Dogs are not only the most loyal companions to people, showering them with unconditional love and devotion, but have also become working dogs, assisting people in a variety of exploratory and dangerous situations as well as health and medical conditions. To name a few of their skills, they have become war dogs, police dogs, service dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs, but also without adhering to a title, dogs frequently perform outstanding deeds that save people’s lives, prevent disasters or enhance the life of their caretakers.
The dogs carrying out such remarkable actions don’t ask for a thank you or any other humble acknowledgment for their heroic deeds. They are happy to receive a treat, may it be a pat on the head, a snack, a toy or a few minutes playtime.
To give credit where credit is due, the American Humane Association initiated the yearly Hero Dog Awards competition in 2010 to recognize the strong and amazing bond between dogs and people and to commemorate dogs’ significant contributions and outright help in adversity as well as in every day life
The Hero Dog Awards competition also gives war dogs the opportunity to receive a much deserved award for being part of a military unit, fighting, exploring, providing support, taking part in rescuing missions and saving the lives of soldiers, an award that is long overdue as an official recognition of war dogs but that the government so far has refused to grant.
People have the opportunity to vote for their canine hero submitted by the public in the following eight categories:
- Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs
- Service Dogs
- Therapy Dogs
- Military Dogs
- Guide Dogs
- Search and Rescue Dogs
- Hearing Dogs
- Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for ordinary dogs)
To vote online, go to: http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/.
Finalists in each category will receive a Hero Dog award for their feats of loyalty, bravery and love, and win $1,500 for a selected charity partner. The overall champion, the top American Hero Dog of 2013, chosen by the public and a judging panel, gets $5,000 donated to the handler’s chosen charity,
For more information about the Hero Dog Awards, go to: http://www.herodogawards.org/
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