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    Good Morning All,

    I was wondering about the process of owning a dog and being hired as a firefighter. I am about to graduate from a fire academy and was planning on going to the pound and picking out a companion. However, the more I think about it, as a young, single aspiring firefighter, looking to work anywhere, any shift, any time, how would that impact having a pet? Does anyone have experience with this? Working up to 3 days at a time especially as a Probie? I'm planning on applying to every CalFire headquarter I can, and (fingers crossed) getting hired could bring a possibility of leaving for weeks at a time even. So if anyone has a "I made it work" story or "no way" story, I'd love to hear it. Thank you for your input.

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    Originally posted by skschilling View Post
    Good Morning All,

    I was wondering about the process of owning a dog and being hired as a firefighter. I am about to graduate from a fire academy and was planning on going to the pound and picking out a companion. However, the more I think about it, as a young, single aspiring firefighter, looking to work anywhere, any shift, any time, how would that impact having a pet? Does anyone have experience with this? Working up to 3 days at a time especially as a Probie? I'm planning on applying to every CalFire headquarter I can, and (fingers crossed) getting hired could bring a possibility of leaving for weeks at a time even. So if anyone has a "I made it work" story or "no way" story, I'd love to hear it. Thank you for your input.
    You going to get a dog, eh? I like female ladies better!

    Why not get a girl or boy friend whatever your like?

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    • #3
      Simples--lock dog in confined space--leave dishes of food-marked Monday -Tues- Weds! Go to work--explain to neighbours that the howling will stop when you come home again.

      You are a plank--dogs need human contact(but in your case?)


      Do not get dog!
      "If you thought it was hard getting into the job--wait until you have to hang the "fire gear"up and walk away!"
      Harry Lauder 1981.Me on the left!

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      • #4
        Consider an ant farm.
        I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

        "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

        "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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        • #5
          How about Sea Monkeys?
          Stay Safe
          Bull


          “Guys if you get hurt, we’ll help you. If you get sick we’ll treat you. If you want to bitch and moan, then all I can tell you is to flick the sand out of your slit, suck it up or get the hell out!”
          - Capt. Marc Cox CFD

          Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
          -WINSTON CHURCHILL

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          • #6
            Yeah, I was going to suggest fish or a cat. They could really care less if you're around.

            Do not get a dog.

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            • #7
              I like the human female better than any!!
              Stay Safe and Well Out There....

              Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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              • #8
                I went with both the dog and the human female and the biggest problem I see is the human famale complains about taking care of the dog! So if you keep the dog out of the mix you should be okay. They really do need the contact with thier masters, or maybe any human!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
                  I like the human female better than any!!
                  Dogs are easier to train.
                  -Justin J. "JJR512" Rebbert

                  The comments and opinions I express are solely my own and do not necessarily represent those of any employer or volunteer organization with which I am associated. Nobody is responsible for anything I say other than I alone.

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                  • #10
                    And in a lot of cases --better looking.
                    "If you thought it was hard getting into the job--wait until you have to hang the "fire gear"up and walk away!"
                    Harry Lauder 1981.Me on the left!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JJR512 View Post
                      Dogs are easier to train.
                      Depends on the woman too. Guess you aren't married, eh?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
                        Depends on the woman too. Guess you aren't married, eh?
                        I'm married and have children. I have no idea how you could have possibly come up with that conclusion, it doesn't logically follow.
                        -Justin J. "JJR512" Rebbert

                        The comments and opinions I express are solely my own and do not necessarily represent those of any employer or volunteer organization with which I am associated. Nobody is responsible for anything I say other than I alone.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JJR512 View Post
                          I'm married and have children. I have no idea how you could have possibly come up with that conclusion, it doesn't logically follow.
                          I know who wears the pants in your house and it isn't mr emt.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
                            I know who wears the pants in your house and it isn't mr emt.
                            You're right, it isn't Mr. EMT, because there are no EMTs in my house. As for your line of reasoning...well I can't really comment on it, because it doesn't seem like you've actually done any reasoning at all. You took a comment that was made entirely in jest, faultily jumped to an erroneous conclusion, and are now trying to cover it by being insulting, I guess. Good for you.
                            -Justin J. "JJR512" Rebbert

                            The comments and opinions I express are solely my own and do not necessarily represent those of any employer or volunteer organization with which I am associated. Nobody is responsible for anything I say other than I alone.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JJR512 View Post
                              You're right, it isn't Mr. EMT, because there are no EMTs in my house. As for your line of reasoning...well I can't really comment on it, because it doesn't seem like you've actually done any reasoning at all. You took a comment that was made entirely in jest, faultily jumped to an erroneous conclusion, and are now trying to cover it by being insulting, I guess. Good for you.
                              Wow, the irony is so thick you could choke on it...
                              Opinions expressed are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Philadelphia Fire Department and/or IAFF Local 22.

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