Dogs are animals that are closely associated with humans. Regaled as “man’s best friend,” dogs do much to help people on a daily basis. Dogs are used as guards, guiding eyes for the blind, and companions. Owning a dog is a wonderful experience that teaches children compassion. In fact, it has been proven that children who have pets are less likely to exhibit aggression towards other living things.
Anyone who has even had the privilege of owning a dog knows what wonderful animals they are and now the American Humane Association is officially recognizing some of the top dogs of the year via their “Dog Hero Awards.” According to AmericanHumane.org:
“The Hero Dog Awards were created by the American Humane Association to celebrate the devoted relationship between dogs and people. Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast nationwide on Hallmark Channel, the 2012 American Hero Dog winner will be announced at a black-tie gala event in Los Angeles on October 5th produced by Emmy® award winning MRB Productions.
The annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day. Dogs compete in eight categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs).
Winners in each category were selected by the public from a pool of over 350 contestants. Each will be flown to Hollywood with two of their human friends to attend the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards show in Los Angeles. There they will walk the red carpet, attend the show which will be broadcast on Hallmark Channel on October 5th, and be recognized in a video tribute.
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This year, among the winners was Cassidy, a dog who was injured in an accident and had his legs amputated and now travels to hospitals as a therapy dog for the disabled. Jingles, a diabetic alert canine also won a prize as did Lola, a rescue dog who helps her deaf owner cope with daily life. A dog known as K9 Lakota was rewarded for his contributions as a canine police drug detection dog. Similarly, a dog called CWD Carlos was awarded for his work as an explosive sniffing canine and another dog called John D was regaled for his search and rescue abilities. SD Bronx, a service dog, was awarded for his work with a boy riddled with seizures and Elle was also noted as being an excellent service dog that helps people overcome their fear of canines.
Each and every one of these stories shows the incredible bonds that humans and animals are capable of forming and how two different species can help each other in amazing ways.
For the full stories about the Hero Dogs of 2013 see the official website: http://www.herodogawards.org/meet-the-2013-hero-dog-awards-finalists