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Doberman honored with 2017 ACE award for Uniformed Service K9

Discussion in 'Canine News/Informative Articles' started by Rits, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber



    The AKC® Humane Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the 18th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.

    One award is presented in each of the following five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog. This year’s winners range from a retired show dog that helps children learn to read to a family pet turned narcotics detection K-9.

    “The extraordinary stories of these five heroic ACE Award winners illustrate the devotion, loyalty and unconditional love that dogs give us,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Each of these dogs has changed the life of a person or a whole community and they all deserve to be celebrated. The ACE Awards give us an opportunity to pay tribute to these valiant canine companions.”

    All of the ACE recipients will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year pet insurance policy from AKC Pet Insurance, and an engraved sterling silver medallion will be presented to each at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida held on Saturday and Sunday, December 16-17, 2017.

    This year’s ACE winners are:

    Uniformed Service K-9: “Duke,” a Doberman Pinscher handled by Detective Sergeant Ed Soares of Menlo Park, California

    “K-9 Duke” is a two-year-old Doberman Pinscher serving San Mateo County, California. He is certified by Police Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T) & California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA). At eight weeks old, Duke was purchased by Detective Sergeant Ed Soares as a personal canine companion. After accompanying Sgt. Soares to a meeting at six-months-old, Duke was quickly enrolled in intensive training to become certified in narcotics detection. Duke has since been incorporated into the Menlo Park Police Special Investigation Unit, deployed during traffic enforcement stops, parole and probation searches, and narcotics cases all throughout the county. Duke also assists other agencies in narcotic investigations and is credited with finding tens of thousands of dollars in illegal narcotics and firearms during his career.

    When Duke is not paroling the streets of San Mateo, he acts as an ambassador for his breed. He attends educational functions at schools, community events and hospitals where he meets and greets children and the citizens he and his team serve. According to Detective Sgt. Soares, Duke is his best self when he is around children. In 2016, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America board and officers named Duke the club’s honorary mascot.


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  2. Viemarangelrock

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  3. JanS

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    That's awesome and I agree that he's a great ambassador for the breed!
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  4. Gelcoater

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    I imagine of you're a bad guy and you see those two...You're about to have a bad day. :)
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  5. Drogon

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    Always nice to see Dobes as police dogs. Somewhere in South America Dobes are still the primary police dog. I can't remember which country. I had a pic somewhere of a big parade of policemen and their dobes.
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