When I was growing up, I wanted to be a Dalmatian Fire Dog. They get to ride around all day on a fire truck, eat great fireman chow, and sleep on many different firemen’s beds at the firehouse.
Trouble is, I’m not a Dalmatian. And certainly not a fire dog. Hey, just look at me: short, stubby legs and scruffy fur.
Don’t we love those majestic dogs on Budweiser commercials, especially during the Super Bowl? Here’s some history on Dalmatians from Dr. Jon of PetPlace:
March 18th was the 61st Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog. This little dog has saved thousands of lives over the years by serving as the spokesdog for fire safety and prevention. Happy birthday, Sparky!
Sparky was created in 1951 for an Advertising Council campaign. The campaign aimed to educate people. Over 3,000 people die in house fires each year and thousands more are injured, but Sparky helped work to change that.
Speaking of fires, did you know that pets can cause fires?
The most common way I’ve seen a pet cause a fire is by knocking over a candle. I’ve seen cats do this, and dogs as well (especially those with big wagging tails.) This is why it’s important to never leave a burning candle unattended in pet homes.
Dr. Debra, one of PetPlace’s editors, told me her cat Sammy nearly started a fire during a dinner party. When no one was looking he got up on the counter and burned the hair off his tail. Had she been out of the room and had Sammy knocked over the candle,who knows what could have happened?
Have decals indicating to fire personnel that you have pets in your home. In case of an emergency, firefighters can locate and save your pets. You can buy these decals or you can take a few minutes and make your own with this handy template; all you will need is a color printer. Go to: petplace.com/fireman-stickers
Have a great day and Happy Birthday, Sparky!
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You know what my mom has? She bought some of those candles that look like they’re real, but they don’t have a burning wick inside. They’re flameless. She loves the ambiance (whatever the heck that is). She flips the battery switch on the bottom and then sets the candles on a table where they flicker just like real ones. It makes our house safer, and my mom happy (which makes me happy).
Even though I’m not fire truck material, that’s okay. We all have a job, right? Mine is to make my Male and Female Peeps happy (and I’m darn good at it). What’s your job?
Wiggles & woofs to you until next time,
One more tip from Dr. Jon: Make sure you have an emergency plan in the case of a fire. How will you get the pets out of the house safely? Here are some tips. They were written to prepare for natural disasters but they’re really good for fire plans as well. Go to – Plan Now to Protect Your Pet in a Natural Disaster