# Kernersville nc
These talented canines are sniffing out the Spotted Lanternfly
Handlers Jackie Fredieu and Chad Taylor with Kita and GooseEmily Adams. To celebrate National Dog Month and International Dog Day (August 26th), I want to introduce you to the first 2 dogs trained by the USDA to detect the spotted lanternfly - Goose and Kita! This lovable brother and sister duo of black labs have been through an intensive 8 week training program that equips them to detect the scent of the spotted lanternfly and notify their handlers. What a privilege for North Carolina to be the first state to have two dogs with such a unique and valuable skillset! Other states like New York and New Jersey do have dogs with similar training, just not USDA trained at this time.