Featured Station Mascot: Frisbee Dog First Class Rain of Station Little Creek

Mariners have been taking animal companions to sea for thousands of years, and the Coast Guard has continued this tradition. The Coast Guard has had some mascots as famous as Sinbad, who starred in his own Coast Guard advertising campaign in WWII. We’ve briefly introduced you to some of our small boat station mascots throughout the year, and we’re proud to introduce another Station Mascot. We’re going to give you an in-depth look at some of our amazing mascots throughout the district. First up is the amazing Frisbee Dog First Class, Rain of Station Little Creek, Virginia!

Master Chief Kilbourne and Rain pose with her World Championship plaque at Station Little Creek

Master Chief Kilbourne and Rain pose with her World Championship plaque at Station Little Creek

When you enter Coast Guard Station Little Creek, a sign should read “Watch out for flying objects!” as you have just entered into the realm of Frisbee Dog First Class Rain.

Master Chief Kilbourne practices frisbee tossing with Rain.

Master Chief Kilbourne practices frisbee tossing with Rain.

Rain has loved Frisbee discs or any toy being thrown at her since she was a puppy. She encourages any visitors to drop what they’re doing and throw her a toy – the farther, the better. Don’t let her fool you into thinking she just loves playing, Rain is the 2011 World Champion of Bullseye, a very rapid-paced Frisbee competition. When you’re flinging a toy to her, you’re really helping her to practice for her next competition.

Rain participates in 16 competitions a year in various types of Frisbee activities and has qualified for the World Championships on five separate occasions. Rain also participates in Canine Freestyle, which is a series of skills and tricks performed to music in which it appears the dog and human are dancing with each other.

When Rain’s not competing, she loves to go out on patrol with the crew of Coast Guard Station Little Creek. Coast Guard Station Little Creek is on watch 24-7, 52 weeks and 365 a year conducting routine safety boardings and search and rescue missions. When the crews of Station Little Creek return from a long patrol, Rain is there providing them encouragement to keep them motivated for all missions. This is her fourth Coast Guard unit and has previously served at Station Portsmouth, Va., Station St. Inigoes, Md., and Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk. Not only does she interact with the boating public, but she’s also intensely interested in dolphins as well! Whenever Rain sees them playing by the boat, she’ll run up to the bow and start barking at them as if they’re the squirrels of the sea.

Rain smiles after Frisbee practice.

Rain smiles after Frisbee practice.

Rain is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a knee injury, but should be ready to get back to practicing for competitions within a few weeks. If you happen to be near Station Little Creek, stop by and bring a Frisbee or two. Rain would love to meet you and of course you’ll have the magic experience of working with a World Champion Coast Guard Mascot!

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