Meet Henri The English Bulldog, Cadbury’s New Easter Mascot

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Top Dog Henri The English Bulldog & Cadbury Bunny being interviewedAmerica’s next top… Bunny Dog?

Yep, Henri, the self-proclaimed Super Stud English Bulldog, is an aspiring actor and dog model who recently got his first big break as the new “spokes dog” for Cadbury, winning its first ever “bunny tryouts” competition in early 2019. More than 4,000 pets auditioned, but, ultimately, it was 18-month old Henri the Bulldog from Wilmington, NC who earned the opportunity to film the latest commercial for the Hershey-based chocolate brand. The new campaign is a fresh take on a 35-year-old classic clucking bunny ad which is synonymous with Spring. Henri also scored $5,000 in prize money and Cadbury donated $10,000 to the ASPCA, one of our favorite pet-advocacy organizations.

Despite his busy schedule, we were lucky enough to sit down with Henry for this exclusive interview. Get to know this pudgy pup and what it was like behind the scenes as a TV star.

How did you and your human meet?

Mama and Daddy created me! Well, my real mama is still alive too. My parents took one look at me and decided they just have to keep me!

I guess when you’ve got, you’ve got it! And I’ve got it!

How’d you get the name Henri?

Well, mama first named me King Arthur. My brother was named Sir Lancelot and my sister was named Lady Guinevere. But mama said I looked more like a Henry. So she decided to call me Henry with a Y! But then she saw a statue from the Henri Studios of a beautiful Bulldog, and she changed my name to Henri with an I!!

What was the audition process like?

I knew mama was up to somethin’ when she got those ears and fluffy bunny tail. I tried them on and they just felt right. She started to take pics of me because I looked so cute. She was gonna save them for Easter, but she saw a contest on Facebook that talked about being in the Cadbury Bunny Commercial! She just couldn’t resist! So she entered my beautiful face. And fluffy tail too!

When you were selected how did you feel?

When I found out I won, I had excitement overload! We were jumping and barking and just so, so happy!

Henri The English Bulldog Filming The Cadbury TV CommercialTell us about the commercial filming

I went into a big room of people who were so excited to see me! They all wanted to squish my wrinkles. I get that a lot. And it feels kinda good, so I don’t mind.

I wasn’t scared at all because everyone was so nice. And all I had to do was sit and lay down on a green piece of soft fabric. They just wanted to see me smile and take all kinds of pictures of me! It was really fun!

They even had lunch brought in and I got in line for the buffet! And guess what? I got steak! Mmmmm…

What’s it like being a bunny?

Being the bunny is super duper easy. I feel like I might be part Bunny because it came so easy to me. And it makes everyone really happy!

Watch Henri the Bulldog’s Cadbury TV commercial here:

Ironically, dogs can’t eat chocolate. So what are some of your go-to treats?

I like sweet potatoes and chicken snacks. Watermelon too! (Learn more about the risks of dogs eating chocolate).

What are your tips for winning competitions?

You have to be happy. That’s the best trick. And patient with the humans because they want to smooch you all the time. So those are the only trick I’d say to be really good at.

What are some of your favorite spots in Wilmington to hang out?

I go to Freeman Park (in Carolina Beach) with my humans. We take pictures. We don’t get to walk too much because a lot of people want to talk to me!  We also love the park on College Road. It’s so pretty.

What is your favorite toy?

I love my Jolly Ball! Bestest toy ever! Mama even ran it over with the car and guess what?? It still works!! Good as new. Sort of.

What’s next for you?

I want to be in more commercials and visit children in the hospital. Maybe I could do a movie, learn to surf and raise some money for humans and fur babies too!

So that’s it. That’s all I’ve got.

Thanks Henri for sharing your story with us! Follow Henri on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest and let us know in the comments below if you have any questions for him.

About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and two cats. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

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