New Member: Ember
The Memphis Fire Museum has a new member... and she's already stealing hearts.
Ember Spotters Dove arrived in the Mid-South the first part of April, 2017. Ember is an 8-week-old Dalmatian that came from a home in Houston, Texas of a woman who rescues deaf Dalmatians and deaf Great Danes.
"About 30 percent of Dalmatians are born deaf in one or both ears," said Patricia Belt, owner and handler, and Fire Museum of Memphis Employee. Patricia is an educator at the museum who teaches fire and life safety as part of the educational program at the museum, utilitizing her other very special Dalmatians, Izzy, Astro, and Lottie Dot. "She'll (Ember) learn how to stop, drop, and roll," Belt said.
Ember will also learn a few more fun tricks to show off when she starts working, but that will not be for a while. For now, she's all puppy and capturing the hearts of the city's firefighting heroes. She will be trained for the next two to three years before she's ready to get to work as a Memphis Fire and Life Safety dog. She will also go through the training to become a certified therapy dog, where she can work to help children as well as adults who have gone through trauma.
But she will make frequent visits to her new friends at the Memphis Fire Museum as well. Stand by for advance notice of Ember’s visits!