Now that weed is legal in Washington, some drug-sniffing dogs are finding themselves with a skill set that is no longer necessary. All that hard work that went into training these savvy canines to smell out weed, and now the police don’t need them to find it. Indeed, much hubbub is being made of Dusty, pictured, the state’s newest police scent dog. He is being trained to sniff out all the illegal drugs other than marijuana. Meanwhile, other police departments are working on desensitizing the dogs to the smell they worked so hard to learn to detect. Lucky Dusty. It’s kind of like if it was suddenly announced that you wouldn’t have to take a language in order to graduate. It leaves Dusty so much more time to smoke up.
Pot-sniffing dogs could find alternate employment with a company like Dogs Finding Drugs, which rents out dogs to workplaces and homes where bosses or parents or roommates suspect drug use. Or they could just do pro bono work, lending their services to stoners who have misplaced their stash. Now, that’d be awesome.