Gabe and SSG Chuck Shuck (image courtesy iamgabe.yolasite.com)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Gabe won military hero dog of the year and has a chance to win the national title.
WLTX first introduced you to Gabe and his handler Staff Sgt. Chuck Shuck in May of this year. While deployed to Iraq, he completed over 210 combat missions with 26 finds of explosives and weapons.
When Gabe is not leading a combat mission he frequently visited wounded troops in Army hospitals and he visited school children in elementary schools. Gabe was selected as the American Kennel Club Heroic Military Working Dog in 2008 and was the runner up in the American Humane Association Military Working Dog category for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards.
Gabe retired in 2009 after a very distinguished career earning over 40 awards and coins of excellence for his work. What he does is out of a love for his country and the people of the United States. Gabe continues to visit schools and inspire children with compassion and respect and the importance of staying in school. Gabe will proudly represent the U.S. Military Police for many years to come.
Gabe made it to the finals and On October 6, 2012 the American Humane Society will announce the 2012 Hero Dog winner in Hollywood.
If Gabe wins, $10,000 will go to his charity which is the United States War Dog Association, Inc.. It's a nonprofit organization of former and current U.S. Military Dog handlers and supporting members committed to promoting the long history of the Military Service Dogs, establishing permanent War Dog Memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these dogs to our country.
You can vote for him to win national hero dog by clicking here.