Last week the American Humane Association held its annual Hero Dog Awards at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles to honor and acknowledge this year’s outstanding canine heroes. The awards are given out each year to dogs that have gone above and beyond the call of duty and to those who truly exemplify the bond between humans and dogs.
Awards were given to eight finalists and one dog was then chosen for the top honor as the American Hero Dog of 2011.
The award went to Roselle, a yellow Labrador Retriever, who courageously led her blind guardian Michael Hingson down 78 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Roselle and the incredible bond that exists between Hingson and his guide dog is also the topic of Hingson’s new book “Thunder Dog” (which we will be reviewing soon!).
Sadly, Roselle passed away in June and the honor was given to her posthumously.
Other dogs honored included Ricochet, who won the award for “Emerging Hero Dogs.” Ricochet is a surf dog who spends time surfing with special needs patients. The pup has helped raise over $125,000 for charitable efforts.
Be sure to tune in for this must-watch ceremony that will be aired on the Hallmark Channel on November 11.