Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Finalists for Fourth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards Announced

The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce the Top 10 Finalists in the fourth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards. The awards honor dogs who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need.

Online voting for the People’s Hero award will open Friday (March 4)  at and will run through Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. EDT. One lucky People’s Hero voter will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift certificate for The HSUS’ online store, Humane Domain.

The Valor Dog of the Year will be chosen by a panel of celebrities, including Charlotte Ross who has played a tough cop on NYPD Blue and shown her lighter side in Glee; Chris Riggi, who is best known for his roles on Gossip Girl and his version of Twilight’s werewolf Jacob in Fox’s parody, Vampires Suck; and Jon Prescott, who will be starring in the upcoming film The One and will also appear in Maladies.  Both films are scheduled for release in 2011.

All winners will be announced March 14.

The finalists are:

Ceili (Portland, Ore.) – Stalled her owner as he tried to go upstairs to bed by nipping at his shorts and pulling off his shoe, preventing him from being alone when he had a massive heart attack.
Coco (Summerfield, Fla.) – Barked and clawed at his owner to alert him that the tractor-trailer in which they were sleeping was being consumed by flames.
Diamond (Hayward, Calif.) – Barked and alerted her owner when his second floor apartment was on fire, giving him just enough time to escape the flames and save his two daughters.
Effie (Pine City, Minn.) – Strained on her leash and pulled her owner 50 yards to a 94-year-old man who was unconscious and bleeding in his driveway.
Emmett (Boise, Idaho) – Drew attention by running around and barking right before his owner was about to snowmobile over a live wire than had fallen during a snow storm.
Gangsta (Selden, N.Y.) – Barked hysterically to get her family’s attention when their daughter suffered a violent seizure in the shower and collapsed unconscious in a tub of scalding water. 
Sarge (Forsyth, Ill.) – Woke his owner by barking and then led him to his daughter’s room where there was an intruder lurking inside.
Sirus (Conneaut, Ohio) – Was shot after he aggressively barked until he was let outside, giving his owners time to hide their baby and grab a gun before intruders kicked their way into the home.
Wyatt Earp (Royal Oak, Mich.) – Alerted neighbors by barking incessantly when his 72-year-old owner collapsed and lost consciousness from dangerously low blood sugar during a winter evening walk.
Yogi (Austin, Texas) – Ran around and barked furiously until he got help for his owner who hit a bump and flipped over the handles of his mountain bike, paralyzing him from the chest down.

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