Vote for "Ferdie" Kirkland Search & Rescue Dog Nominated for Hero Dog Award

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ are an annual, national competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply providing the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day. This year, a Kirkland dog by the name of Ferdinand (better known as Ferdie) is competing for the 2015 "Hero Dog Award". Ferdie has logged over 500 volunteer hours in 2014, including work during the Oso HW530 landslide.

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Ferdinand is a trusted member of Snohomish Volunteer Search & Rescue. We call him Ferdie for short. He has been a Search & Rescue Dog since he was 1 year old, he is now 10 1/2 years old. He goes with his handler/owner on multiple SAR missions per year. Those are both in the Urban and Wilderness Environment. Ferdie has had multiple live-saving finds including two kids in Lynnwood WA. The attached photo is from him on a search on Mount Rainier. In 2014 alone, Ferdie deployed on 24 missions including multiple days at the HW530 Landslide in Washington State. For 2014, he accumulated over 500 hours in Seach & Rescue.

Dogs compete in eight categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement Dogs, Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide and Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs who do extraordinary things). The Hero Dog Awards celebrate the powerful, age-old bond between dogs and people – and give recognition to courageous acts of heroism performed by our four-legged best friends.

After more than one and a half million votes by the American public nationwide, winners in each category are flown to Hollywood with their human friends to attend the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ gala in Los Angeles. There they walk the red carpet, are recognized in video tributes, receive their Hero Dog category award statue and are in the running to become the year's top American Hero Dog!

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. 

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