||One year old|
||Corpus Christi, Texas, USA|
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
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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