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    Anyone here have a fire house dog? If so are you Volly, Career, Combo? Is it a traditional dalmation or another breed?
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    No dogs here, in fact we aren't even aloud to let or own pups in the firehouse.
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    No dogs, but I have seen a few mutts come and go in my time....
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    No dogs, but get a few mice, and every great while, a rat comes out of the cellar.
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    Originally posted by SPFDRum
    No dogs, but get a few mice, and every great while, a rat comes out of the cellar.
    Forget a dog .......... you NEED a CAT!!!!
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    no doggies here either.........some members do have personal Dalmatians....
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    I think I've seen one dog at a chicago department when I was a child. know I don't see then anymore. I used to think they were to help with search and rescue. But, I'm not sure anymore. What is the purpose of the dog in a firehouse? Besides to be cute and loveable!

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    Originally posted by JorieH
    What is the purpose of the dog in a firehouse? Besides to be cute and loveable!
    The answer to your question is...

    To find the fire hydrants, duh! No, seriously...

    Like so many other things in the fire service, it's a tradition. Why? The following web site explains it very well:
    http://www.toledofiremuseum.com/dalm...dalmatians.htm

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    I've been told that dalmations and horses get along extremely well and given the nature of a dalmation it will attack anything that will try to harm anything it "loves". Its a pretty interesting psychi (sp?) breakdown. At night and when the fire company would be in house the dogs would protect the horses in the stables and also on fire scenes.
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    We have a cat that we saved in an abandoned building that we were having a training fire in. He came out smoking, so we called him Smokey. He is about 8 years old now, and the greatest, and probably ugliest, cat in the world.
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    I also heard that dalmations are deaf, which is why they were the ideal dog to keep around because the sirens and bells and everything wouldn't freak them out.
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    Some dalmatians are deaf, but not all.
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    Originally posted by fdmhbozz
    Some dalmatians are deaf, but not all.
    Yep, dalmations being deaf is a myth.
    guys at my station have been talking about getting one, some of the guys on one shift really won't one, but their officers don't; on another shift it is the opposite; and the last is mixed. The volunteers seem to be generally in favor, but no one has steped up to be the lead guy in charge, so who know if it will ever happen.
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    No animals @ our house either.
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    Well, if a rat the size of a dog counts then yes, we have a herd of them here in the Motor City.
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    We have a beautiful yellow lab that is an accelerant detection canine. She stays at the firehouse every 3rd day for 24 hours with her handler. She is loved by all of us and she even has her own recliner. Once in awhile she even rides on the engine. There are still quite a few Chicago firehouses that have dogs. Some are dalmatians but most are mutts that are lucky enough to have found a good home with a very extended family. C.F.D. Dogs
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    we have a few station dogs in kc, some are dalmations, one or two are other breeds. some are just shift dogs and go home with the someone from the shift, others are station dogs and live there 24-7. there are more than a few stray cats that get fed, and sleep in the locker rooms, too. as for their purpose...dogs make life better. period.

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    We had a station dog. Way, WAY too much work for the shifts.
    You always get fur on your uniform(s) and the furnature. The
    other guy always has to feed it and if they bark all night,
    what a pain.

    Then your station fund has to buy the dog food, pick up the
    dog droppings, the list goes on...

    Maybe a cat for the mice would be a good idea!

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    Worked in a house that had 2 during my time there. They were mutts but were great. They always were glad to see you,liked being with you,and never tried to borrow money from you.

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    Co11FireGal-great link!

    tradition is great, but if the dog won't catch a rat/mouse it's time to get a mouser. Cats are also easier to take car off, no walking and most of the time they're quieter. well that counts for all other cats; not mine, Skooter loooves to talk and talk.

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    Our FH has a Golden Retreiver that is trained to do search and rescue work. It comes and goes with the FF that owns him on shift and got the grant to pay for the training.

    We love the dog, the other shifts love to bitch about the dog.

    I wish dog hair was the biggest issue facing our FD.

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    I can't say that we have an "official" station dog, but the chief often brought his border collie to the station during training or meetings. I liked the dog, but he bit the crap out of the chairman of the fire board. We don't see much of him anymore (the dog). I think the chairman was jealous that during training the dog caught on faster than some of us FF's... VfdDoc

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    20 Truck in Soho, NYC, has a really great dog named, Twenty, a dalmation. Twenty was a gift to the house after 9/11 (can't remember who the gift was from). I've visited with Twenty a couple of times- what a sweetheart!

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    Not too terribly long ago, the Captain of a certain CFD house said "no more dogs". Not long afterward, the firehouse got robbed while they were all in quarters. The guy on watch was sleeping. Guess what they went and got and still have? WOOF WOOF
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    Our shifters are welcome to bring their dog to work with them, we always have one or two hanging out at the house. It is a great tradition. Pretty boy firefighters might not like getting a couple of dog hairs on them, but who cares. they make up what 1% of the fire service... I would rather have a good dog then one of them any day of the week. Only thing worse than a pretty boy fireman is a whinen pretty boy fireman.

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