You know what’d really hit the spot right now? Some dalmatian pictures! Dalmatians date back to the early 19th century and were mostly bred in England as guard dogs. Because of theit intelligence, speed, and protection instincts, they were often bred to protect horses from theives. The big powerful horses that were needed to pull fire fighting equipment were often tageted by thieves, which is how dalmations got their association with fire fighting. Dalmations would also be trained to run ahead of fire fighting carriages to clear the path of pedestrians. To this day, they’re still associated with fire fighting and often kept in fire departments as mascots or guard dogs.