2021’s Hero Dog is Boone, who became a therapy dog after losing his legs [Video]

boone 2021 hero dog of the year

  • After losing his hind legs to abuse, Boone found a loving forever family who fitted him with a wheelchair.
  • Now with improved mobility, his sweet and gentle nature paved his way to becoming a therapy dog.
  • He was honored by the American Humane as 2021’s Hero Dog of the year for his services.

Boone rose from a traumatic past to help ease the burdens of others as a therapy dog. His efforts earned him the “Hero Dog” of the year award, given at the annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards.

American Humane’s president and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert, stated, “The American Humane Hero Dog Awards were created to honor some of the world’s most extraordinary heroes, as well as celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people.

Out of over 400 canine competitors from all over the country, there remained 7 finalists from each category: Guide/Hearing Dogs, Military Dogs, Law Enforcement / Detection Dogs, Search & Rescue Dogs, Service Dogs, Shelter Dogs, and Therapy Dogs.

Over a million Americans voted. Boone, a four-year-old hound mix from Butler, Pennsylvania, won his category, and eventually the overall prize.

Boone suffered abuse when he was just a puppy, causing his two hind legs to be amputated. He was then fostered by a loving family who had a soft spot for special needs pets.

Photo Credit: American Humane Hero Dog Awards

His foster mom, Tanya Diable, said it only took two hours for them to decide to keep him.

After Boone was fitted with a wheelchair, his improved mobility also greatly improved his mood. He finally wagged his tail!

“The light bulb just clicked. He was amazing after that,” said Tanya.

Tanya said that Boone’s calm and sweet nature made him a perfect candidate for a therapy dog. He later earned the necessary certificate to spread good vibes. Now, he regularly goes to children’s hospitals and wherever his stress-relieving services may be needed.

Photo Credit: American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Joey’s P.A.W. (Prosthetics and Wheels) also trusted Boone to be their ambassador. The nonprofit has provided mobility devices to more than 700 dogs in need.

With Boone’s help, the misconceptions about disabled dogs are being cleared. Dogs with disabilities can live full, happy, and healthy lives — and definitely deserve a loving forever family.

Photo Credit: American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Ganzert stated, “These courageous canines have gone above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives on the battlefield, comforting the ill and aged, and reminding us of the powerful, age-old bond between animals and people.”

Source: Good News Network


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