The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ were created in 2010 to celebrate
the remarkable bond between dogs and people. This annual national competition searches out and recognizes America's Hero Dogs in eight categories of service, including the guide dog category.
Each week the top dogs in each category are posted and two Seeing Eye dogs, Charlie, the German shepherd, and Jingles, the black Labrador and golden retriever cross, have been taking the top two spots! As this issue of On the Move goes to press, Jingles is currently in the top spot with Charlie close behind in second.
A few weeks ago, Charlie was in the lead with Jingles on his tail. It’s thrilling to see two Seeing Eye dogs battling it out for Guide Dog of the Year among so many noteworthy competitors representing guide dog schools around the country, but we still have a long way to go!
The Seeing Eye is asking your help keeping Charlie and Jingles at the top! You can vote for one dog every day between now and July 30. The winner of the guide dog category will be invited to a televised red carpet ceremony to receive the award and will be able to run for Hero Dog of the Year, which is selected from the winners of each of the eight categories.If Charlie or Jingles win, The Seeing Eye would receive a donation from the American Humane Association.
Charlie & Jesse Acosta
"Shrapnel ripped through my face while serving in Iraq in 2006, permanently blinding me. But 1 1/2 years later I regained my freedom through a German shepherd: Charlie Boy, my American Hero Dog..."
Jingles & Karen Young
"Jingles is joy unbounded, full of exuberance, works hard, plays hard. She is the silliest of clowns, no one is a stranger, she's loved by all who meet her. Yet she shows such pride prancing along in her harness, focused on guiding me safely in every situation..."