These Are Some Brave Pups!
The world is becoming a safer place to live in thanks to these Newfoundland rescue dogs. As a new part of a rescue training program, Newfoundland dogs are being used to help save lives of those stranded at sea.
The pups that you see in these pictures are the graduates from the Italian Dog Rescue School. They are the world’s first airborne dog rescue team.
Its not an easy task to graduate from said training. The Newfoundlands dogs require a minimum of three years training before they can start jumping from moving airborne vehicles. Once completing their training, they are considered expert rescuers.
The Newfoundland breed of dogs are equipped with unparalleled strength and swimming capability. They are able to paddle to shore with a person rather safely and quickly.
The Italian rescue team comes equipped with over 300 dogs throughout the Italian beaches. According to the Italian Coast Guard, about 3,000 people are rescued by the dogs every year.
“Dogs are useful in containing the physical fatigue of the lifeguard, to increase the speed at which casualties are retrieved, to increase the security of both the casualty and of the lifeguard. The dog becomes a sort of intelligent lifebuoy. It is a buoy that goes by itself to a person in need of help, and comes back to the shore also by himself, choosing the best landing point and swimming through the safest currents.”- Roberto Gasbarri (Program coordinator)