K9 Lakota’s 2013 Hero Dog Awards Experience

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2013
Liz Lara Carreno- Executive Director of K9s4COPs, Kristi Schiller- Founder and Chair of K9s4COPs, Officer Travis Fox, Corey Fox and K9 Lakota

by American Humane Association ON 22ND OCT 2013


We were so honored to be award such a celebrity experience for K9 Lakota. It started early Friday morning as we walked through Atlanta airport to board our flight to LA. We were able share K9 Lakota’s story with multiple people and express just how important it is to get laws passed to protect our Law Enforcement K9s.

Once we arrived in LA we were whisked away by a chauffeur to the Beverly Hills Hilton where all our fellow Hero Dogs awaited everyone’s arrival. That evening we mingled upon the rooftop of the Beverly Hills Hilton Stardust Lounge.

What a beautiful site to overlook Beverly Hills with the Hollywood sign in the background. We got to meet some amazing supporters of the AHA that evening as well as our Law Enforcement supporter State Farm. Lakota received some amazing irreplaceable gift that evening to include a hand painted rock that is a resemblance of him along with Lakota’s Law painted on it and a beautiful handmade collar and leash designed especially for him.

Saturday morning was yet again another celebrity treatment day. Starting with an amazing breakfast and fellowship with our new friends. From there we did a dress rehearsal of the events to come later in the evening and boy did we feel like stars as we saw the red carpet being rolled out. We had hair and make up done by Paul Mitchell school while the dogs all rested for the big evening ahead. Then the time we had all awaited finally had come.

We all left our lavish hotel rooms dressed in our best and mingled with the stars, but we were humbled to see all 8 of our four legged heroes were the stars to the stars. We got to meet Betty White and Ryan O’neil and be interviewed by tv stations. We were introduced to our charity of choice K9s4Cops.org and a lifetime friendship was begun. We are looking forward to helping this cause more and more as time goes on. Then came the red carpet walk K9 Lakota and Travis were escorted down the red carpet with Naomi Judd a small bit of mingling and then it was time to be seated for big event. We dined to a fantastic meal while being entertained by Las Vegas best and then Joey Lawrence started the show off.

Lakota was the first hero Dog up to receive his award and the tears flowed as his tribute video was played and as they walked on stage their was a standing ovation given to them both. The trophy he received will be forever cherished as well as the memories that were made that evening. The night went on and we watched all our new friends videos and receive their trophies and we laughed and cried right beside them.

As the night came to a close the overall Hero Dog was to be chosen all the tables held their leashes and their breathe and the winner was announced. Hero Dog Elle we were so excited and honored to se such an amazing dog break the stereotypes and win such a high award. Way to go ELLE we are so proud of you and your parents.

We left LA with not only wonderful memories but amazing new friends that we will now consider life long friends. thank you to all who voted for K9 Lakota and his fellow Dream Team friends. We are now back in Georgia and we are even more focused on changing laws and protecting law enforcement k9s.

~ Corey Fox aka K9 Lakota’s moM