This week we honor our Service Hero Dog nominees!
About the Hero Dog Awards
For thousands of years, dogs have comforted us, protected us and given us their unconditional love. To repay the favor, American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards searches out and recognizes America’s courageous canines who unconditionally avail themselves to us in so many important ways, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, providing therapeutic support to children suffering from cancer or other illnesses, or just greeting with a wagging tail and the end of a hard day. For the next eight weeks we will be celebrating the heroic hounds in each of the 2014 American Hero Dog Award categories.
Watch the video of last year's Service dog winner, SD Bronx, and then be sure to check out the stories of this year's outstanding nominees and help choose 2014’s finalist!
About Service Hero Dogs
Service Dogs assist people with disabilities other than vision or hearing impairment. They can be trained to work with people who use wheelchairs, have balance issues, have various types of autism, need seizure alert or response, need to be alerted to other medical issues like low blood sugar, or have psychiatric disabilities. These specially trained dogs can help by retrieving objects that are out of their person's reach, opening and closing doors, turning light switches off and on, barking to indicate that help is needed, finding another person and leading the person to the handler, assisting ambulatory persons to walk by providing balance and counterbalance, and many other individual tasks as needed by a person with a disability.
Read the amazing stories of the 2014 nominees for Service Hero Dogs, and vote for your favorites!