What has four legs, hair all over its body and saves lives? A hero dog!
Three members of the Kasasa team were in LA this past weekend for the inaugural Hero Dog Awards celebrity gala. American Humane Association hosted this first-of-its-kind event, giving us all a chance to celebrate the many heroic dogs in our lives. Below is a recap of the event and some of our photos from the event. Woof! (English translation: enjoy!)
Nathan, one of our attendees, summing up the awards said, "The Hero Dog Awards had all the pomp and circumstance of a Hollywood awards dinner (which it was) but instead of celebrating sometimes ego-driven actors, we were celebrating lovable, good-hearted, heroic dogs."
The gala was an emotional event, bringing tears to the eyes of many in the audience as they watched video entries from fearless canines with credits ranging from sniffing out bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, to tirelessly pawing through the rubble of the Twin Towers to help locate and save those buried underneath, to the ever-loving pooches who aid the deaf, blind and mentally or physically challenged. As you hear from anyone whose life is touched by a hero dog, they aren’t just best friends; they have completely changed or saved their lives. (See who won here.)
In addition to the award there was a silent auction with a lot of Hollywood memorabilia. A favorite was a DVD set of Star Wars Episodes I-III signed, "I'm not in these," by Marc Hamill.
As for celebrity encounters: the Kasasa table’s open seats were filled by "The Bachelor" season 9 star, Prince Lorenzo Borghese and his date, Chris got to shake the hand of one of his movie idols, Peter Fonda (Captain America in "Easy Rider") and all three ran into Carson Kressley and his "Dancing With The Stars" partner, Anna Trebunskaya, trying out their moves on the terrace outside. They also enjoyed seeing Betty White in person, in a red suit, as fabulous and funny as ever.
Don’t miss the show—it will be broadcast nationwide on November 11 on the Hallmark Channel.
We’ll end with a statement from Chris, “Dogs can teach us a lot about ourselves. As people, it's all too easy to assume that our supposedly superior intellect gives us an edge on the rest of the animal kingdom, but the Hero Dog Awards are a testament to the contrary.”