Hero Dog Awards

Hallmark Channel will present the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The program, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine, will also be broadcast for U.S. troops worldwide through Armed Forces Network after its debut on Hallmark.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning Carson Kressley on Oct. 1, the Hero Dog Awards pay tribute to eight dogs and their handlers — each partnership a testament to the age-old bond between dogs and people.

After a nationwide online search that elicited about 400,000 votes, each dog was selected among hundreds of nominees from all 50 states in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that highlights ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. At the end of the evening, one dog was named the overall “American Hero Dog.”

Celebrity judges and presenters on hand for the festivities included Betty White, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Jason Lewis, Candy Spelling, Victoria Stillwell and Joey Lawrence.

You can find more about each of the eight dogs and their stories at the Hero Dog Awards website.