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Old 08-06-2004, 04:16 PM   #8
Laurie FW
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My husband says that dalmations date back to long before Fire Engines were gasoline powered. They use to be horse driven and the dalmations were used by every fire station to chase the horses to make them go faster so they could get to the fires faster! After gasoline powered engines became popular, the firemen didn't want to give up the dogs and had them hang around just for company, or to be their mascot. I don't know if this is really true or not, but I asked my neighbor who has been a fireman for 25 years and he said he thought this was the truth!
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