Awards show throws dogs more than a bone

Kristin Chenoweth hosts Hero Dog Awards at 7 p.m. Thursday on Hallmark Channel
By Jacqueline Cutler Published: November 7, 2012
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In addition to Gabe, who took the military dog category, Daniel of Nutley, N.J., won as emerging hero. A stray beagle, he miraculously survived a gas chamber in Alabama. He and his owner, Joe Dawyer, campaign against gassing animals.

Tabitha of South Bend, Ind., won in the guide dog category. Tabitha helped Ann Drake, who lost her sight as an adult, regain her confidence. She went on to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies.

The law enforcement dog winner is Jynx of Shillington, Pa. Jynx tried to pull his handler, Sgt. Kyle Pagerly, and another officer to safety when a criminal shot at them. Pagerly was killed, but had Jynx not reacted as he did, more police would have died that night.

Tatiana II of Plantation, Fla., won in the hearing dog category for alerting the family of her handler, Cristina Saint-Blancard, that the woman had stopped breathing. And Soot took the search and rescue category after the Charleston, W.Va., dog rescued a 78-year-old diabetic hunter who was lost in the wilderness.