#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. 

Friends for Animals Logo

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.

Tango The Fire Safety Dog: We will miss you dear friend….

I know this is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday, but Mom and I just couldn’t let another day go by without acknowledging the loss of a most special dog:

tangoMy buddy Tango passed away suddenly from a stroke a few days ago and it broke my Mom’s heart and my heart when we heard the news.

Tango was a guest blogger on my blog a couple of times:

The first post was here: http://dakotasden.net/2012/10/01/national-fire-pup-day-guest-blog-by-dayna-hilton-executive-director-for-the-keep-kids-fire-safe-foundation/

And the second is here: http://dakotasden.net/2013/07/15/meet-the-fire-safety-dogs-and-firefighter-dayna-hilton-national-pet-fire-safety-day-july-15th-btc4a/

Tango taught children so many impawtant things. He was such a special dog to so many, he will be deeply missed.

We are hoping that his Mom doesn’t mind us sharing his obituary that she posted on Facebook:


Fire safety educators, friends and families across America mourn the loss of Tango the Fire Safety Dog 

Clarksville, AR – January 2, 2014 – Dedicating his life to helping save the lives of children and their families, Tango the Fire Safety Dog, a Dalmatian whose efforts reached tens of thousands of children across the United States and throughout the world with his fire safety efforts, has died at the age of 12.

Born one month before the tragedy of 9/11, Tango helped save lives, reduce injuries, and prevent fire losses through fire and life safety education. In 2008, he became a fire service dog for Johnson County RFD #1 in Clarksville, Arkansas, when his pal, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, reduced her travel and work schedules. Over the next couple of years, Tango and Sparkles spent many hours together teaching fire safety – until Sparkles passed away in October 2010. Tango was the goodwill ambassador for the Keep Kids Fire Safe™ Foundation.

After Sparkles’ passing, “Tango became a completely different dog,” according to his owner and handler, Firefighter, Fire Safety Educator and Executive Director of the foundation, Dayna Hilton. “It was amazing to watch Tango as he effortlessly assumed the role that Sparkles once held. I could not believe the change in him, which gave my heart great joy as I watched him help carry on Sparkles’ work. Tango helped train a new fire safety puppy, Molly, and was incredibly gentle with her, mentoring her the last year and a half. Molly is carrying on the tradition of teaching fire safety to children and their caregivers, just as Tango did, and Sparkles before him.”

In addition to appearing at events across the United States, Tango Skyped with children throughout the world and participated in Sparkles’ Safety Spot, a weekly cutting edge live streamed fire safety show. Tango enjoyed sharing his adventures and fire safety tips with his numerous Facebook fans. 

Tango was a nominee for the American Kennel Club2012 Awards for Canine Excellence and the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award in the Exemplary Companion category in 2012. He received numerous honors, including being on the cover of the 2012 summer issue of American Dog Magazine.

According to Hilton, Tango’s work will continue on the Fire Safety Dogs’ website, Facebook page and blog, and through the work of his companion fire safety dog, Molly the Fire Safety Dog (https://www.facebook.com/mollythefiresafetydog). 

Memorial service arrangements for Tango are pending. Memorial contributions may be made to the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation, 106 East Poplar Street, Suite 200, Clarksville, Arkansas 72830 or by visiting the foundation’s website at www.keepkidsfiresafe.org. All gifts will be sent to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in honor of Tango and his efforts to keep children safe from fire related deaths and injuries.

For more information about Tango or the Fire Safety Dogs, contact Firefighter Dayna Hilton at keepkidsfiresafe@gmail.com. Visit the Fire Safety Dogs’ website at www.firesafetydogs.com, or join the Fire Safety Dogs’ Facebook page at facebook.com/firesafetydogs.

If you can, stop by the above Facebook page and leave his Mom a comment. Her heart is broken, as is ours. Thank you dear friends.

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota and Caren