Raleigh Dog Wins Circuit City 'Firedog' Contest

Posted January 31, 2008 10:15 a.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2008 10:50 a.m. EST

— 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.