The AKC Humane Fund recently announced the winners of its 17th annual Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).
ACE awards recognize dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities. Awards are issued in the following categories:
- Uniformed Service K-9
- Search and Rescue
- Exemplary Companion Dog
This year’s winners include Radar, a bloodhound from the FBI’s K-9 unit, Teddie, a Labrador Retriever who helped a teenager with paralysis, Jackie, a Sussex Spaniel working as an airport comfort dog, Bodie, a Belgian Malinois with a substantial search and rescue record, and Haus, a brave German Shepherd who defended his 7 year-old human companion from a rattlesnake.
“The heartwarming stories of the five ACE award winners exemplify the loyalty, commitment and companionship dogs give us. Whether providing comfort or saving lives, each of these dogs has in some way improved the lives of others and the impact they have made on their community is truly inspiring.”
– Gina DiNardo, Spokesperson, AKC
Recipients of the ACE award receive a one-year pet insurance policy from Pet Partners, $1,000 to be awarded to a pet charity, and an engraved silver medallion. The winners will be recognized during the AKC National Championship in December.