In fiction, it seems to be assumed that dogs have a kind of fascination or obsession with fire hydrants, loving them almost as much as they love bones
and chasing cats
. Though not always stated outright the fact that they enjoy marking their territory on them is rarely denied, even if it means Getting Crap Past the Radar
. Some works take the obsession to the next level, however, without mentioning this tendency.
Can overlap with Urine Trouble
- One ad for Disney's Aladdin game for the Sega console has one boy claim to two associates that he has completed the game with two wishes left unused. One associate challenges him to prove that statement. The second associate is instantly transformed into a dog. Then the challenger is transformed into a fire hydrant. The dog pointedly notices this.
- The old ABC Saturday Morning "We'll be Right Back" Ad Bumpers sometimes featured a claymation dog sniffing a sapient fire hydrant, only to be hosed down.
- In one Far Side comic, an alien species—that just happens to resemble fire hydrants—comes to Earth. One of these aliens reports to his superiors how his first contact with a dog went: "I asked him to take me to his leader, and what happened next was horrible!"
- The title character of Buckles is shown to be in love with an inanimate hydrant, which he calls "Irene".
- Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes, once made a snowdog next to a fire hydrant, complete with lifted hind leg. Someone off-panel – one of his parents, most likely – wasn't thrilled.
- Appears repeatedly in Garfield.
- In an episode of Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko is talked into buying his dog Spunky a hi-tech fire hydrant-shaped dog bowl.
- In the episode "Clean Lovin'", after falling in love with a mop and having a veterinarian take it away from him, Spunky rebounds by falling in love with a fire hydrant.
- At the end of the Ren and Stimpy episode "Fire Dogs", the pair are given an award shaped like a hydrant. The last shot is a line of dogs waiting to relieve themselves on it.
- In one of the Tex Avery MGM Cartoons starring George and Junior as dog catchers, they dress as fire hydrants to attract a dog they've been trying to catch. They end up being chased by every dog in town.
- In the first Droopy cartoon, he walks behind a hydrant, and after a brief pause, walks out with a look of embarrassment on his face.
- When J. P. Gottrockets wins custody of The Jetsons' dog Astro as his long-lost dog Tralfaz, he offers Tralfaz a living area littered with doggie bones and fire hydrants.
- In Robots, a sentient fire hydrant tells a robotic dog "Don't you dare!" as it's lifting a hind leg near it.
- Dog City used fire hydrants as toilets.
- A episode of CatDog has Dog getting extremely pissed off when another dog uses a fire hydrant that he already claimed as his own. He then forces Cat to stay with him at the hydrant all day and night until he confronts the dog who used it.
- Another episode had Cat finding out that dog is in possession of a golden fire hydrant. Dog spends the whole episode trying to go on it with Cat always stopping him so he can make money off of it. When the Greaser Dogs end up relieving themselves on it, it turns out that it's just a regular fire hydrant painted gold. At the end of the episode when the whole group is eaten by a crocodile, Cat find another golden hydrant, the dogs are all slowly walking towards it in a daze with Cat pleading them to stop. An outside shot at the crocodile, Cat's voice can be heard saying, "Well, at least we know this one is real."
- This fridge magnet by artist Gary Patterson. (In case someone can't access the link, it depicts a dog approaching a fire hydrant that has an "out of order" sign on it, as in a restroom.)
- In big cities where there aren't many upright objects like trees, dogs do mark their territory on fire hydrants, but will just as likely use a telephone pole or something else. Plus if a dog has urinated there already, another will also do so to show its dominance.
- Fake fire hydrant lawn statues are sold to give people's pet dogs a place to do their business.