PAWSOME STARS

Cornwall Life - - THIS MONTH -

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.’

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