American Kennel Club Seeks Service Dog Award Nominees

The country's bravest, boldest and best companion dogs are sought for the annual Award for Canine Excellence competition.

Policeman and German ShepherdDoes your dog always lift your spirits when you’re feeling blue? Know a dog that helps the sick feel better? Heard of a pooch that played a role in a dramatic rescue? If so, the American Kennel Club wants to hear from you.

The AKC is seeking nominees for its annual Award for Canine Excellence awards. ACE awards are a national honor, given to only five dogs each year that have performed an exemplary act or series of acts, whether large or small, that have significantly benefited a community or individual.

One award is given in each of the following categories: Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service, and Exemplary Companion Dog. Honorable mentions will be reserved for exceptional entries in each category.

Each of the five honorees receives a cash award of $1,000, an engraved sterling silver collar medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Long Beach, Calif., to be honored at the sixth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December.

Submissions for the American Kennel Club Awards for Canine Excellence for 2006 must include:

  • A non-returnable, original photograph of the dog.
  • A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
  • The dogs call name, registered name if applicable, breed, age and sex.
  • Owner/nominator name(s), address, phone number. E-mail address if available.

Anyone, including the dog owner or handler, may submit a nomination. To be considered, dogs must be AKC-registered or registrable.

Nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2006, and should be sent to: Ronald N. Rella: ACE Awards 2006, The American Kennel Club, 260 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY, 10016. For more information, visit the AKC website.

Posted: March 30, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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