What are firehouse dogs? The tradition of Dalmatians in firehouses dates back more than a century. Nowadays they mainly serve as mascots, but before fire trucks had engines, Dalmatians played a vital role every time firefighters raced to a blaze. Skip advert. Advertisement. It all dates back to when people used horse-drawn carriages.
Is the dog from Firehouse Dog still alive? Freckles the Firehouse Dog, the beloved neighborhood pet often called the honorary “mayor of West Loop,” died Wednesday after nearly 17 years at Chicago Fire Department Engine 103’s firehouse.
Why Dalmatians are firehouse dogs? Since their “trucks” were actually horse-drawn carriages, they chose Dalmatians as the firehouse dog because of their natural compatibility with horses. The dogs would run alongside the horses keeping them calm in the presence of fire, and using their keen sense of smell to get to the scene as quickly as possible.
Is Firehouse Dog a true story? This story is about a Dalmatian puppy named “Buddy” and his 3 horse friends who were all born on the same day on a horse farm in the late 1800’s. As they grew up, they became a part of a local fire department.