#BtC4A Pet Fire Safety Day: #Dearborn #Michigan Barbecue Open House Benefits Special Needs Animals

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: This is a timely post for two super important reasons. Today is Pet Fire Safety Day, and last Thursday night we had an experience in our apartment/condo complex that could have been deadly. Long story short, we smelled smoke. The entire downstairs of our building was full of smoke. I was a nervous wreck, I called the fire department and prayed that Dakota would come to us to have his leash put on (normally he won’t unless he has to go to the bathroom, but that’s a whole different story). Thankfully he came to us readily, I tricked Cody with treats to put him into his carrier and we all went outside. Everyone was safe. A young man downstairs had fallen asleep with a hot dog boiling on the stove. Had I not called swiftly our entire building could have gone up in flames. Dakota was calm and patient, he was fabulous with the flashing lights, smells, sounds, etc. Please, please learn more about Pet Fire Safety Day and if you are in Michigan, please attend the event below. 

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The memory of a beloved family pet is the inspiration for a special annual fundraiser hosted by the Abraham family of Dearborn.  The family is opening their home to the public on July 25 to help support the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit’s (FAMD) Hope’s Heroes program for special needs animals.

Abrahams with Shelly and Cleo Courtesy of Friends for Animals Metro Detroit

Bob, Mary Kate & Mary Ann Abraham with FAMD adopter Shelly and her dog Cleo Courtesy of Friends for Animals Metro Detroit

 All are welcome to attend the sixth annual Abraham’s Open House and Barbecue, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at 510 Crescent Drive, Dearborn.  City of Dearborn Firefighters and Police Department are sponsors of the gathering.


The Open House is in memory of the Abraham family’s beloved Labrador retriever, Dublin, who was tragically killed in a 2009 house fire. 


“This celebration is a way for our family to honor Dublin and simultaneously help the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, which benefits so many in our community,” commented Councilman Abraham. “We are especially honored to have the continued support from the Dearborn firefighters, who were on the spot when we needed them personally and to help recognize Pet Fire Safety Day, which takes place on July 15.”


In its first four years, the Abraham’s Open House has raised more than $47,000, directly benefiting shelter animals who require extra special hope.


Delicious barbecue will be served by Smokey Rhodes BBQ and Park Place Caterers.  Parking is in a residential neighborhood with arrangements available for special needs guests.


Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit helps care for thousands of rescued animals annually, as they prepare to become adoptable pet family members.  Sometimes animals with severe injuries or special needs arrive at the Shelter and require extra resources.  The Hope’s Heroes program is designed specifically to help care for animals that require extraordinary measures to give them a second chance.


“This Open House is a key fundraising event for our special needs animals,” said Elaine Greene, executive director, FAMD.  “We are very grateful to the Abraham family and the Dearborn fire and police departments for their continued support of Hope’s Heroes.”


Contributions of $50 per person are suggested, with all donations welcome.  If unable to attend, donations can also be made online  by clicking here .


About FAMD

After 22 years of nurturing more than 47,300 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit have embarked on the “Raise the Woof” public phase of their “Building a Home with Heart” capital campaign to construct a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. FAMD is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn and can be found online at metrodetroitanimals.org.


“The combined efforts of the Kennel Club and ADT Security Services led to the first Pet Fire Safety Day being held in the late 2000s. The idea behind the event is to make pet owners aware of the hazards their beloved cat, dog, or other animal could pose in the home with regard to fire. Many fires are caused by pets, especially when they are left alone in a property and the intention is that by highlighting the dangers to owners it can help in preventing them.”

“Pet owners should take advantage of the day to discuss who in a home is responsible for helping a pet escape in the event of a blaze and carry out some practice escape drills. They can also use Kennel Club advice to pet proof their home against fires and install a pet alert notice in a window for use by emergency services.”

The second reason today is important to me is because today is:


Blog the Change for Animals  is a quarterly event for bloggers to post about an animal-related cause that is near and dear to their heart. We participate as often as we can and are proud to do so today.


