In an earlier article, we introduced you to the Hero Dog competition, describing the different jobs these pooches do and acquainting you with some of the contenders. Now it’s time (forget the Super Bowl, ignore the World Series) to declare a real champion from among the K9s who rose to be the alphas of their packs.
These four-legged knights in furry armor were nominated in seven divisions:
- Search & Rescue
- Law Enforcement
The preliminary rounds are over, the best-in-category winners have been named and it’s time to choose the number one Hero Dog for 2019. Let’s take a look at the finalists.
The Last Dogs Standing
Gus the Shelter Dog: This guy was found walking the street horribly disfigured after being abused. He stoically endured multiple surgeries and procedures and garnered fans worldwide. He ascended to the top by giving hope to people of all walks of life.
Piglet for Search & Rescue: While she is not a denizen of the Hundred Acre Woods, she is familiar with that type of territory. She went to offer her services in the aftermath of the devastating California “Camp Fire” and regularly sniffs out victims humans cannot locate.
Sgt. Yeager, USMC: This dogface (no offense Marines) rose through the ranks to command the military division. Now retired, the sergeant won a Purple Heart for some shrapnel he took when an IED went off nearby. Sadly, his handler and friend was killed in the attack, but never fear, another Corps family took him in and he’s enjoying post-service life.
Officer Dax: Standing on the Thin Blue Line, this hard-working pup has an amazing resume. He’s not quite Superdog, but he’s not far off. He spends his duty hours chasing down fleeing suspects, finding missing children and helping arson investigators. Dax has also used his amazing snout to find drug stashes.
Jeanie the Tiny Therapist: This little girl may only have three legs, but that doesn’t stop her from giving from her heart. Being interviewed by detectives would be stressful for most adults, how much more so a child who may have witnessed a traumatizing event. Jeanie accompanies youths who have to face this to keep them calm and centered. She’s also seen around hospitals and schools during final exams.
A Server Named Alice: No, not the waitress from the eponymous 1970s sitcom. This Alice helps take care of a teenage boy who was critically injured when someone shot up the SUV he was riding in. She senses oncoming seizures in her charge, allowing him, or those nearby, to act before he falls unconscious. Without her, this young man would most likely be confined to his house the vast majority of the time.
Aptly Named Leader Dog Lady: Her name might be a mouthful, but it fits her to a tee. As a seeing-eye dog, she allows her human to do things most of us take for granted. Everyday things like crossing the street and flying on an airplane. This pupper is also a great wing
mandog. During potentially awkward situations, she draws the attention of strangers away from the handicap of her friend limiting the barrage of questions she usually gets about being blind.
Voting is open through 12:00 pm Pacific Time on September 9, 2019, and you can cast a ballot for the hero who has touched your heart the most. Forget about the donkeys and the elephants, vote for the animals that truly matter: dogs!
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