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October 1: National Fire Pup Day

Oct 01, 2017 11:10AM ● Published by Gene Kirschbaum

Here's Alan, the Dalmatian Fire Pup, basking in the Sun on National Fire Pup Day.  But why are Dalmatians associated with Fire Departments?

Well . . . years ago, Dalmatians were popular as "carriage dogs," trotting alongside horse-drawn carriages and guarding both the passengers and the horses.  As a result of their compatibility with horses and their guarding inclination, Dalmatians were "natural" firehouse dogs, back when horse-drawn fire carts were in vogue.  In modern years, the horses have gone, but the Dalmatians remain.

Wilshire the Fire Dog, from the L.A. Fire Dept:

And here's Wilshire being trained by the Dog Whisperer:

Wilshire The Fire Dog

Wilshire Fire Dog: From Deaths Door To National Hero

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