  1. What a wonderful event to honor Dublin. And wow raising $47,000 is HUGE!

    I’m glad you were able to get Dakota and Cody out so easily and that no one was hurt in your building. Good thing you smelled smoke and acted quickly.
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  2. I’m so glad you could leave the building and there was help available before the worst thing ever could happen…. it’s horrible to be in such a dangerous situation … hugs to you…
    It’s a great idea to honor Dublin this way….

  3. Daisy says:

    What a scary experience but i’m so glad you’re all okay and that you reacted so quickly and saved the building with your call to 911! Dakota is a smart pup, instinctively knowing that was not the time to resist. Hugs to you all.
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  4. What an awesome event! There are so many animals in need and I love how creative people in your area are for advocating and fundraising. Thank you for joining BTC and for sharing this wonderful event.

    PS, I saw that you couldn’t get the linky code and we’re working on it. Apologies for that.

  5. we are sorry for their loss, but a wonderful way to honor Dublin’s memory…and spread the word
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  6. What a worthy cause and all in honor of Dublin. We all worry about our babies more than we do ourselves.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your most wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  7. I am so glad you are all safe after that scare. Everyone is lucky that you noticed the smoke and got the fire department there in time. And, good job, Dakota and Cody, for being such good, cooperative boys during all of it!

    What a wonderful event in Dublin’s honor. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
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  8. Oh my stars, how scary! We’re so glad you guys were all OK! Mommy smelled smoke once and threw us in the carriers. Truth be told, it took too long – she needs a better plan.

    • Dakota says:

      Thank you!!!! Yep, it even took me longer to get Cody in his (partly because the darned 911 lady wouldn’t shut up!! lol I kept telling her, “I have to get my CAT!!”, Dakota was already on his leash)…..I finally trapped Cody with a TON of treats, he thought he hit the mother lode but then, BAM he was in his carrier. Thankfully I keep his carrier OPEN in the living room, that helps!

  9. Wonderful event. Great way to honor Dublin too. A most appropriate post for Be The Change 4 Animals

  10. I love that your community is so giving. This is always such a positive post. ♥
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    • Dakota says:

      thanks so much, they are pretty darned good here in Michigan with the animals (except for parks/restaurants that will allow dogs lol)

  11. Emma says:

    Sounds like a really great event, and who would pass up barbecue?
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  12. I’m glad you’re all OK! I’m thankful we have Mr. N. He has alerted me to bacon almost burning and I’m a super sound sleeper. I’ve slept through the smoke alarm going off before so I’m glad I have him around to alert me.

  13. A great tribute and worthy cause. So cool so much has been raised for shelters! Love that. ❤️
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  14. What a wonderful way to honour Dublin and congrats on the mammoth fundraising efforts.

  15. What a terrific way to raise funds and honor Dublin. I hope this year’s BBQ is very successful!

  16. What a wonderful even and tribute to Dublin. TW is so scared of fire. We had one on our floor which could have been much worse then one apartment when TW smelled smoke and reported it. At least once a week we hear the smoke alarm go off in the apartment next door. The renter starts dinner in the broiler and then goes to watch tv or his computer.

  17. What a scary event! We are glad you took action!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. Jan K says:

    We’re so relieved it all turned out OK for you and your building!
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  19. Oh my goodness this issue is so close to my heart it brought tears to my eyes. When I was 10 we lost our home to a fire. My mother and I were able to escape, along with our dog – but our cat wasn’t so lucky. It was the most helpless feeling ever not being able to save her, and I think about her often. Losing everything to a fire is so emotionally draining, and to add the loss of a pet on top of it is beyond horrible. So glad to know everything turned out OK in your building.
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  20. Clowie says:

    I’m glad you’re all okay, that must have been very worrying. It’s a good thing you noticed something was wrong.
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  21. Kylie says:

    Looks like a wonderful event!

  22. OMD, Dakota and family. Glad you’re safe!!

    Momo & Pinot xo

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