Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted August 6, 2015
I grew up on a farm in North Texas, and if you grew up in a city, there's something that you need to understand about growing up in a rural area. We lived in the place were people go to dump unwanted dogs. Throughout my youth we had several dogs show up at our doorstep (many that we adopted) that had been dumped by their owners.
On a more serious note, what often happens to these dogs is that they turn feral, start running in packs, and start eating skunks, armadillos, and road kill, meaning they inevitably contract rabies, leprosy, scabies, and mange.
Dalmatians are great dogs. In fact one of my best friends owned one growing up and he was great to play with. But they also have a lot of energy and need lots of attention, and after the movie 101 Dalmatians came out in 1996 there was a Dalmatian craze were people were adopting and buying them left and right.
However, a lot of people adopted them without know their energy levels or how much attention they needed, so you guessed it, they started dumping them.
Being that my family owned a poultry farm where we raised chickens, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl, both coyotes and packs of wild dogs would attack occasionally in search of food, and during one such attack we caught site of a Dalmatian running away after my father fired a warning shot into the air.
He was a beautiful dog, but after running in the wild, you don't know if they've contracted any diseases, and we didn't feel like chasing after him either. So just know what you're getting into if you do decide to get a Dalmatian, and if you discover they've got too much energy, be sure to find him a good home.