Great news this weekend! Our hero, Specialized Search Dog Gabe, was awarded the title of Hero Dog by the American Humane Association ! This is the first time a military dog has been recognized for this prestigious award.
Congratulations Gabe! Also, a huge congratulations to Gabe’s dad, Chuck Shuck. Chuck has worked tirelessly over the past eight months or so campaigning for Gabe. Chuck committed himself to this exhausting campaign in order to bring recognition to all military dogs. Gabe won $15,000 which will be donated to the United States War Dog Association.
The association sends care packages and assistance to dog teams deployed.
During the first stage in the competition Gabe went head to head with other military dogs. Thankfully Gabe emerged victorious.Then he faced the daunting task of facing off with the winners of seven other categories such as police and therapy dogs.
Gabe had this to say about his victory, “We are speechless right now. We are so honored and humbled. Our charity just won $15,000 and that is so amazing. Thank you GABE NATION and you better believe that was the last thing we said on stage!!!”
All the competitors are heroes in their own right. I salute them all!
Daniel: Emerging Heroes
Holy: Service Dog
Jynx: Law Enforcement Dog
Soot: Search and Rescue Dog
Stella: Therapy Dog
Tabitha: Guide Dog
Tatiana: Hearing Dog
“Last night Gabe won the 2012 American hero dog award and we are so amazed. All 8 finalist were so amazing. We got to honor all fallen MWD’s and handlers on a national stage so it was so worth it,” Sergeant First Class Chuck Shuck.
I’ve written a few posts about Gabe starting way back in March. Hopefully when things settle down I can learn more about Gabe’s adventures and write about them for you!
Once again, congratulation to Gabe, Chuck and all of Gabe Nation. This honor bestowed on Gabe wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Gabe Nation. A win for Gabe is a win for you all. Thank you all for voting and supporting Gabe.
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