2012 ACE Nominees

The American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) 2012

The American Kennel Club Humane Fund is proud to announce the nominees for the 2012 Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). Established in 2000, ACE has become a valuable public-outreach program for the AKC Humane Fund as well as a source of pride among the fancy and the dog community.

The winners and honorable mentions in the categories of Exemplary Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Service, and Therapy, will be announced in late August. The five recipients will each receive engraved silver collar medallions and $1,000 cash awards at a presentation ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida, on December 15 & 16, 2012. Dogs earning honorable mention will be cited and will receive bronze collar medallions.

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  • 832's Jokers Wild - Bloodhound owned by 832 K-9's Deputy Dog's Duke Snodgrass of Inverness, FL (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Agapé - Golden Retriever owned by Grace Peay of Indian Rocks Beach, FL (Service Dog)
  • Amadeus - Hovawart owned by Nancy and John Rutkowski of Glencoe, MO (Therapy Dog)
  • Amos - Labrador Retriever owned by Cindy Stanton of Royal Oak, MI (Service Dog)
  • Andre - Papillon owned by Patricia Hamm of Soldier, KY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Andy - Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by Cindy and David Bundy of Port Bristol, WI (Therapy Dog)
  • Annie Bear - Australian Shepherd owned by Bill Durham of Fort Dix, NJ (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Auri - German Shepherd Dog owned by Kim Armstrong of Rapid City, SD (Search and Rescue)
  • Aurora - Alaskan Malamute owned by Betty Welles of Chassell, MI (Service Dog)
  • Bandit - Bullmastiff owned by Karen Wardlaw of Plainfield, IL (Therapy Dog)
  • Bart - Border Collie owned by Pam Peppers of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Bazuka - Labrador Retriever owned by Kevin Huggett of Snoqualmie Pass, WA (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Bear - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon owned by Kay and David Boehner of McGregor, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Beck - All American owned by Kevin and Kathi Jo Zornes of Lucasville, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Beckett - German Pinscher owned by Patricia Borst of Bakersfield, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Bella - Golden Retriever owned by David Provost of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Benny - Rottweiler owned by Kelly Skiptunas of Wrightsville, PA (Therapy Dog)
  • Blu - Labrador Retriever handled by Officer Curt Dieterle of Rawlings, MD (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Boss - German Shepherd Dog handled by Cpl. Thomas Sweeny of Naples, FL (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Boudin - Australian Shepherd owned by Mari Evans of Abernathy, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Bravo - Chesapeake Bay Retriever owned by Brenda D. "KC" Owens of Salt Lake City, UT (Service Dog)
  • Brewster - Golden Retriever owned by Gretchen Herzberger of Westlake, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Bronze - Shar Pei owned by Randall Shively of Wayne City, IL (Therapy Dog)
  • Callie - Border Collie owned by Gerald Innella of Annandale, NJ (Search and Rescue)
  • Callie - Shetland Sheepdog owned by Susan Leitner of Vancouver, WA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Canvas - English Springer Spaniel owned by Lloyd and Katherine Simonson and Henriette Schmidt of Spring Grove, IL (Therapy Dog)
  • Carrie - West Highland White Terrier owned by Mary Font of Marco Island, FL (Service Dog)
  • Chancer - Golden Retriever owned by Donnie Kanter Winokur of Roswell, GA (Service Dog)
  • Charley - Welsh Terrier owned by Jerry Nickell of Oklahoma City, OK (Therapy Dog)
  • Charlie - Beagle owned by Patricia Tirrell of Durham, NC (Therapy Dog)
  • Chase - Cavalier King Charles owned by Don Nuss of Brookings, OR (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Coleman - Standard Poodle owned by Ashley Auman of High Point, NC (Service Dog)
