Do You Know a 'Hero Dog'?
Nominations are open for nationwide canine contest.
To pet parents, every dog is heroic — providing love and affection for their humans each day. But certain canines go above and beyond the human-animal bond to protect and serve their two-legged companions. To honor these exceptional pooches, the American Humane Association and Hallmark Channel have opened nominations for the second annual “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.”
The Hero Dog Awards were launched to celebrate dogs that prove how remarkable our furry friends can be. And honors will go to canines in eight categories: Law Enforcement/Arson; Service; Therapy; Military; Guides; Search and Rescue; Hearing; and Emerging Hero Dogs, a category reserved for ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. Animal lovers can go to www.herodogawards.org to submit their favorite dogs to the program.
“Americans love a hero, and this year's inaugural Hero Dog Awards proved that's true for the four-legged kind as well,” said Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “The overwhelming outpouring of support for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards instantly transformed this event from a great idea, into a campaign and program that was nationally embraced. Everyone has a hero dog in his or her life, and we want to hear about yours!”
After all the nominations are in, each category will be narrowed down to one finalist through online voting. The eight category winners and their human companions will be flown to Los Angeles for the main event, the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, on October 6th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the winning American Hero Dog will be announced.
Finalists for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards show included: Iraq war veteran dog WMD Bino C152; Sage, who had helped find survivors at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks; Ricochet, the only dog in the world who conducts surf therapy with special-needs children; Arson Detection Dog Sadie who has worked more than 40 fires; Service Dog Zurich, who has helped his ill owner in small and immeasurable ways; Hearing Dog Harley, who helps his human companion live a richer and safer life; Therapy Dog Stacey Mae, who helped collect more than 2,000 teddy bears for ill children; and the overall winning 2011 “American Hero Dog” Roselle, a guide dog who led her blind companion down 78 flights of stairs to safety during the World Trade Center terror attacks.
Do you know of a heroic dog that you could nominate? What do you think about these awards? Tell us below!
3 years ago
I have a hero dog at home it's Skitters one night I was gonna go to sleep and Skitters kept on nudging me she wouldn't let me go to sleep so I tried everything I could think of I fed her let her outside gave her some water checked on everything and everyone but everything was fine I tried again to go to sleep Skitters still wouldn't let me so I pulled my blood sugar machine out and checked my blood sugar it was 40 once my blood sugar was back up she stopped bugging me and let me sleep I am so thankful for that she saved my life that night and now I know when she gives me nudges like that to check my blood sugar first thing!
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