At the second annual “Hero Dog Awards” ceremony awards ceremony in Beverly Hills last Saturday night, eight of America’s most courageous canines were honored by the American Humane Association. These dogs have transformed people’s lives with their unconditional love, devotion, and intuition. They all took center stage at this wonderful event, following their walk down the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton.
Austin Weishel (right), a volunteer firefighter from Loveland, CO, is the creator of a 17 foot high, 450 pound bronze statue of a firefighter with his arson dog. The artwork, called “Ashes to Answers”, is on permanent display at Fire Station #3 in downtown Washington, DC, and honors the teamwork between firefighters and their canine companions in solving arson crimes.
The " Ashes to Answers" sculpture was commissioned by Jerry Means, an arson investigation agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. His dog, Sadie, received national attention last year as the winner of the 2011 American Human Association “Hero Dog Awards” and was the model for the sculpture.
Edie McClurg has performed in countless films and TV shows, most notably "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", and "7th Heaven". She also worked with Paul Reubens in his original stage production of "The Pee Wee Herman Show".
Kristin Chenowith, host of the “Hero Dog Awards”, arrived on the red carpet carrying her Maltese, Maddie. Ms. Chenoweth played the original “Glinda”, the good witch, in Broadway’s “Wicked”. She’s also been on many TV shows, including two seasons on “The West Wing”, “Pushing Daisies”, “The Good Wife”, and in the Emmy-nominated role of April Rhodes on “Glee”.
Sparky and "Team NFPA" catch Betty White's attention at the end of the red carpet.We wanted to say "hi", remind her about Fire Prevention Week, and our dog's efforts to bring fire safety messages to schools across North America. Will she stop and say hello?