Today is National Fire Pup Day. Man’s Best Buddy has held many different jobs throughout the course of his long history with us. Fido has been a shepherd, tracker, guardian, and guide, to name just a few. However, fire dogs definitely rank up there with the best and bravest of our canine companions. A vet shines the spotlight on fire dogs in this article.
As you probably know, the pup most often found in firehouses is the Dalmatian. Friendly, loyal, and intelligent, the Dalmatian is also referred to as the English Coach Dog, the Carriage Dog, and the Plum Pudding Dog. Although Fido’s exact lineage is unknown, we do know he was initially a hunting dog fromDalmatia, which is in what is now Croatia.
Want to know a fun fact about Dalmatians? They’re born white! Those iconic spots don’t start appearing until the puppies are about two weeks old.
Fido started working as a fire dog back in the 1700’s. The breed was already popular for use as carriage dogs, because of their natural affinity to horses. It turned out that these cute canines were very good at keeping horses calmat fires. This of course came in very handy. Dalmatians would run along the horse-drawn carriages, clearing a path and leading the horses to the fire. Sometimes they would even run under the carriage axles! They were also excellent guard dogs, and could often be found protecting firehouses and horses.
Needless to say, Fido’s role as a fire dog has evolved quite a bit over the years. His original position, as horse-companion and guardian, is no longer needed. However, fire dogs do still serve as mascots, and are very recognizable and beloved cultural icons. They also provide moral support, comfort, and companionship for firefighters.
One can’t discuss Dalmatians without mentioning the beloved Disney movies. In addition to the original cartoon classic 101 Dalmatians, there have been a live-action version, a sequel, 102 Dalmatians, and, of course, the most recent addition, Cruella. One Dalmatian, Louie Dog, was also the mascot of the rock band Sublime. Louie Dog appeared in several of their videos, and was often ‘spotted’ wandering around onstage with them during concerts. Last but not least, Dalmatians are also often found accompanying the Budweiser Clydesdales.
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