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Eukanuba Friends For Life Award 2016

The Eukanuba Friends For Life awards was presented at Crufts today, March 13; the closing day of the worlds largest dog show in Birmingham, UK.

Before the ceremony started, a member of the West Midlands Police Display Team came to the field as the announcer recognized the work police dogs and their handlers do, and remembered police dog Diesel who was killed in the 2015 Paris terrorist attack and subsequently awarded the Dickin medal for his brave acts at a time of conflict.

This is the twelfth year of the Friends for Life awards. Videos of the finalists were available on the Crufts website where viewers could watch and vote. The four finalists were:

Cohen and dog Azerly helping him cope with Autism
Louise and emotional support dog Teddy Bear
Rosie and dog Boo supporting her through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sophie and diabetic alert dog Scooby.

Managing Director of Eukanuba UK, Annaliese Reekie said: “They are all amazing dogs and that’s why the Eukenuba Friends For Life competition sis so important to us at Eukanuba. It really showcases how extraordinary dogs are and the important role they play in our lives; and in the case of these amazing four finalists, they truly have transformed their lives.”

Watch a summary of the finalist videos and the presentation ceremony below:

The four-day event has been live streaming on the Crufts YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialCrufts where clips of the entire event can be viewed as well.

Check out more hero dog stories by following @amazingdogstory

 

American Humane Association Pawscar Awards logo

And The Pawscar Award Goes To…

This year was the seventh annual Pawscar Awards from the American Humane Association. The award celebrates the top animal stars in film and television.

This year, hosts Pauley Perrette (CSI) and Lou Wegner (The Pledge, A Christmas Tree Miracle) presented awards in eight categories plus three more voted by the public. The list of categories and winners is below.

During the ceremony, from Perette’s house, she and Lou gave facts about the AHA and what was involved in the recording of iconic scenes from each movie. Did you know that in the rain scenes of The Hunger Games, Buttercup the cat, was covered in warm water. When the scenes were over, the cats were towel-dried and moved to a warming tent.

 

Best Family Dog Love the Coopers
Best Moving Performance The Hateful Eight
Best Hitchcockian Hound The Gift
Best Rodeo Romance The Longest Ride
Best Bribe Daddy’s Home
Best Repurring Cat Performance The Hunger Games Series
Best Ensemble Performance Cinderella
Best Hero Dog Max
Favorite Animal Buddy Movie of All Time Turner and Hooch
Favorite Animal Drama of All Time Seabiscuit
Favorite Animal Movie of All Time Old Yeller

For more than 75 years, American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program has acted as the only official film-industry sanctioned group ensuring the humane protection, safety and welfare of animal actors on the sets of movies, television shows, and commercial shoots. Each year the program oversees the protection of more than 100,000 animal actors on more than 1,000 sets in the U.S. and around the globe.

Check out the “No Animals Were Harmed” program detials and guidelines at: www.humanehollywood.org 

Article picture credit: screenshot AHA Youtube channel.

Winners of the CW Network “The World Dog Awards”

Celebrities and their famous canine companions honored man’s best friend at THE WORLD DOG AWARDS hosted by George Lopez.

The CW published a complete list of winners including these below. Be sure to visit their website for a complete recap of the show!

 

Full list of winners from THE WORLD DOG AWARDS:

  •  Dog of the Year: Gabe, therapy dog to wounded U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford
  •  Top Movie Dog: Carlos as “Max” (from the film “Max)
  •  Top TV Dog: Scruffy as “Whoopty Woo” (television series “Empire”)
  •  A-List Dog: Amanda Seyfried and Finn
  •  Pawpular: Manny The Frenchie (@manny_the_frenchie on Instagram)
  •  Supporting Actor to a Dog: Jason Schwartzman in the film “7 Chinese Brothers”
  •  Best Dressed: Doug The Pug
  •  Most Amazing Journey: Sissy
  •  Top Spot: “Mastery” / Chase (a commercial that featured a dog)
  •  Celebrity Dog Selfie: Joey Graceffa and Wolf
  •  Top Trick: Norman, the Bike Riding Dog
  •  Happiest Reunion: Calla and Wrigley and Army E-5 SGT Krista Coey
  •  Hot Dog: Dally, the Horserider
  •  Most Dog-Like Animal: Amy Trotter, the Pig
  •  My New Puppy: iJustine and Matt
  •  Pop Dog: “All of Me” (Charity) – John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Puddy and Pippa
  •  Performing Pups: Nathan
  •  Best Rescue: Joel Silverman and Duchess
  •  Top Video Game Dog: River as “Dogmeat” from “Fallout 4”

HONORARY CATEGORIES:

  •  Underdog: Khalessi
  •  The Dog’s Life Achievement: Toto (from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz”)
  •  Subaru Pet Hall of Fame: JJ
  •  Award of Loyalty: Saint and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Harbaugh

The awards are presented by IAMS brand and SUBARU.

