Some of the dogs are rescues — bringing awareness to important animal rights issues, some care for veterans, and other dogs are veterans themselves. Here are the eight winners, who made a visit to the U.S. Capitol in Washington last month.
1) Rambo, Military Dog of the Year.
Rambo conducted 622 searches while fighting in the Global War on Terrorism and had his front limb amputated as a result of an injury suffered during a training exercise.
2) Glory, Arson Dog of the Year.
Glory uses her keen sense of smell to investigate arson fires.
3) Chara, Guide/Hearing Dog of the Year.
Chara was originally used as a hearing aid dog for her owner but developed a new skill of being able to properly predict myoclonus-dystonic attacks before they occur.
4) Axel, Service Dog of the Year.
Axel, a german shepherd, helps his owner Marine Capt. Jason Haag recover from PTSD.
5) Glory, Search and Rescue Dog of the Year.
Unfortunately, Glory was not able to make the trip to Washington, but her owner came to showcase her dog's remarkable ability to track lost pets.
6) Hudson, Therapy Dog of the Year.
Hudson was brutally abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But he has since been rescued and brought back to health to make a tremendous recovery.
7) Dax, Law Enforcement Dog of the Year.
Dax is a police dog in Ashland, Maine, where he saved the life of police Sgt. Chris Alberini.
8) Harley, Emerging Hero Dog of the Year.
Harley, a chihuahua who was raised in an abusive puppy mill, lost his eye from a power washer used to clean his cage. He now brings awareness to the rampant animal abuses on puppy mills across the United States.