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AKC ACE Awards

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope temps are cool where you are.  We had a terrible tragedy in the dog world a few days ago where someone unfortunately left several dogs in their van overnight in a garage.  I’m sure the person thought that they had taken precautions to keep the dogs cool but, very sadly, all but one of the dogs died from heat stroke by the next morning.  I won’t spend time talking about the person.  I just want to say that heat stroke can happen very quickly — much more quickly than most of us realize.  Even if you use air conditioning in your vehicle, your dogs can become overheated if the AC fails.  Accidents can always happen.  Even with the windows down in a vehicle, air may not circulate.  Temperatures can quickly heat up to dangerous levels.  Please take care with your dogs and don’t leave them in your vehicle this time of year, even at night.  Remember that heatstroke from being in an enclosed vehicle is 100 percent preventable.  It’s up to you, so don’t put your dog in that position.

lg_annie_companionIn a little happier news today, the AKC is looking for canine heroes.  Each year the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)  chooses dogs from all different walks of life to honor for some exemplary act:

Awards for Canine Exellence

The AKC Humane Fund honors the human-canine bond and wishes to express appreciation for the time-honored way in which dogs contribute meaningfully to our lives in so many ways. To this end, we created the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).

To be recognized, the dog must be AKC-registered or an AKC recognized breed and have performed an exemplary act, large or small, that has significantly benefited a community or individual.

Awards are given in five categories:

Law Enforcement

Search and Rescue



Exemplary Companion Dog

The honorees will receive:

A cash reward of $1000

An engraved sterling-silver collar medallion, presented at the AKC/Eukanuba national Championship

Their names engraved on a plaque on permanent display at the American Kennel Club Library in New York City

Click here for nomination forms.

Anyone can nominate a dog. The owner of the dog is permitted to submit the nomination for his/her own dog. All submissions for The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for the year 2009 must include the following:

A non-returnable, clear, color photograph of the dog – no scans please.

A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.

Dog’s call name, registered name if applicable, breed, age and sex.

Owner’s/Nominator’s name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.

Send nominations to:

Ronald N. Rella – ACE Awards 2009

The AKC Humane Fund

260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10016

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2009.

Maybe someone reading here on GreytInspirations will apply and we’ll have an ACE Award winner!

Here are a couple of the 2008 ACE Award winners:

American Kennel Club Awards for Canine Excellence 2008 Recipients

Exemplary Companion

Annie, a Doberman Pinscher

owned by Donna Rock of Lacombe, Louisiana

Annie is an 8-year-old Doberman Pinscher, who has comforted her owner Donna Rock through loss, given her hope, and provides the assistance necessary to help her achieve her goals. Born without arms, Donna originally purchased Annie to be her companion and to train for obedience competition. The two developed such an exceptional bond that Annie became Donna’s service dog, assisting her with everyday activities. Together, they have excelled at the higher levels of obedience competition, where verbal commands are not allowed and the dog must respond to signals. The duo has earned numerous Obedience and Agility titles, including the prestigious Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) and the crown jewel in Agility, the Master Agility Championship (MACH). Their teamwork, skill and performance inspire those at ringside to understand the true purpose of the competition.

In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit, Donna lost her home, belongings, and even her place of work. Donna, who is employed by the USDA, was temporarily reassigned to work in Washington, DC. Through it all, Annie was there for her owner, helping her in the subways, on escalators and navigating through large crowds of people. Annie has loyally remained at Donna’s side, giving not just physical, but emotional support as well. Their amazing bond is the key to their success, not just in Obedience and Agility competition, but also in their day-to-day challenges.

Law Enforcement

lg_lex_lawLex, a German Shepherd Dog

owned by Jerome and Rachel Lee of Quitman, Mississippi

Lex, a 7-year-old German Shepherd Dog, is a retired military dog who served in Iraq with young Marine Corporal Dustin Jerome Lee. Cpl. Lee was a renowned dog handler due to his extraordinary ability to work an explosives detection dog and narcotics detection dog simultaneously. Under the skilled guidance of Cpl. Lee, Lex dutifully searched for roadside bombs to keep the roads safe and open for American troops in Iraq. Tragically, Cpl. Lee was killed in a mortar attack in Falluja in early 2007. As he lay bleeding, Lex, although injured himself, was at his partner’s side to comfort him. Their bond was so strong, the loyalty so deep, that medics had to drag Lex away so they could attend to Cpl. Lee. He succumbed a short time later and Lex was reassigned to the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia.

Cpl. Lee’s parents, Jerome and Rachel, who knew about the special relationship that existed between their son and Lex, petitioned to adopt the dog. North Carolina Congressman, Walter Jones, heard about the Lee’s request, and led a successful campaign to retire Lex, so that he could finally have a home with the Lees.

Since his retirement, Lex has been awarded a Commemorative Purple Heart. His desire to serve continues. The Lee’s bring Lex to VA hospitals and retirement homes to offer solace to the veterans who have so honorably served their country.


June 26, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , ,

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