Dalmatians in North America are often associated with fire fighters and are adopted as mascots for fire houses. However, they weren't always just for show and companionship. When horse-drawn fire carriages (not carraiges) were used, the Dalmatians ran ahead of the horses, finding a clear path. They were also kept by aristocrats for their interesting coats and as companions for the horses. In addition to running with the carriages, Dalmatians frequently lived in the stalls and slept with the horses at night.
Carraige* occurs less frequently than Dalmation, appearing just over 150 times in WorldCat. Might want to check your library catalogue for both!
(Dalmation puppy photo from DailyPuppy.com)