Former World’s Largest Fire Hydrant
Q: What’s black and white and peed all over?
A: The humungous fire hydrant in Beaumont, TX.
From a dog’s point of view, this hydrant is the stuff that dreams are made of – specifically the air running, while flopped on your side with your tongue lolling out, kind of dreams.
I can’t claim quite that level of enthusiasm but, from a human perspective, the fire hydrant outside the Fire Museum of Texas definitely makes an impression. The three boys who tumbled out of their parents’ car and dashed across the plaza to pose next to it while pretend (I hope) peeing, certainly got a kick out of it.
When fire trucks were still horse-drawn, Dalmatians were invaluable because they deterred horse thieves. These dogs bond very tightly with horses. They acted as both bodyguard and buddy to the horses tasked with hauling the pumper wagon.
However, the behemoth really does work and is capable of spraying out 1,500 gallons of water. Try and find an umbrella to withstand that.
The address is: 400 Walnut Street, Beaumont, TX.
Five + Paws! Hello, it’s a fire hydrant!
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