WASHINGTON, D.C.–Maine Gov. Paul LePage joined 28 other U.S. governors at the behest of the American Humane Association in proclaiming Oct. 1 AHA Hero Dog Day in their respective states. ‚ÄúHero Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds,‚ÄĚ says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of AHA. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud to know that so many of our nation‚Äôs governors recognize the important work thousands of dogs in each state do every day to keep millions of Americans safe, healthy and happy. Though we can never lose sight of this heroism that comes on four legs, October 1 was a day to go to the dogs, literally.‚ÄĚ The AHA Hero Dog Awards effort involved a nationwide, 6-month nomination process including hundreds of dogs from all 50 states and some 400,000 votes by the public culminating in the selection of eight extraordinary canine finalists in the categories of Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things). On Saturday, Oct. 1, those nominees participated in a Hero Dog for 2011 gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and one top American Hero Dog for 2011 was announced: Roselle, the guide dog who led her blind master safely down 78 flights of stairs following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The AHA Hero Dog Awards were produced by Emmy Award-winning MRB Productions and will be broadcast, nationwide, by Hallmark Channel on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011. The public can read all the stories at www.herodogawards.org.
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