Service Dog Hero of the Year Award Winners
Each year, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs invites our Recipients to enter their dog in our Service Dog Hero of the Year Awards. This award recognizes a Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog who goes above and beyond the call of their training, and shows extraordinary efforts to avoid a tragedy. Although there are many incredible entries, winners are chosen by a panel of experts at Guardian Angels, who determine that the dog clearly used thinking skills above their extensive training.
2020 Guardian Angels Victor (2018 – still working)
Victor saved the life of his Recipient, Don when Don suddenly suffered a heart attack. He writes:
“Recently, I experienced a severe heart attack. The night before, Victor began to pay very close attention to me. He clearly knew something was wrong with me, but I had no idea what he was trying to alert me to. My wife Sharon & my boys even commented on Victor‘s behavior. The next morning, it hit. Victor was at my side & stayed with me while I was laying on the floor. He helped me to get up off the floor and get upstairs to seek the assistance of my wife. She’s a nurse, and knew immediately that I was having a heart attack. We went to the ER where the Dr’s immediately began working on me. I am lucky to have Victor. I love him and he clearly is a very special dog..”
2019 Guardian Angels Juice (2018 – still working)
Juice saved the life of a suicidal stranger by insistently bringing his recipient to a young man, who was hiding razor blades he’d put in his pockets to take his life. A former police officer, Ken knew this young man was in trouble. Juice spent several minutes licking the teenager and letting him pet her. As he began petting Juice, he revealed he had concealed the razor blades, and eventually handed them to Ken. The next day, Ken received a call telling him that the young man told the crisis center “had it not been for Juice, I would have killed myself yesterday”.
Today, the young man is recovering, and getting the help he needs.
2018 Guardian Angels Major (2014 – 2020)
2017 Guardian Angels Ranger (2011- still working)