Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ellie becomes new canine safe digging ambassador

Ellie, a 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier/Whippet mix, from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was voted top dog in our contest to find a new canine safe digging ambassador. She will help spread an important message about safe digging in a new promotional ad:

Customers sent about 100 photos of dogs digging in their yards. After paring down the entries to 10 finalists, we conducted a public vote on Facebook. More than 1,400 people voted. Ellie garnered the most votes, followed closely by Tucker, of Appleton. Congratulations to all of our finalists, and thank you to all who participated.

Runner-up Tucker
In addition to having their dog featured in our ad, Ellie’s family also received tickets to the Wisconsin State Fair where they can see Ellie’s promotional material on display at Energy Park. If you stop by Energy Park, you can get your picture taken with an Ellie cut-out to help spread the message about safe digging. 
Ellie's cut-out at Energy Park
Ellie also will be sharing her important message on We Energies’ Facebook and Twitter channels. On Aug. 11, her ad will be featured on digital billboards in the Milwaukee area for 8-11 day, which raises awareness about safe digging. Remember, 811 is the number to call at least three days before you dig. A utility locating service will come out to mark locations of underground utilities on your property for free. 

Whether you’re planting a tree, installing fence posts or doing digging for other reasons, you could be putting yourself in danger if you strike an underground natural gas or electric line. Doggone it! Call 811 before you dig.

More information about working safely in your yard

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