- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2005


Five dogs on Monday received Awards for Canine Excellence, recognizing “loyal, hard working dogs that have made significant contributions to their community.”

The American Kennel Club announced the winners of the sixth annual ACE awards in five categories:

Law enforcement: Reno, a police German shepherd from Des Moines, Iowa, “fearlessly defended two officers, almost losing his own life,” in a confrontation with an armed suspect in October. Reno suffered six gunshot wounds but returned to service Feb. 6.

Search and rescue: Gibson, an 8-year-old bloodhound from Cazenovia, N.Y., returned to service after recovering from surgery after arthritis.

Therapy: Noodle the Poodle is a favorite of special-education students in Durham, Conn.

Service: Faith, a Rottweiler from Richland, Wash., saved her owner’s life by calling 911 and barking into the phone after Leana Beasley suffered a seizure.

• Exemplary companion: After 9-year-old Ethan Miller of Conyers, Ga., suffered a seizure, his dog Raiah alerted Ethan’s family.



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