The American Kennel Club and the American Humane Association both recently honored dogs that are heroes in our community.
The American Humane Association held a vote for America’s top “hero dog” from a finalist list of eight inspiring dogs like Cassidy, who lost a leg after being hit by a car and now, with his owner, advocates for special-needs dogs; and CWD Carlos, an explosive detection dog who served in Iraq and Afghanistan but was sadly neglected following his retirement – only to be rescued and brought home.
The AHA nominee with the most votes will be declared the organization’s Hero Dog Ambassador for 2013.
And the American Kennel Club honored five working dogs with its Award for Canine Excellence (ACE). They include Bart, a former hunting dog who’s now a companion dog for wounded veterans; Drago, a therapy dog called into action in Newtown, Conn.; Tuesday, an assistance dog; Zeke, a K9 wounded in action; and Jesse, a search-and-rescue dog who returned to work after an injury.
The five ACE awardees will receive silver medallions, presented at this year’s AKC/Eukanueba National Championship in Orlando, Fla., this December. They’ll also receive $1,000 to be awarded to a charity of their (owner’s) choice.
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