Source: Winners of “The World Dog Awards”

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Calling all dogs! Nominations open today for the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards®

National campaign honoring courageous canines and their handlers back for sixth year;

Winners to be honored at red carpet awards gala broadcast in two-hour special on Hallmark Channel

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2016 – American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced the official start of the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards®, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation. The annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash. Beginning on January 27th at 3pm Eastern Time, dog owners across the country are invited to visit www.herodogawards.org and nominate their heroic hound in one of eight categories. The top dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at the September 10th star-studded, red-carpet awards gala hosted by Beth Stern and James Denton at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive. The sixth annual Hero Dog Awards will air nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall. 

The eight categories for 2016 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, sponsored by the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program™ from Zoetis; Military Dogs, sponsored by the RIMADYL K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis;  Therapy Dogs, sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul (who is also the official Pet Food Sponsor for the campaign); Service Dogs, sponsored by Modern Dog magazine; Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that pays tribute to ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, sponsored by Merial, maker of NexGard® (afoxalaner) Chewables;Arson Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Guide/Hearing Dogs. Following the nominations period, which ends on March 2nd, 24 semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of public voting. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to eight category finalists who will then vie for the title of 2016 American Hero Dog. 

Over the past five years, Americans have cast millions of votes for nearly a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Alison Sweeney, Bindi Irwin, Derek Hough, Michelle Beadle, Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Lisa Vanderpump, Burt Reynolds, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, John Ondrasik, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristen Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lori Loughlin, Lea Thompson, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more. 

Winners in each category will earn $2,500 for their designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000 prize. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of working dogs in our lives, and like American Humane Association, celebrates the importance of the human-animal bond.

“Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘American Hero Dog’ at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO. “Dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this contest is our way of saluting our best friends.”

“To me, all dogs are heroes, and we cannot do enough to honor their achievements,” said Mrs. Pope. “It has been my absolute honor to serve as the presenting sponsor for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards for five years, and I eagerly anticipate seeing this year’s extraordinary nominees.”

“For the past five years, Hero Dog Awards has been a focal point of Hallmark Channel’s on- and off- air advocacy initiative, Pet Project, and has shone a spotlight on some truly remarkable dogs,” said Bill Abbott, president & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “We are honored to once again partner with American Humane Association on this special program and look forward to recognizing this year’s eight finalists and their extraordinary stories of devotion, unconditional love, and bravery.” 

Key dates for the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards contest include:

  • January 27-March 2: Nominations period
  • March 16-April 27: Voting to determine 24 semifinalists
  • May 11-June 22: Voting to determine the 8 category finalists
  • July 6-August 24: Voting to determine 2016’s American Hero Dog
  • September 10: Sixth annual Hero Dog Awards event in Los Angeles

About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

About Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 90 million homes. The country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other original content, including scripted primetime series, such as Good Witch and When Calls the Heart; annual specials like Kitten Bowl and Hero Dog Awards and; a daily 2-hour lifestyle show, Home & Family. Additionally, in November 2014, Hallmark Channel became the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers such annual holiday programming events as Countdown to Christmas and Countdown to Valentine’s Day.Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Middle, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier

Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWN), owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

For more information, please visit www.crownmediapress.com

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Photo Credit: Hallmark Channel

Trump Event Donates To K9 Veteran Organizations

Despite what your political slant is, it is commendable when anyone donates to worthy veteran organizations. Three of the 22 veteran related groups slated to receive part of the $6 million raised during his counter-debate event at Drake University in Iowa are service animal related.

The first is K9s For Warriors. The group’s mission is dedicated to “providing service canines to warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.”

Second is Partners For Patriots. They obtain, train, and provide service dogs to disabled veterans. Of note, the group mentions they seek to obtain dogs from shelters and rescues when possible to help two lives. Serve dogs provide several vital methods of assistance to returning veterans including support through PTSD trauima, physical assistance opening doors and retrieving items; and to alert others in case of emergency.

From their site: “We rescue dogs from shelters and rescue groups whenever possible so we are changing two lives for the better. The dogs go through medical and temperament test to assure they are sound in body and mind. These dogs are put through training in many situations so they can accompany the Veteran anywhere they have to go whether it is to a doctors appointment or just out to eat with the family.”

Finally, Puppy Jake Foundation was named as a recipient. The Foundation Puppy Jake is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to help wounded military veterans with the assistance of well-bred and professionally trained service dogs. Veterans’ injuries may be invisible such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical mobility impairments. The Foundation advocates for increased awareness and accessibility for those accompanied by a service dog in everyday situations.

Puppy Jake has 32 dogs in various stages of training and has 10 scheduled to be matched with veterans in 2016.

Watch the video from CNN for more details on the Drake University event.

