Three Local Dogs Named National Finalists for American Humane Hero Dog Awards


WASHINGTON, DC – Three of the 21 national finalists for the annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards come from Washington State.

The dogs – from Seattle, Edmonds and Moses Lake – received enough votes to advance through a field of nearly 400 dogs. More than 400,000 votes in total were tallied, according to a press release from American Humane.

Second-round voting began Monday and ends July 22. The third round runs from August 5 to September 13.


Lincoln (Seattle) and Keb (Edmonds) are up for the search and rescue (SAR) dog award, while Sherman Gepherd (Moses Lake) is looking to move up in the service dog category.

Sherman Gepherd

Sherman Gepherd has been called a “lifesaver” by its owner, a DUI crash survivor who lives with PTSD.

“He changed my life!” wrote the owner. “When I have flashbacks, he’s there. When I have to stop the car because I’m having a panic attack, he’s there. When I talk about my story, he’s there. His mind is always working, he’s searching. how to make my life wonderful. I can’t say how loving he is. I have no doubt that he would lay down his life for me.

The owner went on to write that he noticed Sherman Gepherd’s right leg was bent. He had a carpal valgus limb deformity and was taken to Washington State University Veterinary Hospital for reconstructive surgery, which was unsuccessful.

Sherman Gepherd’s leg was amputated.

The owner considered removing it, “but it was back to normal within days.”


Keb, his owner’s second search and rescue dog, was an energetic and fearless pup.

“Keb began training as a scent dog to find live victims right away and soon after that she started training as a dual-purpose human remains detection (HRD) dog,” said said the owner of Keb. “She was an enthusiastic and quick learner! Within a few years, we had been certified in several SAR disciplines, including Wilderness Air Scent and Human Remains Detection, as well as Avalanche Rescue and First Responder Disaster.”

According to its owner, Keb has been deployed on more than 100 missions. She is nearing the end of her SAR career, which included searching for three of the 43 OSO landslide victims in 2014.

“We searched the high snowfields of Mount Rainier for the lost and found bones that helped solve decades-old crimes,” Keb’s owner wrote. “We searched for the clandestine graves of murder victims. We were called upon to offer our services in the dark, damp, snowy and cold in the rainforests and rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. We We searched in urban areas with homeless camps, drug needles and thick blackberry bushes, and even as far away as Scandinavia where Keb made a discovery that solved an 18-month-old mystery.

“Keb helped me become a better version of myself.”


Lincoln, a 5-year-old flat-coated retriever, has national certifications in Wild Air Scent and Human Remains Detection, has worked with the King County Sheriff’s Office and has been deployed throughout Washington State for urban, aquatic, forestry and alpine research from the shores of Puget Sound to the crest of the Cascade Range, according to its owner.

Lincoln wasn’t breathing at birth, so his owner thinks he was “meant” to save lives. Lincoln was saved by an assistant in what was called the “kiss of life”.

Last year, Lincoln found a missing 87-year-old man in the Seattle area in less than 15 minutes at 2:30 a.m.

“With boundless enthusiasm and his inevitably hanging tongue, Lincoln loves to charge through fern-covered forests and has traveled up to 26 miles in a day on search missions in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness,” the owner wrote. of Lincoln. “With a keen nose, Lincoln often finds training subjects hidden 300 yards away, greeting them with happy face licks before returning to enthusiastically report the find to his master.”


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