Who’s 168 pounds, stands 6 feet tall on his hind legs, has webbed paws, and is a hero along with being totally adorable? That would be Whizz, the gentle giant Newfoundland dog whose strength, courage, and training give him the ability to save as many as a dozen people at once. Now that’s some dog!
Whizz is part of the Newfound Friends, a group of dogs who perform and demonstrate their water rescue skills to raise money for children’s charities. Each week the team of 14 Newfoundlands (what a sight that must be!) hit the Cotswold Water Park to lend a paw to lifeguards in training with their drills and technique. They frequent marine festivals throughout the UK, dazzling and awing audiences with their prowess in the water. In addition to being great rescue dogs, Newfoundlands are extremely affable, and guests love taking photos with them.
Whizz rose to fame in 2007 when he helped rescue another dog from an icy pool. Now he is being hailed as one of the world’s best rescue dogs for his ability to safely steer to shore 12 people who are linked together.
Whizz and his pack have been featured in festivals and on television shows, and with their visits to children’s hospices, the dogs are simply all-round heroes.