A pup-ular contest to pick the next canine communicator-in-chief for Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) is now underway. April is National Safe Digging Month, and to celebrate, MGU is looking for its next safe digging “ambassadog.”

This spring, MGU will look for candidates to be its top dog and share an important safety message: Doggone It! Call 811 at least three days before you dig. The winning pup will star in an ad campaign on social media to share the importance of digging safely.

Are you an MGU customer with a canine candidate? Here’s what to do:
  1. Take pictures of your dog digging or in his or her favorite spot to dig.
  2. Fill out this form before 11:59 a.m. Monday, April 8.

Last year, MGU customers and dog lovers voted to make Hampton, an 8-year-old pit bull-mastiff mix from Coopersville, the company’s first-ever “ambassadog”. During his term, Hampton’s important message — call 811 at least three days before beginning any digging project — reached thousands of people across Michigan.

During the next few weeks, MGU will narrow down the entries, then give customers the paw-some responsibility of voting in the top dog. The ulti-mutt winner will lead MGU’s safe digging awareness campaign for the next year. Look for updates on the contest on MGU’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

About 811

Digging can be dangerous if you don’t call 811 at least three days in advance. Whether you’re planting a garden or installing a fence, it’s important to have the location of underground utilities marked to keep yourself and your family safe. Calling 811 or notifying MISS DIG 811 is easy, it’s free and it’s the law.