WOW! these are the most cool dogs ever! (click pic to enlarge) they jump out of coast guard helicopters and speeding boats and they help swimmers who get in trouble and could drown. they work with the coast guard in italy mostly at beaches. theyre called the corps of canine lifeguards and theyve got special training in saving swimmers.
lifedogs wear harnesses or tow boys and swimmers can grab onto them. sometimes they pull a raft to a swimmer so he could climb on and then they pull it back to the beach. the italian coast guard says theyve got hundreds of lifedogs working and every year the coast guard rescues at least 3,000 people and lots of them get saved by these neat dogs.
it takes three years to get a lifedog trained to be a really good life saver and right now theres 300 that are on duty. they get trained at the italian school of cainine lifeguards at a town outside rome. the school trains any breed but they gotta weigh up to at least 66 pounds. labradors, newfoundlands and golden retrievers are used the most because theyre water dogs and love swimming and retrieving.
lifedogs help the lifeguard to not get so tired in the water and get people to the shore a lot faster. theyre real smart and can go in the water and help a person and get him back to the shore all by themselves. they know how to chose the most safe place on the beach and how to swim through the most safe currents.
the dogs love their job and because of being natural retrievers they cant wait to get in the water and get a human and bring him back to the beach. for them saving lives isnt hard work its just a game and a really fun day at the beach.
hooray for lifedogs!
…smiles and hugs from lenny