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Vote now for local four-legged hero competing to be top dog

Precious needs your votes for the 2018 American Human Hero Dog Awards. You can vote for her under the service dog category, and you can vote every day up until April 25. (Courtesy Photo) Precious needs your votes for the 2018 American Human Hero Dog Awards. You can vote for her under the service dog category, and you can vote every day up until April 25. (Courtesy Photo) Public voting is now open to choose finalists for 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

The national campaign will culminate in red carpet awards gala in Hollywood and two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall

Every dog has its day, and one four-legged local is hoping that day will come for them on Sept. 29 at the eighth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards in Beverly Hills.

Precious, a 5-yearold Alaskan malamute, from Cloverdale, will be competing against 265 other courageous canines for the nation’s highest honor recognizing mankind’s best friend. Voting by the American public to choose this year’s top American hero dog starts now at www.herodogawards.org.

Precious is a 5-yearold Alaskan malamute service dog (in training). She belongs to Cloverdale resident Floyd Boesch. Precious pulls a wheelchair, helps her owner from his chair or up off the floor. With her harness, her owner can use her as a ‘living’ cane. Precious also helps him keep his balance. Precious likes to ride on the back of his 1986 Honda Goldwing motorcycle as well.

Floyd Boesch and his 5-year-old service dog, Precious. (Courtesy Photo) Floyd Boesch and his 5-year-old service dog, Precious. (Courtesy Photo) “I don’t have the time or the money to schedule her actual service dog test,” Boesch said. “She is ready though. She is self-trained.”

Precious, is competing in the ‘service-dog’ category. She is sponsored by: Modern Dog Magazine.

Local dog lovers and those across the country are invited to visit www.herodogawards.org and vote once per day for their favorite dogs in each of seven categories.

Following the first round of voting, which ends April 25 with the selection of 21 semifinalists (the top three in each category), a second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to the seven category finalists. The winning dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at a red carpet, star-studded awards gala on Sept. 29, when this year’s American Hero Dog will be revealed.

Over the past seven years, Americans have cast millions of votes for more than a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Betty White, Alison Sweeney, James Denton, Beth Stern, Bindi Irwin, Derek Hough, Richard Marx, Katharine McPhee, Michelle Beadle, Victoria Stilwell, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Lisa Vanderpump, Burt Reynolds, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, John Ondrasik, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristen Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lori Loughlin, Lea Thompson, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.

Winners in each category will earn $2,500 for their designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000 prize. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of working dogs in our lives, and like American Humane, celebrates the importance of the human-animal bond.

“Our best friends do so much to improve and even save our lives, and every dog owner knows about the extraordinary, unbreakable bond they share with their dog,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane’s president and CEO. “The American Humane Hero Dog Awards are our way of celebrating the power of the human-animal bond, which has been a core part of our organization’s mission for 141 years.”

Key dates for the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:

• First Round Voting: Now until April 25, 2018

• Second Round Voting: May 16, 2018 – July 11, 2018

• Third Round Voting: July 25, 2018 – September 5, 2018

• American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala event in Los Angeles – Sept. 29, 2018

For more information about the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, and to vote daily in the contest, please visit www.herodogawards.org.

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org. To inquire about Hero Dog Awards sponsorship opportunities, please email Mari Harner at marih@americanhumane.org.

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