years old in dog years,” Enright said. “We knew he was coming to the end of his working days. We were lucky enough to find a family that had other border collies.”
His new family prefers to remain unnamed for privacy but has created Zipp the Border Collie Facebook page for those who want to keep up with the much-beloved doggie.
The pooch earned his name at Cox, chasing away thousands of messy (use your imagination) geese since arriving in 2005.
"When he got there, there were over a hundred geese that lived at the arboretum,” Enright said. “We had that brand new building, and we had geese all over the place. People weren’t happy. He chased them away and kept them away for a decade."
Specially trained since birth, Zipp was 2 years old when he got to the park.
“He loved chasing geese. When there was not geese to chase, he would chase chipmunks or frogs. He needed to chase something,” Enright said. “Even in his later years, he still loved to play fetch and chase the John Deere (around the park).”
A decision has not been made about a replacement for Zipp.
Enright said there are now a number of companies that have goosing dogs. The MetroParks may hire a contractor.
(Photo Source: Facebook/ Zipp the Border Collie)