Young children often dream about becoming firefighters. One Dalmatian-mix did too, and he made that dream a reality! At 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning the firefighters at Florida’s Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were returning to the station from an emergency call. Just as the garage doors were closing a dog ran inside.
The dog quickly started to shower love on the crew as if he belonged there, but no one at the station had ever seen the dog before.
Corey Dierdorff said that the dog came in with his tail wagging, and it improved everyone’s mood immediately. The Dalmatian didn’t have any tags or a collar. He was very well-behaved, and it was assumed that he had a family.
The new mascot needed a bath. Having the dog around helped break up the monotony of everyone’s day. The dog was a happy companion who loved to wander the station and play outside.
Station policy prohibits dogs – but they had to make an exception for this dog because it felt like it was meant to be.
Dierdorff said the dog just walked into the station as if he had been there forever, the black and white dog fit right in and made himself at home.
The announcement they put on social media about the dog finally got a response. The dog was claimed by his owners. The dog’s name was Chico.
Dierdorff made sure that the people were the right owners before handing over Chico.
Chico had only been missing for a day and was reunited with his family.