As the AHA put it so well at the Hero Dog Awards Gala, October 5, 2013 in Hollywood, ‘Behind every hero dog is a large group of dedicated VIP supporters and volunteers who embody the spirit of being humane, generously giving their talents, time, and abundance” that others — such as ourselves — might live as well or live more fully. How your words and this experience speak to me now!
What an eye opener and spirit lifter the Third Annual Hero Dog Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton in LA has been for us: For finalist Lola, my hearing service dog, her daily commitment to me was recognized and saluted in extraordinary fashion. From being rescued from a shelter to being my rescuer, her compassionate unsung loyalty and response to my needs embody the purpose for which AHA stands: “to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both.”
Indeed our interdependence gives Lola and me a greater sense of independence than either of us would have achieved alone.
Heartfelt thanks to all who contributed in so many ways to the AHA Hero Dog Awards in which we have been so celebrated. While my deafness tends to diminish the quality of my life, your work has lifted my spirits to a higher plane. It causes me to appreciate my Lola even more and reminds me that we are not alone.
Although Lola and I are already Goodwill Ambassadors for Dogs for the Deaf, count us in as some of the newest good will ambassadors for the American Humane Association as well.
With great respect,
Charlene MacKenzie and Lola