Ok. here's the deal... My dog eats embers. I'm burning wood in my fireplace, glass doors open, screen shut. A log 'pops' and an ember makes it through the screen. Before I know it, the dog has licked the (sometimes still-glowing) ember off of the hearth. She then trots back to her spot by the couch, plops down and waits for another freshly-cooked treat. She never seems to get burned, her tongue, lips, and nose are never singed. 1) I cannot close the glass doors with a fire going. They are the cheapo-doors that will break if I do. 2) I burn fully seasoned oak and ash, with a minimum of pine, cedar or other "snappy" wood. 3) The screen is as fine of mesh as I have seen. It does an exellent job of stopping stray sparks but sometimes one makes it through. Are all dogs like this? Is she mental? Is this in the same vein as chasing her own tail, catching it, and then wondering who bit her tail?