Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Altamonte Springs, Florida, United States
Posted February 27, 2016
Growing up in Indiana we had several dogs over the years. My dad was a firefighter and always wanted a Dalmatian. So, he convinced my mom it was a good idea and brought one home. We named him Dirk. He was so cute and fun, but before long he grew too big for our small 1 acre yard. Even though we had a fence he would get out and run down the street. The neighbors would call our house constantly and report sightings of him. My mom or dad had to chase him down all the time. Eventually, we had to find him a home where he could run and play all day. We ended up placing him with a family that had a lot of land and another Dalmatian. In the end, he got a good home where he could be happy. If you are thinking of getting a Dalmatian - there are two things to consider. One, as they age Dalmatians are known to lose their hearing- sometimes going completely deaf. Two, and most important, make sure that you have enough space. They are not good inside dogs and need lots of room to run and play. That is what they truly love.