A Great Dane named George who is a service dog for 11-year-old Bella Burton is one of five recipients for this year's AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence, which honors dogs that have had a significant impact on their owners and communities.
Bella, who suffers from the genetic disorder Morquio syndrome, received George a year ago to help her with mobility. Her family says he's helped her tremendously and she has a newfound independence.
George was bred and trained by the Service Dog Project of Ipswich, Massachusetts. The organization provides Great Dane service dogs and has placed more than 100 dogs with individuals who have balance and mobility issues.
The Project's founder, Carlene White, says that Great Danes make excellent service dogs due to their intelligence and patient nature.
The Burtons and the Service Dog Project are thrilled that George was selected as one of the 2015 winners for the ACE Award.
“[Great Danes] are terrific,” White said. “And For [George] to get that award, I just think it's wonderful.”
Click here to learn more about the other 2015 ACE Award Winners who will be honored at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Video assistance from Cara DiFabio.
Additional images via Bella and George Facebook page.