The winners of the 2016 AKC Humane Fund Award of Canine Excellence (ACE) have been announced.
Each year, the AKC Humane Fund presents this prestigious award to five very special dogs who have made a significant impact on our society. The recipients are all dedicated, hard-working dogs who have demonstrated loyalty and devotion to their human companions and have contributed to the betterment of their community.
The award is comprised of five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog—with one award presented per category.
Recipients receive a number of acknowledgments including one year of pet insurance provided by PetPartners, Inc. They’re also awarded $1,000 to be donated to a pet-related charity of their choice and an engraved sterling silver medallion. Awards will be presented during the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida on December 17th and 18th. The recipients will also be honored at a special event and fundraiser on Friday evening where the Breeder of Year will also be crowned.
PetPartners President and CEO, Steve Popovich, expresses the company’s sentiment toward the award and the recipients. “PetPartners is happy to be a part in honoring these amazing animals. It’s the least we can do to recognize them for all the loyal service they’ve provided.”
Meet the 2016 ACE Award Winners and what they are being recognized for:
Uniformed Service K-9: “Radar,” a 4-year-old Bloodhound of Kiowa, Colorado
Finding missing persons and tracking down criminals and evidence for more than three dozen law-enforcement agencies.
Service Dog: “Teddie,” a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever of North East, Maryland
Functioning as a service dog for her owner, Krystal Greco, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Teddie is certified with Canine Partners for Life
Therapy Dog: “Jackie,” an 8-year-old Sussex Spaniel of San Francisco, California
Serving as a therapy dog in airport terminals helping to make air travel less stressful and more enjoyable for passengers.
Search and Rescue Dog: “Bodie,” an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois of Santee, California
Assisting both local and federal law-enforcement in three different distinctions of search and rescue averaging 20 searches per year.
Exemplary Companion Dog: “Haus,” a 2-year-old German Shepherd Dog of Tampa, Florida
Risking his life to protect his 7-year-old human housemate from a rattlesnake. Haus was indeed bitten and spent time in intensive care before making a full recovery.
To learn more about these amazing dogs and the AKC Humane Fund, you can visit www.akchumanefund.org/ace-awards/