Blaze is the canine companion of Fire Chief Judy Thill. Originally from Alabama, he was adopted through a Minn. rescue organization by Chief Thill in September 2021, making his fire department debut at IGH Days just a day later.
While Blaze may think he is a Dalmatian, a dog breed which is often associated with fire departments, he is actually a Catahoula Leopard mix. But let’s not tell Blaze that, as he enjoys being a traditional fire dog ;) While Dalmatians originally used to live in the fire stations to take care of the horses and run alongside the wagons when fire engines were horse-drawn, their duties, or the duties of any animal in the fire station now, are simply to bring smiles to the faces of the children and boost the morale for the crews.
When Blaze is not watching over the fire trucks, he enjoys playing with his numerous squeaky toys and balls.
Favorite pastime: Looking out the window at deer and other critters (also playing with his ball)
Favorite vacation destination: Couch
Best friend: Patches
Favorite cause: Fire safety
Favorite color: Red
Favorite saying: “Be sure to paws and make sure your family has an emergency plan!
Special Talent: Wearing goggles (He loves car rides and has to have his head out the window as much as possible. )
Fun Fact: He sleeps in all kinds of different positions, mainly on his back with his head or leg hanging down. He HAS rolled off the couch. His favorite toy is a ball, but second to that are squeaky toys!
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