  • Cooper - German Shepherd Dog owned by Denine Phillips of Annandale, NJ (Therapy Dog)
  • Cooper - Golden Retriever owned by CASA of Lea County of Hobbs, NM (Service Dog)
  • Cracker - Golden Retriever owned by John Catenacci of Onsted, MI (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Cully - German Shepherd Dog handled by Tpr. Kevin A. Beattie of Massena, NY (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Da Sharq - Saluki owned by Alice Brochner and Rick Brown of Garland, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • David - Standard Poodle owned by Lisa Karen Levy of New Rochelle, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Deja - Rottweiler owned by Phil and Carolyn Dugger of Port Charlotte, FL (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Dessi - Rottweiler owned by Dr. Loey Krause of Pickens, SC (Service Dog)
  • Destiny - Shetland Sheepdog owned by Richard Wilkinson of Magna, UT (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Diamond - Golden Retriever owned by Dennis and Myra Kalodish of Plantation, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Diesel - Bulldog owned by Rebecca Burlage of Mineral, VA (Service Dog)
  • Dino - All American owned by Jackie Phillips of San Leandro, CA (Search and Rescue)
  • Domino - Border Collie owned by Ronnie Hogan of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Doonerak - Chinook owned by Patricia Richards of Fair Haven, VT (Therapy Dog)
  • Dutchess - Golden Retriever owned by Mark Condon of Poughkeepsie, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Dylan - Dachshund owned by Kathy Kline of Middletown, MD (Therapy Dog)
  • Ecco - Spinone Italiano owned by Amy Hines of Smithfield, VA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Einar - All American owned by Barbra and Ryan Wasko of Swoyersville, PA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Emilio - Labrador Retriever owned by Tony and Dina Smith of Placentia, CA (Service Dog)
  • Emma - German Shorthaired Pointer owned by Diane Krause of Horseheads, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Emma - Golden Retriever owned by Sally Bankson of Snoqualmie, WA (Search and Rescue)
  • Esme - German Shepherd Dog owned by PJ Lucas of Jeffersonville, TN (Search and Rescue)
  • Evie - All American owned by Paige Kolok of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Excalibur - Labrador Retriever owned by Ray McCoy of Lampasas, TX (Service Dog)
  • Faith - Labrador Retriever owned by Chesna M. Vitanovec of Waldorf, MD (Service Dog)
  • Falco - German Shepherd Dog owned by Chuck Wooters of Malvern, PA (Search and Rescue)
  • Fifi - All American owned by Ramon Nevarez of San Juan, Puerto Rico (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Finley - Sussex Spaniel owned by Linda Tufvesson of Gillette, WY (Therapy Dog)
  • Finn - Bloodhound owned by Sue Christian of Ozone, AR (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Foster - Giant Schnauzer owned by Jim Hartman of Prospect, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Frank - Toy Fox Terrier owned by Barbara Kelley of Caledonia, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Gabby - Cavalier King Charles owned by Vickey Halstead of Pasco, WA (Therapy Dog)
  • General - German Shepherd Dog owned George Boyung of Seminol, FL (Service Dog)
  • Gigi - Rat Terrier owned by Deb Davidson Harpur of Wilmington, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Glory - Doberman Pinscher owned by Travis Labonte of Scarborough, ME (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Godfrey - Doberman Pinscher owned by Allen and Joanne Hauge of St. Louis, MO (Therapy Dog)
  • Gracie - Cocker Spaniel owned by Kathy Tallent of Ft. Walton Beach, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Gracie - Rhodesian Ridgeback owned by Margaret Davis of Jamul, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Grainy - Husky owned by Nancy Russell of Walsenburg, CO (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Hannah - Bouvier de Flanders owned by Pamela Schooley of Watsonville, CA (Service Dog)
