The popular Dalmatian is known for its endurance and elegance. Its reputation as a firehouse mascot is rooted in its use as a carriage dog whose role was to run along, beside, and sometimes under horse-drawn carriages. Dalmatians were useful for clearing the way in front of the carriage, both by controlling the horses and by their eye-catching attractiveness. This use likely transferred to horse-drawn fire engines. Their popularity increased in the early 1960’s with the release of the Disney animated classic “101 Dalmatians”, yet the breed may date back over 4000 years to Ancient Greece, where it is seen depicted in art.
Peter’s secret inscriptions include “Best”, in homage to George Best, the first superstar footballer in the UK, who died while Peter was carving this piece. “Futurama” refers to a cartoon series by The Simpsons’ creators – both favorites of Peters. The dice are present because Peter and his son Sam are avid “Risk” players, and dice have spots like Dalmatians.
Carving Date: 2005 - Fixed Edition
2" diameter, 2" high
Made in England
In-house stock photographs. - As with any hand-tinted product, box figurine received will be similar but unique.