Retired Fire Chief participating in bicycling, running, sprint triathlons, duathlons to honor firefighters. My adventures are self-funded. People ask "Can we donate?" The answer is yes. You can donate to the Search Dog Foundation and/or the Lung Cancer Alliance.
In the United States, Dalmatians are commonly known as firehouse dogs.
National Fire Pup Day is celebrated each year on October 1. This
day is designated to recognize our canine firefighters, the four-footed
members of the fire department.
It all began when the use of Dalmatians as carriage dogs was
transferred to horse-drawn fire engines. In the days of the horse-drawn
fire carts they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity
to horses. The Dalmatians would run alongside the horses, in front of
or beneath the cart axles and cleared the way for safety. Even though
the horses are long since gone in the fire houses, the Dalmatians, by
tradition, have stayed.
The Dalmatian today serves as a firehouse mascot and is sometimes used to educate the public in fire safety.
Dalmatians are often chosen, as a pet, by many
firefighters in honor of their heroism in the past. Click on the photo
for some great fire pup stories!
Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National Fire Pup Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.