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A Bit of Dalmatian History

Dalmatians have been a pure breed for a long time. Some even claim that Dalmatian figures are depicted in Egyptian pyramids. It is known that the Dalmatians travelled with the Gypsies throughout Europe. Thus, they developed a special relationship with horses, being able to calm their larger friends.

When the British began to breed Dalmatians, they found the dogs useful as carriage dogs. The Dalmatians travelled under the axle or alongside the carriage, depending the dog's size. This beautifully decorated breed, with its large round spots, added flair and style to the nobleman's coach. When the gentleman and his guests would rest for the night at the traveller's Inn, the Dalmatians would keep the horses calm while guarding the possessions of the entire party.

When Dalmatians came to America, thanks, in part, to Ben Franklin, fire engines were horse drawn. Which dog would be the mascot as friend and courageous rescuer of animals and small children? Naturally, it was the Dalmatian. And what a handsome addition to the shiny red fire engine he was! When motorized vehicles were introduced and fire engines were no longer horse driven, Dalmatians remained the favorite mascots and friends of the firehouse.

Dalmatians have been noted in the "AKC Dog Book" as the "best all around dogs". Males and females are equally affectionate. The "Dally", who is good with children, shares his affection with the entire family. The Dalmatian is an excellent watch dog and companion. Very cat-like in cleanliness, he manages to keep his white coat clean with little effort.

Copyright 1995-1997, Maria Zorka
Bell Ringer Dalmatians - est 1969

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Dalmatian Information!

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Stuffed Dalmatians! Click here!

Coloring Pages!

Fire Dogs!

Dalmatian Homepage

Framed Pictures of Dals.

Photos of Dalmatians! Cute!

History of Dalmatians in the fire house.

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Official Homepage

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Largest Dalmatian Network

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Cookie Recipe!

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Chocolate Dalmations

Ingredients
4 ounces white chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces 3/4 pound unsalted butter, cut into 1-ounce pieces
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semisweet chocolate mini-morsels

Make the Dalmatians!
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat 1 inch of water in the bottom half of a double boiler over medium heat. With the heat on, place the white chocolate in the top half of the double boiler. Use a rubber spatula to stir the chocolate until completely melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer the melted chocolate to a 1-quart bowl and set aside until needed.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Beat on medium for 4 minutes until soft. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat on high for 4 more minutes until light (but not fluffy). Add the vanilla extract and the melted white chocolate. Beat on medium for 1 minute. Operate the mixer on low while gradually adding the flour and salt; mix for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the chocolate mini-morsels and mix on low for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to finish mixing the ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Portion the dough into 48 slightly heaping tablespoon-size pieces (approximately 1 ounce per piece) onto a large piece of wax paper. Gently roll each portion in the palms of your hands to form a ball (this is not a sticky dough, so you should not need to dampen your hands as recommended in other recipes). Divide the dough balls onto 4 nonstick baking sheets, 12 evenly spaced balls per sheet. Place the baking sheets on the top and center racks of the preheated oven and bake for 14 to 16 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to center halfway through the baking time (at that time also turn each sheet 180 degrees). Remove the cookies from the oven and cool to room temperature on the baking sheets, about 20 minutes. Store the cooled cookies in a tightly sealed plastic container.

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Kennedy the 1/2 Dalmation.
a.k.a. Pork

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