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judges 2011


Entry Category Emerging Hero Dogs
Charity Partner Sheltie Rescue of Utah
Location Delray Beach, Florida


Bandit is first an ordinary dog with extraordinary story and the canine talent of unconditional love of a human, me.

Bandit is a rescue dog. When I first heard about him, he was slated for a wheel-chair for life at Tsu Zoo Rescue, having been born with back legs at birth that just didn't work, a lack of function from poor-breeding. I took him on as part of my work saving dogs at American Dog Rescue and we transported him to Texas A&M Veterinary College for juvenile diagnosis. We discovered that he could be rehabbed and he was, regaining use of his rear legs and progressing in his name from "Scooter" to "Tiny Tim" to "Bandit" as he learned to walk, run and play.

Strangely no one would adopt him as cute as he was. We went four months looking for a home but no takers... so I began to train him as a service dog for PTSD or MST disorder, hoping to give him to a veteran who deserved this little fellow... but he was small and no one really wanted him they wanted bigger dogs like labs and goldens. He became my constant companion and bonded with me.

Whether working for me personally, or as the "Chief Canine Officer" of American Dog Rescue raising funds for dozens of organizations like Humane Society of Utah, HSUS, Best Friends, SPCA of Dallas, CollinCounty Humane or Tri-County Humane Societies or dozens of other animal organizations, Bandit is a Hero.

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