Have you heard of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards?
It's an annual event and competition that celebrates the accomplishments of very special canines in 7 different categories: Law Inforcement, Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Military, Search & Rescue, Guide Dogs and Emerging Hero Dog ("ordinary" dogs doing the extraordinary)
Finalists for 2018 include:
Ruby, a search and rescue pup that successfully tracked a lost teenager, after 36 hours of failed attempts by the humans.
It turned out, the boy's mother had fostered Ruby before she became a search and rescue dog! What a way of saying "thanks"!
In the Emerging Hero category, Willow, a South Korean dog meat trade survivor. Old, matted, with bad teeth and cut ears, he was allowed rescue, because he "didn't offer much meat". Willow and his humans now travel the world to spread awareness on the dog meat atrocity.
Frances the guide dog came into her mom's life when she became blind, after a rare complication of breast cancer. When she learned that she was pregnant, Frances' mom knew she would heavily rely on her yellow lab to help her in the everyday tasks of a new mother.
"Franny" did the job, amd more! She also works with a Visually Impaired Education program, interacting in classrooms with children who have normal eyesight, to diminish stereotypes associated with the blind.
What about you? Do you know of any hero dog? Have you ever accomplished something awesome, even if you may not be in the finalists' list?
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