The nights here are very cold at the moment so our canine family member, The Jackal*, spends as much time as possible glued to the hearth in front of the blisteringly hot fire. She seems immune to the heat and we worry about her catching fire.
No, this isn’t an overprotective reaction on our behalf, the idiot actually singed her tail yesterday, the smell of burning fur was the first indicator anything was going wrong as a happy girl stood with her wagging tail swiping the glass of the door…
Her silliness stirred me to look for similar events in the past. This is the first time I have looked for a specific kind of event and been unable to find one! I think this could mean that she is exceptionally silly. 😉
I found many dog/fire articles, often dogs were the cause of fires much like this one in 1935. A playful young dog snatched a burning stick out of a fire and took off with it, spreading the fire far further than was originally intended. Fortunately the fire brigade was able to get the flames under control before they got to a nearby shop.
In other tales of dogs and fires sleeping canines were tripped over, causing burning lamps or candles to be spilled, but the majority of tales were of brave pooches saving their owners when fires broke out.
Sadly for us I don’t ever see the Jackal performing such a heroic act. She may well be cause of the fire but I will expect her time will be spent getting close as possible to the heat instead of warning us of impending danger!
*Our dog is tiny and very cute so being called The Jackal is entirely wrong for her, that is why it sticks…