For those of you who have never owned livestock...in the slow news days here in the US we've been made aware of a Newfoundland
dog named Bilbo (no doubt after Bilbo Baggins?) who is on official duty as a lifesaving dog in England
Bilbo is a small dog by Newf standards. The breed was once stocked--literally--as crew in the original US Lifesaving Service
coast watch stations, for rescue
duty. And carried aboard ships for the same purpose.
There's also another one named "Mas" who is working in Italy
. Mas is teamed with a helicopter rescue
swimmer, and Mas jumps out of the chopper along with his master!
Then there's the French government
, which apparently doesn't have any Newfs on staff right now, but has run tests and determined that one Newfoundland
dog is sufficient to pull one life boat
with 20 survivors on board. Don't ask me why, they didn't say.<G>
on board? No sir, that's my rescue swimmer. He's crew!