|July 19, 2012 | Canine Companions Hearing Dog Tatiana II Wins Hero Dog Award|
Orlando, FL – July 10, 2012 – Tatiana II, a hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence has been named a finalist for the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award. Cristina Saint-Blancard, of Plantation, Florida, lost her hearing as a teenager and she was matched with Tatiana in 2011. Tatiana alerts her to key sounds by making physical contact and increases her feelings of security and self-confidence by heightening awareness of environmental sounds. She nominated Tatiana after she saved her life one night when Saint-Blancard was having an asthma attack and Tatiana alerted her parents that Saint-Blancard was in distress. That night when the paramedics arrived they said that Tatiana had saved Saint-Blancard’s life.
The Hero Dog Award contest celebrates the thousands of dogs making a difference to people in need every day by providing compassion, comfort and by transforming lives with their tenderness and intuition. Dogs are nominated in eight categories, search and rescue, law enforcement or arson, therapy, guide, service, military, emerging hero and Tatiana’s category, hearing.
Tatiana fans can log on to www.herodogawards.org and vote for her. Voting ends on October 5, 2012.
Saint-Blancard and Tatiana will walk the red carpet and be recognized at a celebrity-studded awards show in Beverly Hills, California on October 6, 2012, when the winning Hero Dog will be announced.