Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.
Grace L. Bates of Fort Wayne imagines this Dalmatian saying "You put me up here – you get me down – arf arf. I'm not just kiddin' around!"
But it turns out the dog got itself up there!
I was quickly scrolling through pages on microfilm in the JG's library a while back when I zoomed right past this page. About five seconds later, it registered with me what I had seen – or what I thought I had seen, at least – and I had to scroll back to double check. Yes, that was a dog climbing a ladder.
Some other captions:
• "I can't do the pole, but I can handle a slide!" – Amy Beatty, Fort Wayne
• "The firemen at the station thought this was safer than the firepole!" – Janet Hakes
• "Can someone call my friends at the fire station?" – Thom Obergfell
• "OK...is this the only way down?" – Janice Kline, Mark Center, Ohio
• "Are you double daring me?" – Virginia Clark, Fort Wayne
• "I've heard of a dog sled, but not a dog slide!" – Eric Eckman
• "Hope they put this on the fire truck," – Al Lichtsinn, Fort Wayne
• "Doggone slide." – Eleanor Guthrie, Fort Wayne
• "Pull that fire truck closer!" – Herm Abbott, Auburn
• "Mom, watch this! Mom, watch. MOM!" – William Krebs, Fort Wayne
• "I never thought fire training would be this intense." – Dan Kelker
• "Shall I slide on my belly or my back?" – Greg Racine, Fort Wayne
• "Did I mention I'm afraid of heights?" – Dicia Barnhouse, Churubusco
The real story: While visiting the Fort Wayne State School Day Camp at Round Lake for a different assignment, Journal Gazette photographer Dailey Fogle came across this Dalmation named Banjo who was showing off his skills.
Banjo could climb the ladder and then sort of walk-slide down the slide. Camp directors said Banjo, owned by Louis Veale, was good therapy for the boys and girls.
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