Always call 811 at least two days before you dig, Captain’s orders.

Minnesota Energy Resources gave customers the paw-some responsibility of picking its first ever safety “ambassadog.” Thousands of votes were cast and Captain, a 3-year-old Labrador/terrier mix from Lakeville, Minnesota, is the adorable winner.

He’ll be the star of Minnesota Energy Resources’ safe digging awareness campaign all year long.

Keep an eye out for Captain on Facebook and Twitter, and help him spread his important message.

Whether you’re planting a garden or installing a fence, you could be putting yourself in danger if you strike an underground natural gas line or electrical cable. Contact 811 at least two days before you dig to have the location of buried utility lines marked — and to keep you and your family safe.