Capitol Hill and the American Humane Association hosted a "Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash" on Monday, November 7.
"For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us, and given us their unconditional love," said the American Humane Association. "In wartime dogs have long played a vital role in keeping America safe, serving as sentries and couriers, sniffing out IEDS and saving thousands of veterans from death or grievous harm, and even playing a part in the capture of Osama Bin Laden. It is time to honor them, along with their human counterparts, for the service they have rendered to their country."
Held at the U.S. House of Representatives, attendees included three winners from the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Segments of this award show – featuring celebrities such as Betty White, Carson Kressly, Mickey Rooney, Peter Fonda, Michelle Forbes, Pauley Perrette, and Susan Orlean – were screened for the audience at the November 7 tribute.
The guests of honor at this tribute included canines WMD Bino C152 and Sage, as well as Michael Hingson, and legislators and top executives from MARS Corporation, Hallmark Channel and American Humane Association.
WMD Bino C152 was the winner of the Military Dog category during the Hero Dog Awards. He served in Iraq and now helps to comfort soldiers with PTSD.
Sage was the winner of the Search and Rescue category. Sage served in Iraq and at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Michael Hingson attended on behalf of his deceased guide dog, Roselle. She led him down 78 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks and was posthumously honored with the Top American Hero Dog award.
Tune in on Veterans Day, November 11, for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards which will be broadcast at 8 pm on the Hallmark Channel.