Drug Detection Dog Re-Trained To Sniff Out Hidden Rolls of Toilet Paper

Most of the time, Mac, a detection dog working for Scotland Police, spends his days sniffing out drugs, which always gives this springer spaniel plenty of work to do.

But since the coronavirus has grown into a global pandemic, Mac’s job responsibilities have shifted slightly. Now he’s been charged with finding a different kind of hot commodity, toilet paper, which has become suddenly scarce in this new era of panic buying!

The adorable video below shows the energetic pup racing around the police department in search of a hidden roll of toilet paper. The dog looks under a desk, to no avail, but then picks up the scent again near the filing cabinets. He frantically sniffs around, his entire body shaking with excitement, before correctly identifying the exact drawer containing the hidden roll. Then this very good boy sits down and patiently waits for his human officers to help retrieve the hidden stash.

“With all the silly panic buying. We enlisted the help of #PDMac to help find the essentials. Only buy what you need, think of others,” officers captioned this cute and hilarious video. The adorable (and timely clip) quickly garnered thousands of page views on Twitter.

It’s pretty clear from the video that Mac, whose basically wriggles with joy while his works, really, really loves his job. He’s also pretty good at it! It only took him a couple of seconds to find this coronavirus contraband. Did you even know toilet paper rolls had a scent? No, we didn’t either.


His human officers are probably pretty happy that Mac has learned this new trick, which will certainly come in handing when cruising empty supermarket aisles. Regardless, we hope Mac can go back to his real job soon, because that would mean that this scary pandemic is finally over! In the meantime, we’ve found this adorable video is a pretty great way to distract ourselves during self-isolation. Good boy, Mac! Keep up the good work!

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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