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Colonel McSniff - Boston
Fire dog
BACK BAY -- When Boston firefighters risk their lives to protect people and property, a fire dog is often there, if for no other reason than to lend support. When the alarm sounds at Ladder 15 on Boylston Street, Colonel McSniff stands at attention and then jumps into his seat inside Engine 33. On this December afternoon, the 6-year-old yellow Labrador retriever napped on the way back from a false alarm -- not much action for him or his owner, Lt. Bob Moriarty, left, and firefighter Chris Wright, who recently returned from a second tour with the Marines in Iraq. When not on fire calls, Colonel hunts with his owner, plays soccer with a basketball in the firehouse, visits the sick in area hospitals, and entertains the elderly in nursing homes. In warm weather, the firehouse doors are open and he greets all who come by. "Kids love him," says Moriarty.

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

audio: Click the play button below to listen to Colonel at play
(Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)