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'Chicago Fire' goes to the dogs in search of 'perfect firehouse pooch'

The NBC drama “Chicago Fire” is holding a nationwide contest for the top dog — top firehouse dog, that is.

The winner will make an appearance on “Today” as well as the primetime program, which kicks off its second season Sept. 24. Cast and crew began shooting the sophomore season in Chicago late last month.

Firehouses are asked to email submissions to ChicagoFire.TopDog@nbcuni.com and include a photo and no more than 200 words on why their canine should be chosen. Also include the dog and owner’s names, address, home phone number, firehouse number, firehouse phone number and email address, with “Chicago Fire Top Dog Contest” written in the subject line.

Entries will be considered through Sept. 8. Official rules are posted at www.today.com/topdog.

“Chicago Fire” executive producers will review the applicants and choose the top three candidates. Those finalists will appear on “Today” on 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.