And the winner is…Gabe! For the 2012 Hero Dog Award

November 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Sgt. 1st Class Duane Brown

Retired Army Military Working Dog received top honors at the 2012  American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards premiering on the Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m EST., November 8.  The Hero dog Awards were created by the American  Humane Association to celebrate the devoted relationship between dogs and  people. Military working dog Gabe, and his owner Sgt. 1st Class Charles Shuck,  instructor at the United States Army Drill Sergeant School, Fort Jackson, South  Carolina, were named the 2012 American Humane Assoc. Dog of the Year. Gabe  deployed to Iraq with the duty to find hidden weapons and explosives and help keep our Nation’s Soldiers safe. While deployed, Gabe completed over 210  combat missions, discovering 26 explosive and weapons caches. Gabe and Shuck also spent time visiting wounded troops in combat hospitals and Iraqi children in elementary schools during the deployment. Gabe retired from the Army in 2009 and was adopted by his handler, Shuck. Now, Gabe has taken on a new mission  bringing awareness to our communities about the plight of shelter dogs, and the importance of adopting these very special canines into a forever home. The AHA awarded Gabe and Shuck $10,000 for being named 2012 American Hero Dog. The Duo is donating the prize money to the United States War Dogs Assoc.

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