This Friday, Hallmark Channel is going to the dogs once again as the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards return for their sixth annual ceremony which looks to honor some of the bravest and courageous dogs! Animal activist Beth Stern and Good Witch star James Denton return to host the moving ceremony of these incredible four-legged heroes who protect, serve and enrich lives day after day.
Every year, a cross-country search is held in hopes of discovering extraordinary dogs who have gone above their calling in order to help forever alter the lives of those lucky enough to be around them. As in past years, nominees were broken down into eight key categories which include: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs
For weeks, America voted for their favorite courageous canines among of pool of 172 nominees in order to determine the eight honorees that will compete for the title of top American Hero Dog at this year’s event. The 2016 honorees include: Arson K9 Judge (Arson Dogs winner) who has helped work more than 275 case; French Mastiff Hooch (Emerging Hero Dogs winner) who works to help autistic, abused and special needs children; 10-year old Hook (Guide/Hearing Dogs winner) who has saved the life of his handler on numerous occasions; K-9 Edo (Law Enforcement winner) who has helped bring numerous criminals to justice in the field; service dog Layka (Military Dogs winner) who was injured in the field during a search and rescue operation went bad; certified search and rescue dog Kobuk (Search and Rescue Dogs winner); PTSD, veteran suicide, service dogs and invisible disabilities advocate Gander (Service Dogs winner); and 4-year old paralyzed rescue dog turned therapy dog Mango (Therapy Dogs winner) who has helped countless veterans overcome their physical disabilities.
And what would an awards show be without a few celebrity appearances and a performance from an incredibly talented performer? This year, several incredible guests will drop by to serve as presenters including Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), Kym Johnson (Dancing with the Stars), Bailee Madison (Good Witch), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), and Alison Sweeney (Hallmark’s Murder She Bakedfranchise) while Scorpion star Katherine McPhee is set to take the stage for a special musical performance.
Make sure to check out the Sixth Annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Friday, October 28 at 8/7c on Hallmark Channel