NBC's Chicago Fire adds rescue dog as series regular
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Entertainment, Film/TV.
Photo: NBC.com

It looks like one of NBC’s latest shows, “Chicago Fire,” has a new leading four-legged character. It’s none other then the adorable pooch in the above photo.

Pouch is a rescue dog that the cast, crew and fictional series has embraced with open arms, NBC.com reports.

On the show, Pouch is brought in as the Firehouse 51’s new firehouse dog, but not welcomed at first. After a while, her face is hard to resist and she’s officially made a member of the team.

Pouch received her name from the show’s co-creator and executive producer, Derek Haas, as she is “half pooch and half couch.”

“We saw a dog like our Pouch while doing a ride-along with the Chicago Fire Department last summer,” Haas explained. “A kid offered his dog to the firemen and said it was either going there or it would have to go to the pound for adoption.

“All firehouses have a million stories to tell about a firehouse dog, and we thought he would make a great addition,” he added. “Pouch will literally grow up before our eyes. Plus, pets are great stress relievers, and firefighters and rescue squads are under tremendous pressure every day, so they will appreciate her presence as a working dog.”

Pouch is still getting used to Chicago and being part of a TV show, but Haas said, “She’s not immune to making a puddle on the floor but she has a great personality. She just doesn’t know how to hit her mark yet.”

Pouch made her debut on last night’s episode, but you can catch her every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.

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Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Dana

    In the episode the boy says his father was going to throw the dog in the river, not take it to the pound. Which in most cases is the same thing. Regardless I am glad to see a rescue dog story with a happy ending.