Chicago — Peoples Gas today unveiled Kevin, a 2-year-old English cream golden retriever, as the company’s new safe digging “ambassadog.” Kevin’s new job title was announced this morning at Lincoln Park Zoo, where the pup proudly stood before cameras.

Kevin’s favorite place to dig is the beach. He digs fiercely, and once he’s super dirty, he runs into the water and then runs back to shake off and soak his family with sand and water. Separate from digging, he loves fetch, except for the part where he’s supposed to give the ball back. Kevin’s mom testified he is the goodest boy to ever exist.

Kevin became Chicago’s safe digging ambassadog after entering the Peoples Gas “Doggone it!” contest. After thousands of votes were cast, Kevin and his made-for-the-camera smile became top dog. For the next year, Kevin will be featured in Peoples Gas promotional campaigns to raise awareness about safe digging and the importance of dialing 811 at least 48 hours before starting any digging project.

About 811 Day and safe digging

Kevin’s big win was announced on National 811 Day, which is held every year on Aug. 11 (8/11). It’s a day to elevate awareness about the need for people to call 811 at least two days before starting any outdoor digging project. Digging without knowing where utility lines (e.g., natural gas, electric, water, sewer, communications) are located can lead to line strikes, serious injury and property damage. When Chicagoans in the city and suburbs call 811 at least 48 hours in advance, expert technicians will come to their properties, at no charge, and mark the spots where underground utility lines are located. The idea is simple: Call before you dig. Calling 811 before digging also is required by law.

In addition to the announcement of the safe digging ambassadog, today’s 811 event at Lincoln Park Zoo featured demonstrations of how experts locate and mark buried utility lines after people call 811.

Go to 811 Chicago for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.