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April 16, 1998

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Max, the Pet of the Day
Name: Max
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Dalmatian
Home: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
   This is Max Olsen, the Patched Dalmatian. Not your everyday Dalmatian, though, for Max has the dubious honor of causing a thirty-three thousand dollar house fire. All by himself!

    Last June, it was established that Max, while nosing around for food in the kitchen, put his front paws on the oven top, and while springing back, inadvertently hit a burner knob, turning it on. Not so bad, but for the fact that a wooden cutting board atop the burner smoldered, caught fire and ignited nearby shelving, walls and ceiling.

    The acrid smoke asphyxiated the family cat and nearly suffocated Max. He was rescued by the Corpus Christi, Texas Fire Department, who administered oxygen via an endotrachial tube, hooked up an intravenous catheter to replace fluids, and used a garden hose to cool his body, all of the measures taking about twenty-five minutes.

    Our house suffered major smoke and heat damage; we lived elsewhere for seven weeks, while Max was kenneled at a friend's house. Today, after three courses in Dog Obedience School (none of them having to do with Fire Prevention - he's learned his lesson...), Max is a well trained, highly intelligent sixty five pound, living Dalmatian.

    It is well known that Fire Engines and Dalmatians go hand in hand, but, our dog Max definitely took that saying to the Max! What a way to get on TV's Hard Copy....

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