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judges 2011

Annie Jolie Malala

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Entry Category Emerging Hero Dogs
Charity Partner Pine Street Foundation (Canine Cancer Detection)
Location Pawtucket, Rhode Island


I have 4 dogs and they are all 'hero' dogs to me. The one dog I have chosen to submit in this challenge is my youngest dog. Her name is Annie Jolie Malala . I am a special education teacher and this past summer, I worked with middle school-age children who fall under the category of the Autistic Spectrum. These particular children exhibited a variety of behaviors, including screaming , hitting, running away, unraveling clothes, and demonstrating selective muteness. In this particular picture that I chose, Annie made quite a positive impression on this young boy who, throughout his life, has demonstrated selective muteness. When Annie spent time with him, this young boy began slowly verbalizing and, after two days, was having private chats with Annie. He brushed Annie, took her for outside walks, and enjoyed hugging her. Annie, as young as she was at the time (one year old), was gentle and loving and seemed to understand that this boy needed a friend. There was a very special bond that formed between this boy and Annie Jolie Malala. There was a miracle that occurred when the boy started talking to and hugging Annie. Annie accepted this boy with 'open paws'. She instinctively knew that she had to move slowly and be gentle and patient. Annie is a hero to these children who are developmentally, behaviorally, and emotionally challenged in their every day lives. This is why I think she deserves a 'Hero Dog' Award.

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