Thursday, 19 January 2012

World’s First Airborne Water Rescue Team!

In 1989, Ferruccio Pilenga opened a School for Life-Guard Dogs. Pilenga, together with his inseparable Terranova named MAS (the only dog in Italy with a SICS Operative Water Rescue Certificate recognised by Switzerland, France and Italy Port Authorities and Coast Guards). 

Some breeds of dogs have a built-in instinct to recue people. The best known is the Newfoundland (i.e. Terranova) others are the Labrador and Retriever. 

Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue / life saving due to their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet and innate swimming abilities.

The Italian School of Rescue Dogs is the only institution in Europe to organise annual classes to train water rescue dogs in sea rescue by boats and helicopters. They collaborate closely with Italian Heli-Rescue Teams - Air Rescue, Airforce, Police, Customs, Firemen and Civil Defence.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

How Cool is your Dog?

Because many states allow only assistance dogs to be brought into stores or malls, some people take their dogs along on errands but leave them in the car. This can be deadly. A little heat outside a car can quickly make it very hot inside.

On a summer's day of only 85 degrees Fahrenheit, for example, even keeping the windows slightly open won't stop the inside temperature from climbing to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and to 120 degrees in 20 minutes. A dog whose body temperature rises to 107-108 degrees will within a very short time suffer irreparable brain damage — or even death

FlierSignRedRover's "Don't Leave Me in Here - It's Hot!" flier has saved countless animals' lives over the years. With its tips on prevention and treatment, the flier has proven to be a painless reminder that alerts someone of the dangers of leaving animals in the car while he or she is shopping.

Whenever you see a parked car with animals inside, place the "Don't Leave Me in Here - It'sHot!" flier under the windshield wiper. 

NB: If you see an animal in imminent danger or a child left unattended inside a car, see the store manager or contact the police.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Help is a Four-Legged Word

Assistance dogs help transform lives of people with disabilities, creating life-changing independence. Watch how it all begins, and the people behind Canine Companions for Independencemaking help a four-legged word

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