HALLMARK CHANNEL HONORS OUR REMARKABLE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WITH “AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS”,

HALLMARK CHANNEL HONORS OUR REMARKABLE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WITH

“AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS”, PREMIERING ON VETERAN’S DAY, 11-11-11 AT 8:00pm ET/PT,

HOSTED BY CARSON KRESSLEY

90-Minute Star-Studded Special Highlights the Many Ways Dogs

Enrich, Prolong, and Save Lives Everyday

Troops Overseas will Have Opportunity to Watch the Broadcast Via Armed Forces Network

Studio City, California – November 3, 2011 – Hallmark Channel is proud to present the inaugural “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™”, a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable contributions they make on our behalf. Presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine and produced by Emmy® Award winning MRB Productions, the Hero Dog Awards will premiere on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011 at 8:00pm ET/PT. In salute of Veteran’s Day and honoring our many enlisted servicemen, women, and dogs overseas, the Hero Dog Awards will be broadcast for our troops worldwide through Armed Forces Network, following its debut on Hallmark Channel.

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning Carson Kressley and taped before a live audience in the Beverly Hilton’s historical International Ballroom on October 1, the Hero Dog Awards pays tribute to eight remarkable dogs and their handlers — each partnership a powerful testament to the age-old bond between dogs and people.

Following a nationwide online search that elicited some 400,000 votes, each dog was selected among hundreds of nominees from all 50 states in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs, and finally, Emerging Hero Dogs a category that highlights ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. The finalists and their handlers were flown to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, and take the stage to accept their special “Hero Dog” award, following a presentation of a special video tribute telling each of their incredible stories. At the end of the evening, one dog was named the overall “American Hero Dog.”

Celebrity judges and presenters on hand for the festivities included Betty White, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Jason Lewis, Candy Spelling, Victoria Stillwell, Joey Lawrence, among many others.

For more on each of the eight dogs and their inspirational stories go to:

http://www.herodogawards.org

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