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Susie The Therapy Dog Named American Humane Association's American Hero Dog

30 Sep 2014 | by Neha Manchanda | Posted in: Wag News

Susie

 

In a black tie gala event held in Beverly Hills, Susie a therapy dog came dressed in pearls and tutu and won the hearts of many as she received the standing ovation after being named American Humane Association’s 2014 American Hero Dog. Susie was one of the eight finalists who had been nominated for the distinction.

Susie, a Pitbull mix, has had the most remarkable life. As a puppy, she had licked the face of her owner’s child. When the owner saw it, she acted violently, beat Susie and set her up on fire. Susie suffered from third degree burns and her ears were burnt off. Susie was headed off to a daycare where caregivers helped her cope with the painful recovery. 

Post her recovery, Susie was adopted by Donna Lawrence who herself had been a survivor of an attack by a abused pitbull. The attack had left Donna in a state of depression after she miscarried and lost the ability to reproduce. The attack also made her fearful of all dogs. However when she met Susie, she was drawn to her happy and affectionate spirit and love for humans. Its ironic that Susie was abandoned and abused and then adopted by a lady who had been attacked by a dog.

In the months after her adoption, Susie trained to become a therapy dog to help other people who had survived traumatic events. Susie and Lawrence also fought for stronger anti - cruelty laws in North Carolina. Susie’s law was brought into effect in 2010 with Susies paw appearing beside the Governor’s signature.

Lawrence was elated when she came to know that Susie had won the award. She is proud of having Susie as her lifelong companion and that both she and Susie are able to bring happiness to many others.

We at DogSpot, congratulate Susie on receiving the distinction and also to the rest of the finalists. They are all Heroes!

Source: Today Pets

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