Last month i visited some local Wild Life Park.It was fun.What i never thought was that i would encounter a flashback of my childhood memories of Dalmatian Dogs by visiting the Park. I was 12 when i saw “101 Dalmatians”. A family comedy movie in which a woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.I really enjoyed it at that time . Since then,it was an unspoken and not so desperate wish to see some Dalmatian dogs but it was nearly impossible to witness any as they are not available in Pakistan. Dalmatians are a breed of dog whose roots are often said to trace back to Dalmatia (a region of Croatia) where the first illustrations of the dog have been found.They are very little in number in Asia. Almost extinct.But there i was,watching a couple of Dalmatians !
Dalmatian puppies are born with plain white coats and their first spots usually appear within three weeks after birth.Seems like GOD was in an artistic mood while painting them, throwing spotted strokes on the canvas to make a masterpiece maybe? Anyhow its interesting that this ” artistic” Dog is often used as a rescue dog, guardian, athletic partner, and most often an active family member in West. Next time you see a Dalmatian, try to whistle or call it, chances are high that it wouldn’t respond..Wonder why? Because it is reported that this breed of dog has a genetic predisposition for deafness,it is a serious health problem for Dalmatians; only about 70% have normal hearing.Deafness was not recognized by early breeders, so the breed was thought to be unintelligent. Even after recognizing the problem as a genetic fault, breeders did not understand the dogs’ nature, and deafness in Dalmatians continues to be a frequent problem.
I clicked some snaps of Dalmatians as i was rather excited to see them because the whole movie story was coming back to my mind and i was fantasizing about their mischievous and friendly gigs that i watched in 101 Dalmatians. It is interesting to know that particularly in the United States, the use of Dalmatians as carriage dogs was transferred to horse-drawn fire engines, although it is unclear why this link was not made in other countries. Today, the Dalmatian serves as a firehouse mascot and is sometimes used to educate the public in fire safety, but in the days of horse-drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity to horses. They would run alongside the horses, or beneath the cart axles.Dalmatian are like Darling Dogs !