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DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs
DOGNY Heroic Military Working Dog Award

Every year, the American Kennel Club honors a military working dog and handler team to acknowledge their dedication, sacrifice and commitment to the US armed forces and the citizens of our nation.

The DOGNY Heroic Military Working Dog Award serves as a reminder to all Americans that all of our soldiers – human and canine – deserve our thanks, appreciation and respect.

2012: Sergeant Michael Dunn of Middlebury, CT and Military Working Dog "Balou" accepted the award at AKC Meet the Breeds® on behalf of the 928th Military Police detachment, based in Newtown, Connecticut, for their service to the nation. Press Coverage.
2007: Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia traveled to Fort Hood, Texas to bestow the 2007 award upon Sergeant First Class Gabe, a Labrador Retriever partnered with Staff Sergeant Charles Shuck in Iraq. Photo Coverage.
2005: AKC Chairman Ron Menaker presented the 2005 DOGNY Heroic Military Working Dog Award to Specialist Jacob S. Nelson and Ranny aboard the historic Intrepid on Veteran's Day. Photo Coverage.
2004: The first DOGNY Heroic Military Working Dog Award was presented to Frenke, a German Shepherd Dog and his handler, Sergeant Haynes. The military dog and handler team distinguished themselves through exceptional service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Photo Coverage.