Fire Pup Day is celebrated on October 1st and honors our four-legged friends for risking their lives and saving others from fire as well as humans! People often associate the Dalmatian with this profession, however, there are many other breeds in the divisions of America. They work with the consequences of fires, participate in search and rescue operations and other missions.
In the 1700s, the Dalmatians were real defenders, often called “carriage” dogs. They traveled with people, protecting their property and protecting them from bandits. This breed is endowed with ideal data for this purpose. In the 1800s they became part of the fire crew. Interestingly, the dogs had a calming effect on the riding horses!
In the 2000s, puppies became fire department mascots. They became companions, guarded, and worked with the victims. Now we can say that the animals have gone far beyond. Their sense of smell helps identify evidence of arson and find clues, all of which help in finding the perpetrators. An amazing story about instincts: in one family there lived a dachshund named True, who was far from young and had health problems. Despite having lost one leg, becoming deaf and blind, True was still able to alert the owners of a fire in their home, allowing them to escape before the house burned to the ground.
- Firefighter dogs “retire” or take up less responsible positions at 8-10 years old. The work requires a high concentration of attention.
- Dogs get to rescue organizations from everywhere: from shelters, kennels, and even the streets. The dog’s trainability is important here.
- It is impossible to say exactly where the first Dalmatians appeared, but there is an assumption that this happened in Croatia, in the region of Dalmatia.
How to take part
What is better to do on a holiday: take a puppy from a shelter that survived a fire, give him love and care. Become a volunteer firefighter – there are such squads in the USA, and they are a huge success. Make a donation to various foundations and help organizations financially. Read stories about the heroic deeds of four-legged animals and share them on social networks!
When is Fire Pup Day in 2023?
Fire Pup Day is observed on October 1 each year.