World's greenest and bravest dogs die

Dayko had helped rescue seven people in the Ecuador quake while Tubby had entered the Guinness Book of Records for sniffing out 26,000 plastic bottles for recycling

London: Two Good Samaritan Labradors died recently after being not just faithful but also brave and green. While a four-year-old Dayko, a white Labrador, died from exhaustion after rescuing seven people in the aftermath of Ecuador’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, a 13-year-old Tubby, died after entering into the Guinness Book of Records for sniffing out 26,000 plastic bottles for recycling.

Dayko while rescuing people from the Ecuador quake. Pic/Facebook/Ibarra Fire Department
Dayko while rescuing people from the Ecuador quake. Pic/Facebook/Ibarra Fire Department

Dayko
Dayko, a rescue dog for the local Ibarra fire service, spent days searching for survivors trapped in rubble left by the quake which struck off Ecuador’s coast on April 16. He had worked in several areas, including Ibarra and Pedernales, and received national and international certifications.

Tubby collected more than 50,000 discarded bottles in his lifetime. Pic/Guinness World Records
Tubby collected more than 50,000 discarded bottles in his lifetime. Pic/Guinness World Records

A post mortem revealed that Dayko died during a medical examination after suffering a heart attack and respiratory failure. The Ibarra Fire Department said in a statement on its Facebook page: “We regret to inform you that the Ibarra fire service is in mourning because we have lost Dayko, who took part in the search at Pedernales. This four-legged friend gave his life in the line of duty. Thank you Dayko for your heroic efforts in Pedernales and in various emergencies where you were present.”

Tubby
Tubby, a Labrador from Torfaen, UK died on Tuesday. The dog, won the title of ‘world’s greenest dog’ by Guinness Book of Records in 2011 after picking up 26,000 plastic bottles on his twice-daily walks and crushing them in his mouth.
He would carry them over to his owner Sandra Gilmore, to be recycled. “It was a pleasure to have Tubby feature in the book. It was a unique record and we are honoured to have been able to verify his achievement in the community,” a spokesman of Guinness World Records said.

Gilmore believes Tubby collected more than 50,000 discarded bottles in his lifetime as he was more obsessed by them than the usual dog playthings like a ball or stick.

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