Raleigh Dog Wins Circuit City 'Firedog' Contest

Posted January 31, 2008

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— Hank, a 2006 alum of Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, has won Circuit City’s nationwide “Find the Next Firedog” Contest.

Hank earned the all-volunteer rescue group a $50,000 donation plus $1 for each vote he received.

The electronics chain uses Firedog as its brand name for its in-home installation and help service.

Hank's win was a grassroots effort on the part of the community, adopters, friends, family, co-workers, fellow rescuers, businesses, acquaintances and strangers both locally and across the globe.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for getting the word out about our Hank,” said rescue group President Jennifer Edwards. “I want to thank each and every person who voted for Hank and everyone who encouraged others to vote for him. The grand prize money will be a huge help in rescuing and rehabilitating Golden Retrievers since our annual vet expenses can exceed $90,000. We are beyond thrilled!”

Hank will head to California to begin his new career as the next Firedog. His owners, Dave and Suzy Masini, asked that others donate to the rescue group to help other Golden Retrievers.

Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue Inc. is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers who are dedicated to helping unwanted Golden Retrievers through rehabilitation and adoption.


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  • simplelogic Feb 1, 2008

    Big cheese, we heard you the first time. And my dog's tongue is longer than Hank's - just give her some peanut butter and you'll see for yourself!

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jan 31, 2008

    Noboby cares or gives a hoot about the Circuit City Dog.... This story is a joke....

  • Heather Jan 31, 2008

    Strawberry - that's hilarious!!!

    Good for Hank and NRGRR! I have three rescues and these dogs are so deserving and give back 10 times what you give to them.

  • iamrunningalong Jan 31, 2008

    :) I am a volunteer with NRGRR - and HANK is a super star dog. Like every dog! To the person that asked if Circuit City now "owns" Hank - no... it's not like that. Hank and his owners will go to California for the filming of the commercial... he's with his forever family FOREVER!

    Nice that WRAL picked this story up after the fact too... I sent email PLEADING them to help us get the word out about the contest and the vote 3 weeks ago but got no reply!

  • Deacons Jan 31, 2008

    I tried 3 years ago to contact the Neuese River club about adopting a retirever and they never contacted me so i bought a puppy. I admire the work they do but they do not return calls or emails like they should.

  • wralfan Jan 31, 2008

    What a great story!

    I rescued my golden retriever as well. She belonged to a Marine sent overseas after 9/11. Remember the animal shelters next time there is a big deployment.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jan 31, 2008

    Does anyone but doggie lovers care about the Circuit City dog. This has got to be the most redicuious thing I have ever heard of. Firedog is a cartoon......What a waste of time and money....Firedog hooks up with GeekSquad

  • My5cents Jan 31, 2008

    Congradulations to Hank! and thanks to all those who selflessly give of themselves to benefit animals in need.

  • All child molesters should die Jan 31, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS Hank! You are a beautiful boy. What a long, pnk tongue you have, my friend! Gene Simmons would be envious! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

    :-) Beth

  • wolfpackfan15 Jan 31, 2008

    Congratulations Hank!