Pictured above: 2018 Recipiants iof AKC ACE Awards Clockwise from top left:
(Top Left) Exemplary Companion Dog: “Teddy,” a Standard Poodle owned by Terri and Spencer Pardee of Harbor Springs, MI
(Top Center) Service Dog: “Sampson,” a Golden Retriever owned by Joey Ramp of Foosland, Illinois"
(Right) Uniformed Service K-9: “Copper,” a Black and Tan Coonhound handled by Officer Christopher Hattaway of Cocoa, Florida
(Bottom center) Search and Rescue Dog: “Inspector Gadget,” a Bloodhound owned and handled by Robert Wells of Lancaster, California
(Bottom Left) Therapy Dog: “Kol,” a Golden Retriever owned by Jane Eisenberg of Boynton Beach, Florida
“There is no shortage of incredible dogs who have touched the lives of individuals or communities,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “These canine heroes make our world a better place and we’re proud to honor five of them each year with the ACE awards.”
One award is given in each of the following five categories:
Uniformed Service K-9
Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.
Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification that have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way and have made a meaningful contribution to their owners or communities.
Search and Rescue
Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.
Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.
Eligibility: Service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners, including, but not limited to, guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.
**(Note: Nominees doing therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.)
Honorees will receive an engraved sterling-silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Florida, to be honored at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in December. A donation of $1,000 will also be made in each recipient’s name to the pet-related charity of their choice.
Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form.
Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2019 must include:
A digital photograph of the dog. Files must be larger than1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
Owner’s/Nominator's name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.
For more information about the ACE awards or to nominate a dog, visit the AKC Humane Fund Awards For Canine Excellence (ACE) page.
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