Thursday, 2 April 2009

Cornish lifeguard dog

A lifeguard dog that was banned from Sennen Cove beach in Cornwall will be back on duty this summer after hundreds of people signed a petition to get him back.
Normal dogs are banned from beaches in Cornwall from Easter until end of September, but Newfoundland lifeguard dog Bilbo got round that by sitting in his owner's beach buggy during patrols.
But when officials decided that wasn't safe, Bilbo was banned too.
Now about 1,500 people have signed a petition to get him classed as a working dog to see him back on patrol.

If he wasn't an official working dog, Bilbo's lifeguard owner Steve Jamieson would be fined £75 every time Bilbo was spotted on the beach.
The six-year-old dog had to pass special fitness and swimming tests before he was allowed to become Cornwall's first beach rescue dog three years ago.
His water-resistant coat and webbed paws come in very handy for the work and he's even got his own lifeguard vest.


rosiero said...

Quite right too.

Winchester whisperer said...

What's his track record?

Mopsa said...

Lovely, lovely dogs - just a shame they drool!

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

what a good story. Glad the owner did something about it instead of simply complaining.


Rebecca Taunton said...

Glad to hear that Bilbo will be back on duty this summer! :@)

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

I know I posted earlier on this thread, but I wanted to pop by and thank you for coming by my blog in March! I hope to hear from you again in April.


Flowerpot said...

I was very glad to hear that - keep our Sennen safe!

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