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Why Dalmations Ride On Fire Trucks August 31, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Joke.

Wikipedia ~ Fire Trucks (in Public Domain)

When a grandfather driving down the road with his three granddaughters heard a siren approaching, he pulled to the curb to allow the speeding fire truck to pass.

“Look, kids, a Dalmatian! Do you know why firemen have Dalmatians riding on the truck with them?”

The oldest thought a moment, and said, “I bet they use the dog to keep crowds away from burning buildings.”

The grandfather nodded, “That’s a thoughtful answer. You might be right.”

The middle child shook her head, “No, it’s for good luck. The dog protects the firemen while they’re working.”

Again, the grandfather nodded, “I bet they feel lucky having a fine dog like that working with them.”

The youngest, not to be outdone, raised her eyebrows knowingly, and said with authority:

“You’re both wrong. Firemen use Dalmatians to find the fire hydrants!”

* * * * *

Pluto-HappyAfter everyone had a good laugh, the oldest said, “I’ve got a riddle for you:  If H20 is on the inside of a fire hydrant, what is on the outside?”

When everyone in the car gave up, she smiled and said, “K9P!”

* * * * *

On a related note: How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a barbecue?

Source:  on-line joke research (it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it!)




1. Carl D'Agostino - August 31, 2011

My dopey uncle from Arkansas put a 10 piece puzzle together in just 2 hours. He was so proud. The box said “from 3 – 4 years”

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

Good one, Carl. 😉

2. misswhiplash - August 31, 2011

Very good Nancy..where did you dig that one up from?

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

My sister shared it with me some time ago . . . then I searched around on line for versions before writing it up.

3. Thorny Rose - August 31, 2011

Thanks for the giggle. I heard somewhere that firemen use Dalmations because they are often deaf so the siren doesn’t bother them. Now, as to why a fireman needs a dog in the first place…….?

nrhatch - August 31, 2011
4. Laura - August 31, 2011

Cute! Do we know the real reason? Because now I am curious! ~phrogmom

nrhatch - August 31, 2011
5. Cindy - August 31, 2011

A jolly good giggle 🙂

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

My favorite is the K9P . . . I can see kids getting a real kick out of that riddle.

6. Tilly Bud - August 31, 2011

Glad you take on the toughest jobs. I loved this 🙂

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

Well, I’ll never come up with a Joke a Day . . . but it’s nice to spread mirth around when we can.

Laugh on!

7. kateshrewsday - August 31, 2011

Lots of laughs today, Nancy 😀

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

I needed a bit of a laugh this morning. 🙄

8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - August 31, 2011

Ha, ha. This one gave me a good chuckle. K9 fire hydrant finders!

nrhatch - August 31, 2011

Plus . . . Dalmations look great wandering beside fire trucks and Clydesdale horses. 😉

9. Perfecting Motherhood - September 1, 2011

I won’t tell my kids about the K9P or they’ll want to write it on all fire hydrants!

nrhatch - September 1, 2011

I can see young kids being absolutely tickled pink by that joke. 😀

10. ElizOF - September 1, 2011

What a riot…and I’m still having a good chuckle LOL! 😆

nrhatch - September 1, 2011

I’ve always liked the looks of dalmations riding on firetrucks . . . or with the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales. They just look “right for the job!

11. Team Oyeniyi - September 1, 2011

Very cute!

nrhatch - September 1, 2011

Laughing makes life just a bit more palatable. 😀

12. CMSmith - September 1, 2011

Don’t they use dogs to help them find people in buildings?
Don’t know. Wanted to do a story on a fire dog once but never got around to it.

nrhatch - September 1, 2011

There are trained search and rescue dogs used to search for people in collapsed buildings . . . not sure about burning buildings though.

From what I read, it seems that Dalmations were used to guard the horses while the firemen fought the fire (or slept at the firehouse). These days, I only see dalmations on firetrucks in parades.

13. Paula Tohline Calhoun - September 1, 2011

Good grief, NRH! Did you hear my groans. . .?


nrhatch - September 1, 2011

That bad? 🙄

14. Naomi - September 3, 2011

Thanks for the fun & lovely pic, Nancy! Nice & close to home, since Dave’s dad & granddad were fire chiefs & my sister has dalmations 🙂

nrhatch - September 3, 2011

Oh, lovely. BFF’s brothers were firefighters in NJ for many years.

15. Chad - September 6, 2011

Rinkworks.com has a section called Really Bad Jokes which may amuse you.

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