  • Harvey - German Shepherd Dog owned by Norma Hansburg and Lois Gregor of Walker Valley, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Heather's Scent of a Mystery - Bloodhound owned by Allen L. Means of Strasburg, PA (Search and Rescue)
  • Hokey - Belgian Tervuren owned by Deb Eldredge of Vernon, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Honey - German Shepherd Dog owned by Michael Gaither of Chiefland, FL (Service Dog)
  • Indee - Golden Retriever owned by Robert C. and Kathleen M. Patterson of Pittsburgh, PA (Search and Rescue)
  • Indigeaux - Great Dane owned by Mary M. "Ellie" Miller of Zachary, LA (Service Dog)
  • Jake - Boston Terrier owned by Cindy Funderburk of Orland, CA (Service Dog)
  • Java - Australian Shepherd owned by Rachel Park of Ravenna, OH (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Jesse - Cavalier King Charles owned by Janet Holtman of Cedar Rapids, IA (Therapy Dog)
  • Jessee - Shetland Sheepdog handled by DeAnn Shults of London, KY (Therapy Dog)
  • Jinn – English Springer Spaniel owned by Rebecca and Kevin Jacobs of Wyoming, MI (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Joey - Havanese owned by Robbie Meerdink of Orange City, IA (Therapy Dog)
  • Jordan - Bichon Frise owned by Julie Nelson of Loyall, KY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Joss - All American owned by Margo G. Dietrich of Norcross, GA (Service Dog)
  • Joy - Akita owned by Priscilla and Terry Sharpe of Klamath Falls, OR (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • K9 Hannah - All American owned by Roxye Marshall of Denton, NC (Search and Rescue)
  • K9 Kirby - German Shepherd Dog handled by Detective Christine Kelliher of Bensalem, PA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Keahi - Belgian Tervuren owned by Kristi Smith of Peoria, AZ (Search and Rescue)
  • Kennedy - English Springer Spaniel owned by Sara Margaret Gubala of Nederland, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Kermit - Newfoundland owned by Bonnie Giacovelli of Jupiter, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Kessa - German Shepherd Dog owned by Ann Christensen of Shelley, ID (Search and Rescue)
  • King - German Shepherd Dog handled by Bernard Weaver of Burlington, NJ (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Kitty - Portuguese Water Dog owned by Laurie Hardman of Seattle, WA (Therapy Dog)
  • Kodi - Old English Sheepdog owned by Kathleen McBride of Woodstock, IL (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Kylie - Standard Poodle owned by Barry and Patricia Sharrow of Los Altos, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Lacey - Labrador Retriever owned by Julie Miller of Elkton, MD (Therapy Dog)
  • Lad - Shetland Sheepdog owned by June Evans of Midland, NC (Therapy Dog)
  • Lakota - German Shepherd Dog handled by Travis Fox of Locust Grove, GA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Lawrence - Labrador Retriever owned by Patricia Wheeler of Livermore, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Leo - Bullmastiff owned by Barbara Carry of Morriston, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Leyza – German Shepherd Dog owned by Andrew Tackett of Georgetown, KY (Search and Rescue Dog)
  • Lida - Collie owned by Harry Leventakis of Athens, Greece (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Lily - Weimaraner owned by Tara Prosser of Joplin, MO (Search and Rescue)
  • Lottie Dot - Dalmatian owned by Patricia Belt of Grand Junction, TN (Therapy Dog)
  • Lugnut - Golden Retriever owned by Jeff Day of Indianapolis, IN (Service Dog)
  • Luise - English Bulldog owned by Lisa Palencia-Avila of Moreno Valley, CA (Service Dog)
  • Maeve - Rottweiler owned by Patricia Lenahan of Santa Ana, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Maggie - Bloodhound handled by Patrick Sheridan of Troy, VA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Maggie - German Shepherd Dog owned by Mary Wallace of Mt. Washington, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Maggie - Miniature Poodle owned by Linda McCrillis of Doylestown, PA (Therapy Dog)
  • Maizie - Dachshund owned by Karen Ann Young of Amsterdam, NY (Service Dog)
