National Fire Pup Day on October 1 honors the canine members of America’s fire departments. Dogs have historically worked, lived, and slept alongside members of the local fire departments.
Although most people only associate Dalmatians with fire fighting, there are actually many different breeds that do these kinds of things. And they are not just pets, either. Many of these pups actually work on fires and their aftermath, participating in search and rescue missions. There is a long and interesting history surrounding the fire pups. We’ll see.
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2000s: fire pups became pets
As firefighting techniques were modernized, fire departments began to use Dalmatians and other fire pups as resident pets. In addition to serving as partners, they guarded the fire station and helped with community outreach.
1800: transport dogs turned into pups of fire
When fire departments began using horse-drawn fire trucks, Dalmatians stayed with these gadgets as they were shown to have a calming effect on horses.
1700 – Dalmatians became popular as ‘carriage dogs’
Wealthy nobles used so-called coach or coach dogs to protect themselves and their possessions during long walks through bandit-infested territories. Dalmatians proved to be especially skilled at this task.
HOW TO OBSERVE THE NATIONAL FIRE PUP DAY
Adopt a dog rescued by fire
Fire stations sometimes accept dogs that have survived a fire, only to be left behind as a consequence. You can adopt these dogs, usually during fire department benefits.
Donate to the cause
There are many ways to get involved with your local fire department, and educational initiatives are especially helpful. Find out how you can donate your time or money.
Become a volunteer firefighter
Volunteer fire departments protect many communities in the US If you think they might be a good fit for you, consider becoming one.
3 REASONS WE LOVE THESE DOGS
They help catch arsonists
Dogs have moved beyond being “carriage dogs” and firefighting pets to help investigators determine the cause of a fire. The super sensitive noses of “acceleration detection canines” can sniff out evidence of arson.
Dalmatians made excellent “carriage dogs” and firefighting companions, as their unique appearance made them easy to spot during smoky nighttime situations.
Canine instincts are amazing
In 2012, a blind, deaf, and three-legged Dachshund named True alerted his owner to a fire in his home. Everything was destroyed, but the family and True made it out alive.
WHY THE NATIONAL FIRE PUP DAY IS IMPORTANT
Time to honor your bravery
Animals have a long history of helping humans in dangerous situations. Fire pups are just as brave, and deserve to be recognized, as dogs that have worked in wars, natural disasters, or crime scenes.
We owe the fire pups our love and admiration
Dogs have been bred to be loyal and loving. Fire dogs have the added responsibility of providing that loyalty to people working in especially dangerous situations.
Firefighters need all the help they can get
Fighting fires is a difficult task. Dogs provide a measure of companionship that helps keep our firefighters happy, content, and focused.