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By Brie Strohmeyer

Special Correspondent

Mix well-dressed celebrities, a little dog hair and some heart-warming tales of mans best friend and you have the American Humane Association’s second annual Hero Dog Awards presented by the Hallmark Channel.

A slightly different breed of Hollywood award shows, the Hero Dog Awards recognize dogs for their loyalty, bravery and enrichment of our lives. This year’s distinguished pack of honorees includes canines in the areas of service, military, therapy, law enforcement and search and rescue. Thousands of deserving dogs were submitted for consideration and nearly 3 million online votes were cast to narrow the field down to eight finalist. A panel of celebrity judges including Whoopi Goldberg, Miranda Lambert, Megyn Price and dog expert Victoria Stillwell selected Gabe, a military dog with 200 combat missions under his collar, as this year’s overall Hero Dog. Legendary actor, animal lover and »

- Brie Strohmeyer

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