  • Makon - Pomeranian owned by James D. Murphy and Elizabeth Felicetti-Murphy of Palm Harbor, FL (Service Dog)
  • Marconi - Spinone Italiano owned by Cooper Lawrence of New York, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Marney - Australian Shepherd owned by Jo Ann Uptmor of Waco, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Melanie - Bloodhound handled by Jim Pacetti of Lockport, IL (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Merit - Bloodhound owned by Terri Heck of New Cumberland, PA (Search and Rescue)
  • Mike - American Staffordshire Terrier owned by Michelle M. Okashima of Kings Beach, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Mixie - Cocker Spaniel handled by Mary Jane Marrow of Honey Brook, PA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Mo - Pomeranian owned by James D. Murphy and Elizabeth Felicetti-Murphy of Palm Harbor, FL (Service Dog)
  • Mocha - Shih Tzu owned by Rachel Park of Ravenna, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Mojo - Rottweiler owned by Phil and Carolyn Dugger of Port Charlotte, FL (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Molly - All American owned by Lee Root of Carrollton, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Nash - Labrador Retriever owned by Chris Card of Las Vegas, NV (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Noel - Smooth Fox Terrier owned by Cindy Bond of Clayton, WA (Service Dog)
  • Nola - All American owned by Ingrid Schillebeeckx-Rice of Barnegat, NJ (Therapy Dog)
  • Obi - Labrador Retriever owned by Tina Larimore of Brandenburg, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Obi - Rhodesian Ridgeback owned by Dolores Socha of Township of Washington, NJ (Therapy Dog)
  • Oscar - Dachshund owned by Amelia Creel of Pearl, MS (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Ovie - Labrador Retriever handled by Sgt. Michael Moore of Hagerstown, MD (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Parker - Collie owned by Kimberly Mockler of Huntington, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Parole - Labrador Retriever owned by Jason North of Killeen, TX (Service Dog)
  • Pickles - Parson Russell Terrier owned by Dean and Mary Ann Stegen of Strawberry Point, IA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Pilot - Kuvasz owned by Ann Scott Arnold of Frankfort, MI (Service Dog)
  • Polar Bear - Great Pyrenees owned by Dianne Fidler of Grand Prairie, TX (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Popeye - Basset Hound owned by Maritza Aponte of San Juan, PR (Therapy Dog)
  • Ranger - Labrador Retriever owned by Teri Reed of Jeffersonville, TN (Search and Rescue)
  • Reba - Basset Hound owned by Christine Machleit and Matilda Beeler of Perris, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Regie - All American owned by Marlon and Angie Markle of Fairfield, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Rickie Roo - Rat Terrier owned by D. Davidson Harpur of Harbor City, CA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Ringo - Belgian Tervuren owned by Robert Cyrklis of Sandwich, MA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Riva - Border Collie owned by Gerianne Darnell of Council Bluffs, IA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Rock - German Shepherd Dog owned by Mie Yamanishi of Beverly Hills, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Rosebud - Field Spaniel owned by Lisa Perrodin of Haughton, LA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Roxy - Rottweiler owned by Rebecca Bartz of Cary, NC (Service Dog)
  • Rudy - French Bulldog owned by Charlene Kaye of Beverly Hills, FL (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Rylan - Doberman Pinscher owned by Lisa Blanchard of Clinton Twp., MI (Service Dog)
  • Sadie - Collie owned by Emily Partain of Star, NC (Therapy Dog)
  • Sage - Bloodhound owned by Cindi Sims of Lofus, CA (Service Dog)
  • Sam - German Shepherd Dog owned by Laurie Vickery of Wichita, KS (Search and Rescue)
  • Sammy - All American owned by Walnut Cove Police Department of Walnut Cove, NC (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Sammy - Wirehaired Pointing Griffon owned by Peggy Claes of Loudonville, OH (Therapy Dog)
