Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash

On November 7th, Capitol Hill’s “Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash” celebrated America’s military heroes. Not only did the event celebrate veterans, but also the heroic dogs who serve our country with them!

“We all know about the bravery and sacrifices of our great men and women in uniform,” said Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association. “We’re here to honor them, and the dogs who serve beside them. Military dogs in service today take many of the same risks as their companions in arms, and put their lives on the line every day. They sniff out bombs that would harm our troops; they comfort soldiers on the battlefield and veterans back home; they search for the wounded after an attack; and sometimes, they have the grim task of finding the fallen, bringing closure to families and friends in the most trying of times,” she said. “America’s military working dogs serve without question, without hesitation, and with great distinction.”

Among the dogs being celebrated are three winners of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by cesar® canine cuisine and broadcast nationwide by Hallmark Channel on Veterans Day, 11/11 at 8 pm ET/PT.

Hero Dogs and their heroic handlers who attended the event included:

WMD Bino C152, the winner of the Military Dog category who served in Iraq and now helps comfort soldiers with PTSD. Accompanied by Debbie Kandoll, who trains dogs for PTSD work.

Sage, the winner of the Search and Rescue category who served in Iraq and at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terror attacks. Accompanied by trainer and K9 Officer Diane Whetsel.

Michael Hingson, the blind man and new best-selling author of “Thunder Dog,” whose guide dog Roselle led him down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade Center. Roselle was voted the top American Hero Dog in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

About the Hero Dog Awards
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ presented by cesar canine cuisine® celebrates the powerful relationship between dogs and people. Eight extraordinary canine finalists, selected in a nationwide online search, were honored at this red-carpet star-studded award gala for their remarkable devotion, bravery and companionship. The annual event is a unique celebration of our four-legged heroes and the many ways they enrich and save our lives every day. The award show airs on Hallmark Channel on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific; 7 p.m. Central.

Be sure to tune in, as it is going to be an amazing program. Thank you to all the veterans who have served, and who are serving now, and thank you to the hero dogs as well!

*Photos and information provided by Fifth Estate.*

One comment

  1. Mike Bowen says:

    What a great piece!! My son was a hero killed in Afghanistan in 2008. I guess I had never really thought about man’s best friend being a hero also. I would love to include your article in my blog on I am also looking for interesting food for thought!! Nice job!

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