Thursday, February 11, 2010

2009 AKC Canine ACE awards

Back in December, Teller's daddy Robin (BISS Am-Can Ch. Nitro's Boy Wonder OS SDHF CGC TDI) and his breeder/owner/handler Mary MacQueen were selected as the 2009 AKC ACE award winner in the law enforcement division. We are so proud of Mary and Robin!

From the AKC ACE Website:
Robin – Golden Retriever owned by Mary & Joseph MacQueen of Frewsburg, NY

Robin, a six-year-old Golden Retriever, is a police narcotics, missing persons and human remains detection dog, who gives true meaning to the police motto, "protect and serve." Keeping streets safe from drugs and hunting for missing persons, are just a few of this dog’s talents. He and his owner Mary MacQueen work for the Salamanca Police Department and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. In 2009 alone, Robin has been responsible for getting about half a million dollars worth of dangerous narcotics off the streets. The pair also assists with searches for Kinzua Search Dogs and the Southern Tier Regional Drug task force.

Robin and Mary were recipients of the 2008 Police Officer of the Year award for the Salamanca Police Department. In addition to his work in law enforcement, Robin is also a therapy dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Champion of Record, and the recipient of the Golden Retriever Club of America’s Show Dog Hall of Fame title. When Robin’s busy schedule allows, he also leads local parades, visits hospitals and nursing homes, and makes trips to schools to educate students about the dangers of drug abuse.

The animal planet coverage:

And footage from backstage at the awards ceremony:

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