Honoring Fire Pups


 Our FiveSibes "Harley" Says it's National Fire Pup Day Every Day
 Thank you to Ann of Zoolatry for this graphic.

We here at FiveSibes pay homage to brave "Fire Pups" -- on their day of recognition October 1st, and on every day, all year long. 

While "Fire Pups" are the well-recognized Dalmatian, it also includes other jobs and many breeds, including all the heroic canines who work in Search and Rescue (SAR), Detection, Police Dogs, Military Working/War Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emotional Support Dogs.

According to National Day Today, there is much history, "National Fire Pup Day, October 1st, honors canine members of America’s fire departments. Dogs have historically worked, lived, and slept alongside members of local fire departments. Although most people only associate Dalmatians with firefighting, there are actually many different breeds that do this kind of thing. And they’re not just companion animals, either. Many of these pups actually work fires and their aftermath, participating in search-and-rescue missions."

 Photo Credit: AKC Archives From The History of Dalmatians as Fire Dogs

An excellent read about the history of the Dalmatian as a Fire Pup. Please go HERE to read this informative piece.


Here is a great timeline on the Dalmatian from NationalToday.com:

According to MetLife, there are different types of work "fire house dogs may perform," including:

  • Some dogs now work as arson dogs. They come along when the fire has been put out, sniffing out substances (like gasoline) that may have started the fire. 
  • Fire departments also use search and rescue dogs to look for missing people who might have been trapped under the rubble of a burning building.
  • Crisis response canines work as therapy dogs to help first responders process any emotions caused by what they’ve seen on the job.
  • And finally, many fire departments use a fire dog as their mascot! These dogs are often used as fire safety dogs to help educate the public about fire safety.
*Source MetLifePetInsurance.com

 What Kind of Dog Makes a Working Dog?

Besides the hero Dalmatian Fire Pup, other hero working dogs can be from all types of breeds, including Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Labradoodle, Standard Poodle, Pug, Great Pyrenees, Border Collie, King Charles Spaniel, Corgi, and so many other breeds that can be well-suited for specific jobs. Depending on what job best suits your dog, it also depends on the breed, the disposition, training, and what type of work it is.

Heroic Search and Rescue Dogs of 9/11

 On the tragic date of 9/11, many brave heroic dogs responded with their handlers. Here is a video from the Dog Files that is a must-see if you have not already viewed it.

Read this touching tribute to "Bretagne," the last Search and Rescue Dog of 9/11 by Talent Hounds.

For an emotional read, check out the "Remembering the 9/11 Dogs 20 Years Later" HERE from 2021 on Outward Hounds

 Therapy Dogs Comfort Firefighters

There are two wonderful article over at Rover.com about how "Dutiful Therapy Doodles Give Cuddles and Comfort to Seattle Firefighters" ~ and "Sweet Therapy Dog Offers Much-Needed Relief to Firefighters Battling West Coast Fires"

Even other another way amazing dogs can help firefighters. These are definite MUST-READS.

 First Aid & CPR for Dogs

Now, for a different type of story, but one just as important is First Aid and CPR for Dogs as some of these working hero dogs could need it as a result of their job, and Tom Rinelli, an award-winning, certified New York State Emergency Medical Care Provider and founder of Paws N Claws 911, conducts many trainings all over on this. You can read all about this program, that now includes Siberian Husky "Gibson" and "Wolfie" demo dogs! You can read all about it HERE.

National Pet Fire Safety Day
If you didn't get a chance to read my blog post for National Pet Fire Safety Day, including our Fire Safety graphic, visit HERE.


Our own FiveSibes Pupseter "Bandit" with former volunteer firefighter lieutenant, my son-in-law!

A heartfelt "Thank You" to all the Firehouse Dogs, SAR dogs, Military War/Working Dogs, Police Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, Reading Dogs, and Epi-Dogs. 


  1. They are amazing pups and do such wonderful work.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week. ♥

  2. Fire Pups are special heroes and they do wonderful work. Thanks for hosting such a special day. I'm sorry, I would have been here sooner and I was but all I saw was the pinned post above this one.

  3. I really respect service dogs. They are a special kind of breed, regardless of their breed. I've always wondered how the Dalmatian became the mascot for fire departments. I didn't realize they have a calming effect for horses. They would've been critical back in the day. I remember my dear childhood friend's brother became a firefighter. So, of course, he had to get a Dalmatian. My friend would always tell me how much energy the dog had and would never be in one spot for more than a few minutes, unless sleeping. It perplexed me how a Dalmatian could handle the noise or commotion of a fire and stay calm. Maybe it was this dog was a bit high-wired. Although, as I type, I now remember hearing from a few other friends saying that Dalmatians are very high energy. Maybe they need the energy for the commotion?

    The service dogs that worked 9/11 were so amazing along with their handlers. It still breaks my heart. Such a unique breeds, regardless of the breed, to be a service dog.

    Great article honoring service dogs! Well done, Dorothy! I'm sharing with all my dog friends!

  4. Fire pups are astonishing. When I began to read I remembered the dogs from September 11th and the work they did. There was even more help they gave than I realised and this is a stunning tribute to the fine animals they are. Gosh I am in tears here.

    These. Dogs, Are. Gifts. They Are. Amazing.


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