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The American Kennel Club is accepting nominations for its Awards of Canine Excellence for the year 2004. To qualify, the purebred dog must be AKC registered or registerable, and have performed some exemplary act, whether large or seemingly small that has significantly benefited a community or individual. One award will be given in each of the following five categories: Law Enforcement Dog, Search and Rescue Dog, Therapy Dog, Service Dog, and Companion Dog. When appropriate, dogs earning honorable mention will be cited.

Each of the five honorees will receive a cash award of $1,000 and an engraved sterling silver medallion, which they will receive at a special presentation ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Florida in January 2005. In addition, the engraved names of the five recipients will be added to the ACE Awards plaque that is on permanent display in the AKC Library in New York. Dogs receiving honorable mention will be awarded an engraved bronze medallion. All entrants will receive an AKC ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination.

Anyone can nominate a dog. The owner of the dog is permitted to submit the nomination for his/her own dog. All submissions for The American Kennel Club Awards for Canine Excellence for the year 2004 must include the following:

  • A non-returnable, original photograph of the dog. Hi-resolution electronic photos (300dpi and at least 5×7 inches or, 72dpi at least 20×30 inches) are permissible but not scans.
  • A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
  • Dog's call name, registered name if applicable, breed, age and sex.
  • Owner's/Nominator's name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.


More information on the ACE Award.