This weeks local of the week comes from one of my favourite places, Trieste. This young woman spends her days saving those who have fallen into the unforgiving sea surrounding Trieste. She is part of the Scula Cani Salvataggio Friuli Venezia Giulia (which translates to the school of dog rescue in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia).
During a recent trip to Trieste, I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I had the chance to witness the incredible skills both dogs and humans go through, to become life savers on the coast of Trieste. It was on a sunny Monday afternoon that I stumbled across a live demonstration of the lifesaving skills from both canines and humans. Men and women were strapped into wetsuits and each had a dog standing by their side howling to get into the water. An announcer stood by speaking into a microphone. He explained to a large crowd of people what was happening in the water, and how humans and dogs react together in certain life threatening situations.
Both dogs and humans spend at least a year training to become a fully fledged member of the Scula Cani Salvataggio and consist of lifesaving and swimming instructors. The whole event was very entertaining, both dogs and humans showed skill and determination. Throughout the show the lifesavers were effortlessly diving in and out of the water, to show the audience what would happen in the event of a near death experience in the water.
The school of dog rescue has been operating in this part of Italy for over 13 years. They work closely with local law enforcement and work tirelessly to keep the people of Friuli Venezia Giulia safe. So never fear you’re in safe in hands on your next trip to Trieste.