Three San Diego Dogs in the running to become American Humane Association Hero Dogs
12:53 PM, Friday, July 01
Three San Diego dogs have been nominated in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards contest presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine. The awards will premier on the Hallmark Channel, November 11, 2011. Surf dog Ricochet, a golden retriever, Danie a beagle, and Borias a german shepherd, all from San Diego are in the running.

The American Humane Association had people nominate dogs in eight life changing categories including Emerging Hero Dogs, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Service Dogs, and Therapy Dogs. The first place winner of each category will receive $5000 for their selected charities, and the top winner overall will receive $10,000 for their charity.

Surf dog Ricochet has been nominated in the category of Emerging Hero Dogs for her philanthropic lifestyle of raising funds and awareness for human/animal causes. She has raised $90,000 in the last 18 months. She is the only known dog in the world that surfs with special needs kids & people with disabilities for therapeutic purposes. She has a video on YouTube "From service dog to SURFice dog" that went viral and has over 3.4 million views. For more info, go to

Danie is named in honor of a very special little girl. It is in her memory that they dedicate their volunteer search hours. Danie started learning search and rescue when he was 9 weeks old, and since he become field deployable at the age of one. He has answered the call to many missions both here in San Diego, and mutual aid for other counties. Danie also visits schools to teach kids about hiking safety and libraries to share stories about search and rescue.

Borias is a charismatic German Shepherd dog, who Tamandra Michaels trained herself from a young puppy. Tamandra was born with Spina Bifida, and uses a wheelchair to navigate San Diego, with Borias as her co-pilot. In their ten years together, they have shared many adventures, from going to concerts, Broadway shows, meeting celebrities (even a former President!) to riding on a gurney and keeping vigil while his partner battled a life-threatening kidney infection in the hospital. Borias has been in the news, lending his loud voice in political rallies for equal rights, to just showing his love of pulling his partner in her wheelchair, making her feel free. Through thick and thin, he is always by her side. Their bond so deep, It's as if they are the same soul. He is her partner, 'heart dog', and soul mate...her hero. For more info, go to

To vote for each dog, go to The public has one vote per dog, per category, per day until July 31st.

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