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Lifedogs

Swimmers off of Italy’s beaches are protected each summer by specially trained canine lifeguards.

In this 2007 photo provided by SICS, the Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio-Italian School of Canine Lifeguards, a terranova dog jumps from a lifeguard boat during a training in Isola D'Elba island, Italy.

Italian School of Canine Lifegua

Alyssha the dog, and her lifeguard Donatella Pasquale, are lowered from a helicopter during an exercise at Lago D'Iseo lake in Italy in 2006.

Italian School of Canine Lifegua

Mas the dog, and his lifeguard and school founder Ferruccio Pilenga, perform a rescue during a training at Isola D'Elba island, Italy, in this 2007 photo.

Italian School of Canine Lifegua

Mas the dog, jumps from a helicopter ahead of his lifeguard and school founder Ferruccio Pilenga, during a patent test at Lago D'Iseo lake in Italy, in September 2008.

Italian School of Canine Lifegua

Lifeguard dogs of the Italian school perform a makeshift rescue operation at an international lifeguard meeting in Winterbach, Germany.

Italian School of Canine Lifegua