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Darn That Alarm!

Howling dogs and handsome firemen – just another day at the dog school.

This mascot wants to go on another run to the dog school.

This mascot wants to go on another run to the dog school.

It was an old concrete bunker of a building. Giant gears that stirred the paint once manufactured here remained, giving the place a decidedly industrial look. As a dog training school in downtown Chicago, it was perfect. A massive copper furnace huffed and boomed to life to warm us in the frigid winter, but it had likely been on duty since the Eisenhower administration and I gave it a respectful distance, opting for state-of-the-art fire and burglar alarms to protect my furry charges.

I was training a boisterous lab puppy one cool spring day when the piercing WHOOOP, WHOOOP, WHOOOP of the fire alarm went off. I looked around for flames, ninjas, smoke, or other interlopers but found no trouble. The phone call to the service was made, but I was told the firemen were on their way.
 

Read the entire article in the Summer 2012 issue