A tourist resort in Spain has made the decision to expand their rescue team on the beach. However, instead of another dashing, handsome beefcake, they decided to go another route. Their newest employee is Bruno, a massive black Newfoundland that has proven to be a natural born swimmer.
The resort is in San Pedro del Pinatar which is a hotspot for beach lovers and swimmers from all over. Bruno was a fixture at the beach long before he was ever considered to be a lifeguard himself. His owner David Alvarez was already a lifeguard at the beach and brought Bruno to hang out most days. However, one day, finding out that the Newfoundland breed are notoriously good swimmers, Alverez decided to conduct an experiment. His test found that Bruno was not only a good swimmer, but an extremely powerful one. At his best, Bruno was able to swim to shore while pulling plastic containers filled with water that weighed a whopping 3,000 pounds. Not only that, but Bruno can swim for three miles before even getting tired. All of this makes for one great potential lifeguard, so Bruno was officially added to the team.
It is Bruno's breed that makes him so skilled at activities in the water. The Newfoundland breed are natural born swimmers that traditionally help out fishermen in Newfoundland, Canada (imagine that!) They usually host webbing between their feet to make swimming a breeze and also host two layers of fur to act as waterproofing. Their fur is actually almost as waterproof as duck feathers and it also enhances the dog's buoyancy. Now swimmers in trouble only have to hold onto Bruno's massive body as he swims for the shore.
“I wasn’t sure if my employers (would) go for it but after trials they really love the idea! Now I think they are planning on getting other lifeguard dogs,” Alvarez said.