In 2011, Canine Companions for Independence Service Dog Zurich won the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award in the Service Dog category. It was a fun, celebrity-filled event that Zurich, his partner Patti and her husband Dion enjoyed tremendously.

Well now its your turn, with nominations being accepted for the 2012 Hero Dog Awards now until March 26. It’s simple to enter – you need a great photo and a 250 word description why your assistance dog is a hero.

Here are a few pointers from Team Patti and Zurich:

“I strongly encourage EVERYONE to consider participating in the Hero Dog Awards.  I cannot say enough how absolutely incredible the experience has been. More importantly it gives all of us a chance to share our stories, telling the world the underlying needs of our four-legged heroes.  Just tell your story from your heart and you will be surprised the following you can create.  When its time to vote on your nomination, be creative when reaching out to our friends and family. Send those reminders to keep voting. We sent along a continuing story that started from our beginning. It helped us reflect that there wasn’t just one story, but it has been a journey of many stories. It kept people engaged. Even if you are not savvy with doing e-mails, Facebook, or Twitter, reach out and find that help. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Some things to consider:

  • Consider sending you Nomination story to local papers, Churches, Pet Food Stores, Vets, Groomers.
  • Simple Business cards with your nominees Picture and the voting site.  Stationary stores carry a card stock to print your own cards / Avery has free web software to help
  • Create a team of people, (your trusted advocates), to help you and your story. Seek opinions of others. Think Big!!
  • Write your story from your heart !!!
  • Practice taking pictures.. ( it took quite a few before we accidentally caught the right shot …)
  • Have fun with it  !!!   and be proud !!!
  • And remember you are already a winner;  you have the best trained companion in world that loves you… and an organization like Canine Companions who stands behind all of us!!”

GOOD LUCK !!!   Team Patti & Zurich


Enter today and choose Canine Companions as your charity partner!

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