  • Sander - Cavalier King Charles owned by Melanie Fries of Brookfield, WI (Therapy Dog)
  • Scoobydoo - German Shepherd Dog owned by Timothy Davis of Colstrip, MT (Therapy Dog)
  • Seamus - Chesapeake Bay Retriever owned by Charles and Michelle Pyle of Wagener, SC (Therapy Dog)
  • Sekou - Golden Retriever owned by Tami Treadway and Wes Weysham of North Port, FL (Search and Rescue)
  • Serena - French Bulldog owned by Teresa Morrison, Jeff Schulze, Jeff Armstron, Linda Cain of Athens, GA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Sergeant Sneezy - All American owned by Jennifer Muhe and James Manzi of Aldan, PA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Shadow - All American owned by Kay Isaac of Shoals, IN (Service Dog)
  • Shadow - German Shepherd Dog handled by Ptl. John Michener of Willingboro, NJ (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Sierra - Shetland Sheepdog owned by Dianna Simuns of Yuba City, CA (Therapy Dog)
  • Sinatra - Great Pyrenees owned by Josephine Morningstar of Wilmington, MA (Service Dog)
  • Sir Ian Keeper of the Land - Rough Coated Collie owned by Denise M. Dranchok of Tulsa, OK (Therapy Dog)
  • Skinny - Doberman Pinscher owned by Joy Bonvillain of Baton Rouge, LA (Therapy Dog)
  • Snapper - Labrador Retriever owned by PK and Erich Lichtenberger of St. Petersburg, FL (Therapy Dog)
  • Spike - German Shepherd Dog owned by Chris Johnson of Philadephia, PA (Search and Rescue)
  • Sprout - Brussels Griffon owned by Jennifer Dunn of Wheaton, IL (Service Dog)
  • Stella - Standard Poodle owned by Marissa Levy of New Rochelle, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Storm - German Shepherd Dog owned by Ronald Wiedbusch of Ypsilanti, MI (Service Dog)
  • Susy Q - German Shepherd Dog owned by Debbie Kandoll of Las Cruces, NM (Service Dog)
  • Tango - Dalmatian owned by Dayna Hilton of Clarksville, AR (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Tara Jane - English Springer Spaniel owned by Pauline Barrick of East Aurora, NY (Therapy Dog)
  • Taser - German Shepherd Dog handled by Correctional Officer Chris Salopek of Soledad, CA (Law Enforcement Dog)
  • Tate - French Bulldog handled by Paul and Mary Raleigh and Nicholle Hoke of Fredericksburg, TX (Therapy Dog)
  • Tatiana II - All American owned by Cristina Marie Saint-Blancard of Plantation, FL (Service Dog)
  • Teddy - Shiba Inu owned by Steven Saunders of Hudson, FL (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Thunder - German Shepherd Dog owned by Paul McKinney of Hampton Bays, NY (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Tia - Rottweiler owned by David Lee of Louisville, KY (Service Dog)
  • Tilly - English Bulldog owned by Alison Silver of Long Branch, NJ (Therapy Dog)
  • TJ - Greyhound owned by Kim Fraser of Spotsylvania, VA (Therapy Dog)
  • Toby - Labrador Retriever owned by Gwen Hanger of Moline, IL (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Treasure - Shetland Sheepdog owned by Debbie Bauer of Cochranville, PA (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Tuff V - Clumber Spaniel owned by Cindy Vienola of Oshkosh, WI (Therapy Dog)
  • Tuffie - Labrador Retriever owned by Elizabeth Nesbitt of Gainesville, FL (Service Dog)
  • Uffda - Bloodhound owned by Holly Hatfield of Louisville, KY (Search and Rescue)
  • Wendy - All American owned by Richard Heath of Rowlett, TX (Service Dog)
  • Wendy - German Shepherd Dog owned by Fred W. Rosvold of Oakland, MI (Therapy Dog)
  • Wes - Labrador Retriever owned by Wendi Huttner of Richboro, PA (Therapy Dog)
  • Wingnut - Golden Retriever owned by Kristi Rush of Indianapolis, IN (Service Dog)
  • Winston - Sussex Spaniel owned by Ann McGloon of Grants Pass, OR (Search and Rescue)
  • Wolfie - All American owned by Michael Sergio Gilbert of Springfield, OH (Service Dog)
  • Wynd - Rottweiler owned by Renice Zimmerman of Yorktown, VA (Therapy Dog)
  • Yodel - Saint Bernard owned by Jackie Rochford of Caro, MI (Exemplary Companion Dog)
  • Zar - German Shepherd Dog owned by Cris Okulanis of Belle Vernon, PA (Therapy Dog)
  • Zosia - Australian Shepherd owned by Deborah Potter of Alameda, NM (Therapy Dog)