Chicago Fire executive producer and co-creator Derek Haas says Pouch – the character’s name as well as the dog’s real name – came by that name as a combination of half pooch/half couch. And Haas says that, contrary to popular belief, none of the actual Chicago firehouses they’ve visited has a spotted Dalmation. “We saw a dog like our Pouch while doing a ride-along with the Chicago Fire Department last summer,” said Haas. “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. 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,” explained Haas.
Details on the January 30, 2013 Episode:
Firefighter Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) discovers a wayward mutt and wants to keep him in the firehouse, but is overruled by no-nonsense Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) and Mouch (Christian Stolte). Over time, the irresistible Pouch eventually is named and claimed by the entire fire-and-rescue team.
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