Dogs — notably dalmatians, but all kinds of other breeds, as well — are a longtime tradition in American firehouses. NBC’s drama Chicago Fire recognized this during its first season when it added the dog “Pouch” (pictured) to its cast to keep the fictional Windy City firehouse crew company. But now the producers of Chicago Fire are seeking real-life firehouse dogs in a quest for the perfect firehouse pooch, with the winner being named Chicago Fire Top Dog.
The Chicago Fire Top Dog contest is a nationwide search, and the winning canine will make an appearance on both NBC’s Today show, and on Chicago Fire itself. Firehouses should email submissions for their dogs to ChicagoFire.TopDog@nbcuni.com and include a photo and no more than 200 words on why their dog should be chosen. The contest also requests the dog and owner’s names to be included on the submission, as well as the address, home phone number, firehouse number, firehouse phone number and email address. Emails should include the subject line: “Chicago Fire Top Dog Contest.”
Chicago Fire executive producers will review the applicants and choose the top three candidates. Those finalists will appear on Today Sept. 24, and a public vote will be held on Today.com to pick the winner. The winner will be announced on Today or Today.com on Oct. 1.
Entries for the Chicago Fire Top Dog contest will be accepted through Sept. 8. More details and official rules are at today.com/topdog.
Season 2 of Chicago Fire premieres Sept. 24 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC.
Pouch the Dog from Chicago Fire: Matt Dinerstein/NBC