 

photo credit: K9sForWarriors.org

2016 Friends’ Hero Awards

This February 27h, the Friends of Animal Care & Control in Arizona will benefit from the 13th annual Hero Awards. This gala celebrates humans and animals alike for heroic action, stories of survival and companionship.

On the organization’s website you can see videos of the people and animals featured during the event.

The mission of Friends (of Animal Care & Control) is to provide free and accessible spay and neuter services in the community, which reduces the amount of stray and abandoned animals out of shelters. Since 2006, the site announces they have prevented 22,000 animals from having their lives lost in area shelters.

Last years event featured a red carpet entrance, cocktail hour, dinner with speeches and awards, and special guest Barry Switzer.

This years event is presented by PetSmart Charities.

Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport – Recap

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On February 21, 2014, Jill Rapport hosted a half-hour special focusing on the story of several dogs in a few shelters across the country; and the importance of giving rescue dogs all across the country a second chance. Along the way, Jill introduced the viewers to several long-time dog rescue advocates including Betty White, Lou Wegner, Bryant and Hilary Gumbel, Lindsey Vonn, Bernadette Peters, and Emmy Lou Harris.

Watch it any time on the NBC New York site: “Best In Show with Jill Rappaport”

“Best In Show with Jill Rappaport” was structured like an awards show, focusing specifically on three categories of rescue dogs with each category “judged” by a celebrity. Blue Buffalo was generous enough to donate a year’s worth of food to each category winner as well as a giant merchandise prize package. Subaru was the second sponsor mentioned. Subaru has been a long-time partner with the ASPCA and is involved in dozens of pet placement and awareness events every year across the country.

Betty White moderated the “Sizzlin’ Seniors” category; featuring entrants Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose. Quite often, dogs are brought to shelters or abandoned because they are old, aren’t as photogenic, or the perception is that they will experience mounting health problems. On the contrary, senior rescue dogs can be a great addition to less active homes. Typically, they don’t require a lot of walking or exercise, they leave the shelter in good health, and they still can have many great years of companionship. A lot of people want that ‘cute, new puppy’ look, but seniors are just as good looking and can easily integrate into many types of households. The winner in this category was Rose, determined by Lou Wegner.

The “Mutts and Tripods” segment was gust hosted by Bryant and Hilary Gumbel. They, along with Jill, visited Main Line Animal Rescue in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where they work to heal and rehabilitate animals that have lost, or come in with sever limb injuries. Dogs with three legs aren’t something we see every day, so most people are cautious about them – and their health and quality of life, but according to the experts at Main Line, these animals are resilient and have the same life expectancy as their four-legged counterparts. It is amazing to see how well equipped some rescues are across the country – Main Line has its own surgery room!

Mutts are another often overlooked category. Mutts bring a unique dynamic to any family. They are original, have lots of fun traits and quirks and truly are one-of-a-kind. The representative from Main Line said that mutts are often seem more appreciative when they are taken home.

The dogs in this category were Carmen, Walter, and Samuel. Bryant chose Samuel as the winner.

Lindsey Vonn shared that she chose her rescue dog because she was looking for a companion while she recovered from a knee surgery. As it turns out, the dog she connected with was a dog who had leg surgery as well and had six pins in one of his legs. It seems like they were destined to be together.

Jill showed us the ASPCA in New York, and their shelter downtown. There, we were introduced to a pair of pitbulls who were part of a fighting ring, but rescued by the police and turned over to the ASPCA. These dogs were running around, licking, chasing toys, and didn’t at all live up to the pitbull stereotype that most people have. People are afraid of “pitbulls” but quite often haven’t met one, and don’t realize that any dog, of any breed, can be dangerous if they are raised in the wrong environmental. Bernadette Peters was the guest for this segment and introduced the dogs in the “Pitts Putting On The Ritz” category. The dogs were Fiona, Onyx, and Patriot. The winner was Patriot.

Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore co-organize the annual Broadway Barks event, bringing dogs to Broadway once a year. They host events on the street where you can meet numerous adoptable dogs and cats, typically between shows on a Sunday, so you can meet Broadway stars, and maybe even see some animals i the theater before the show!

Here is a list of links to the shelters and guests of the show.

People:

Jill Rappaport – https://twitter.com/JillRappaport
Betty White – https://twitter.com/bettymwhite
Bryant Gumbel – https://twitter.com/BryantGumbel
Lou Wegner – https://twitter.com/LouWegner
Lindsey Vonn – https://twitter.com/lindseyvonn
Bernadette Peters – https://twitter.com/OfficialBPeters/
Emmy Lou Harris – https://twitter.com/EmmylouSongbird

Organizations:
Subaru

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Kids Against Animal Cruelty

Main Line Animal Rescue

Broadway Barks

Bonaparte’s Retreat

ASPCA