Someone, it seems, has taken a shine to the eyes of the yellow welly dog that has become a major attraction outside the RNLI lifeboat shop in Lyme Regis.

Shop manager Krys Lavery discovered both eyes were missing and called in the dog’s creator lifeboat crew member Garry Gibbs.

Landscape gardener Garry created the welly dog when it was time for lifeboat crews to have a clear out and get rid of worn-out yellow wellies.

He took the used footwear home to his workshop and, eight hours and seven boots later, emerged with a dog-shaped model which is set to become a star attraction during lifeboat week.

Despite the welly dog being subjected to a bit of an ordeal, Garry performed complicated ‘surgery’ and the dog is now back on duty - on loan to the RNLI stand at the Royal Cornwall Show where he is advising dog owners how to keep safe during clifftop walkies.

Garry said: "The eyes were not valuable, just glass beads from one of my wife’s old necklaces."

With the help of Krys Lavery, Garry chose a pair of silver beads from another necklace and restored the dog’s appearance.

Now Garry needs just two more pairs of worn-out RNLI wellies to start work on a friend for his original creation.

The yellow welly dog will be the subject of a naming competition during Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis, starting on July 28.