There will be some canine heroes honoured this Veterans’ Day in Washington for their help, both in America and overseas, during September 11th.
Dogs will be visiting the House Veterans Affairs Committee for their help with September 11th and will be receiving the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards for their help and bravery in the Pentagon, Iraq and also at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The awards will be televised and will be set to air on the Hallmark Channel.
One of the lucky recipients will include Roselle, who is a seeing-eye dog, that calmly led its handler, Michael Hingson, down the 78 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 as it was burning.
Another of the prize winners will be a dog that served over in Iraq and now assists with helping to comfort those soldiers who are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder after the events of, and those following, September 11th.
After weeks of the American people voting for who they think is the most deserving dog, the names of the top dogs will be revealed in all of the following categories; Military Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Guide Dogs, Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs and Emerging Hero Dogs to honour “ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things.”
“Hero Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association.
“I’m proud to know that so many of our nation’s governors recognize the important work thousands of dogs in each state do every day to keep millions of Americans safe, healthy and happy”.