TSA hands out trading cards of working dogs



WASHINGTON — The canines with the Explosives Detection unit are working hard, sniffing around for harmful material on bags, under cars, on trouser legs — really anywhere a snout can snuffle.

Though we can't touch the dogs, we can make them our BFs, at least on laminated paper. Last year, the agency started producing collectible cards featuring the members of the TSA team, more than 107 animals with a nose for things that could go "kaboom."

The novelty items feature a close-up photo of the dog and its biographical info: e.g., Lino, a German wirehaired pointer, born Dec. 1, 2010, educated at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. A smaller image on the flip side shows the dogs in action, like Cymro investigating a garbage can and Jolly poking around a bench. The tiny print describes the dog's specialty and career highlights.