The RNLI has revealed the stars of their new dog safety campaign in the south to inform dog owners about keeping themselves and their dogs safe while walking on the coast.
The #RNLITopDog campaign ran at the Royal Cornwall Show and offered dog owners the chance for their canine companions be featured in the RNLI’s new dog safety messages. Each dog had their photograph taken which was then superimposed with a safety message for owners to follow.
Almost 300 dogs entered the competition and Dash, Buddy and Louie were chosen to feature in RNLI dog safety posters that will be put out across RNLI social media channels in the south west. ‘There are so many beautiful walks all around our region but there are some really dangerous spots within them which is why the RNLI’s safety messages are so important,’ says Simon Rafety, Buddy’s owner.
Dash, Buddy and Louie will now help spread messages about how to stay safe with your dog around the coast in the south west. Dash asks dog walkers to ‘take the lead’. The RNLI advises to always keep your dog on a lead when walking close to cliff edges. If they fall, do not go after them. Buddy will be reminding dog owners to enjoy their time at the coast but to always remember to check the tide times and weather conditions before you set out. Louie will be advising dog owners what to do if their dog does get into trouble at the coast. If your dog does swim out too far, do not go after them. Move to a place they can get to safely and call them – most will get back by themselves.
‘When a pet does in get into trouble, often the owners want to try and help them but, by doing so, put themselves into danger,’ explains Simon Hannaford, RNLI community safety officer. ‘In 2015, 119 dog walkers were rescued around the UK coastline. If you are worried about your dog at all, do not hesitate to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’