Capitol Hill to Host a Unique Veterans Day Tribute Honoring War Heroes.... at Both Ends of the Leash

Nov 03, 2011, 12:36 ET from American Humane Association

Meet the Hero Dogs Who Worked in Iraq, at Pentagon on 9/11, and Saved Lives at the World Trade Center, along with Human Heroes, Legislators, Major Corporate Leaders, and Philanthropists involved in Nationwide "Hero Dog" Broadcast on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Humane Association will be hosting Capitol Hill's "Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash," a unique celebration of America's military heroes, celebrating veterans and the heroic dogs who serve our country with them, among them three winners of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by cesar® canine cuisine and broadcast nationwide by Hallmark Channel on Veterans Day, 11/11 at 8 pm ET/PT.  Segments of the national TV broadcast, which features Betty White, Carson Kressley, Mickey Rooney, Peter Fonda, Michelle Forbes, Pauley Perrette, and Susan Orlean – author of RIN TIN TIN, the first American war dog hero, legend, and "national spokesdog" for American Humane Association – will be premiered for the VIP crowd.



WMD Bino C152, the winner of the Military Dog category who served in Iraq and now helps comfort soldiers with PTSD. Accompanied by Debbie Kandoll, who trains dogs for PTSD work.




Sage, the winner of the Search and Rescue category who served in Iraq and at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terror attacks. Accompanied by trainer and K9 Officer Diane Whetsel.




Michael Hingson, the blind man and new best-selling author of "Thunder Dog," whose guide dog Roselle led him down 78 flights of stairs in the burning World Trade Center. Roselle was voted the top American Hero Dog in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards




Legislators and top executives from MARS Corporation, Hallmark Channel and American Humane Association, the nation's 134-year-old voice for children and animals   




November 7 at 12:30 pm




Veterans' Affairs Committee, 334 Cannon HOB, U.S. House of Representatives




For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us, and given us their unconditional love. In wartime, dogs have long played a vital role in keeping America safe, serving as sentries and couriers, sniffing out IEDS and saving thousands of veterans from death or grievous harm, and even playing a part in the capture of Osama Bin Laden. It is time to honor them, along with their human counterparts, for the service they have rendered to their country.

SOURCE American Humane Association