BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With warm temperatures on the rise for the next few months, pools are going to have their leaves raked out and their cloudy water cleared.
Even with the extra attention given to the centerpiece of backyards across America, nearly 17,000 dog drownings are reported every year. Baton Rouge resident Lynne Peters is looking to change that with a new invention.
"She was always panicked when she'd fall in." says Peters, "We would try to teach her where the steps were, but she couldn't listen because her nose was in the air and she was panicked."
Lynne is talking about her dog, named Spencer. He had trouble swimming until Lynne came up with what she calls the "Water Collar".
After sliding the pet's collar through the loops and around their neck, the animal becomes safe and buoyant if it falls in the pool.
Peters hopes that it provides piece of mind to those who worry about their pets around water.
"The water collar holds them with their nose up." Says Peters, "So even if they're unconscious, they would be found alive."