These extremely energetic canines are friendly, intelligent, playful, and sensitive. They originally came from the Dalmatia region at the south of Croatia in Europe. Originally, this breed was used as a hunting or carriage dog.

Disney’s animated film “101 Dalmatians” was based on Dodie Smith’s novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”. Dodie Smith was inspired after a friend said to her: “Those dogs would make a lovely fur coat” after observing her dogs. Smith once owned nine Dalmatians, and Pongo (the protagonist dog in the film) was named after one of them.

Dalmatians are also known as “firehouse dogs” and can be seen riding on fire trucks. They have strong guarding instincts and are capable of defending fire stations and their equipment! Dalmatians have taken on the unofficial role of firehouse mascots. On PAW Patrol, Marshall is a Dalmatian firefighter pup!

Dalmatians become very popular whenever a film is released but because they are so highly energetic, few people can keep up with them and their popularity as a pet fades quickly. On the other hand, children have enjoyed drawings of them in their bedrooms, as party themes, on clothing, stuffed animals and other items for more than 60 years.

DIY party creations has come up with a cute Dalmatian Dog party theme for you. Many templates to print, create and decorate your event can be found here. May your party be inspired by these active and lovable dogs, and have a wonderful time!

Finally, before promising your child a Dalmatian, consider its size (they are big), hyperactivity and strength. They shouldn’t really be left alone with small children!  Despite their intelligence, they require extensive training in order to be controlled. While these spotted dogs might not be the best choice for a family dog, they are absolutely adorable! 

How about a riddle: What do cheetahs, dalmatians, jaguars, leopards, deer and appaloosas have in common?
Answer: stops (read backwards)

 

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Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalmatian_(dog)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodie_Smith
https://thexplorion.com/adorable-dog-breeds-you-dont-want-around-your-kids/
https://spotadalmatian.com/dalmatian-spots-everything-you-need-to-know/

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I’ve always assumed that the paisley pattern was desiged for clothing by popular fashion companies. That is only partially correct.  

It’s originally Persian and it’s called Boteh. This teardrop shape motif used on textiles goes back to the 11th century, perhaps earlier. It is also very common in India, Azerbaijan, Turkey and other countries in the area. It made its way to Scotland from the Kashmir area and it is said to have been a motif which was used by the elite and was woven in silk to be used for clothing. 

In the 18th century it became quite popular in Europe. Paisley, a Scottish town near Glasgow, inspired the English name for this design. At the time, Paisley was a major center for the weaving industry. In the 1960s sheep’s wool was used to mass-produce imitations of these original patterns. 

In the summer of 1967 this design became associated with the psychedelic aesthetic/Bohemian style and was produced for the fashion industry, as well as wallpapers and fabrics.

In English-speaking countries, this pattern is still used for men’s ties, scarves and vests. This pattern is still popular in Iran and many Asian countries for a range of clothing and textiles.

Finding information and then designing my own paisley pattern for my e-shop products was so exciting and inspiring! Take a look at the templates here. Paisley patterns will always be fashionable and their colors will be adjusted to match the fashion of the season. Decorating a party with a paisley design motif definitely adds class and excitement!

Thank you for reading!

Artemis

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_(design)

https://www.paisleypower.com/history-of-paisley

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20151021-paisley-behind-rocks-favourite-fashion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_(design)

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