Kansas City dog in running for national ‘Hero Dog’ award for comforting other dogs

A Kansas City dog is in the running for a national hero dog award but not for saving a human. For this dog, it’s about saving other dogs.”Bliss has never pulled anyone out of a fire. I don’t anticipate her ever pulling anyone out of a fire,” said owner Brett […]

A Kansas City dog is in the running for a national hero dog award but not for saving a human. For this dog, it’s about saving other dogs.”Bliss has never pulled anyone out of a fire. I don’t anticipate her ever pulling anyone out of a fire,” said owner Brett Currie.But that doesn’t mean this 7-year-old Labrador and Australian shepherd mix isn’t a hero dog. She can do something that no humans can do.”She seems to understand when other dogs are feeling scared or overwhelmed,” Currie said.Currie fosters dogs with behavior issues from Wayside Waifs. After taking the first couple of dogs home, she said she started noticing something really special about her dog.”You know, she’ll curl up next to them when they’re scared. She’ll go upstairs to get a dog and bring them with her,” Currie said.She said that without specific training, Bliss just knows how to comfort other dogs.”I have, of course, never taught her to do anything like that and she just went for it all on her own,” Currie said.Because of her efforts, so they can get adopted, Bliss was one nominated. She is one of 300 dogs nationally vying for the title of Hero Dog of 2022.”The lives that she’s changed, pretty incredible,” Currie said.Currie said that Bliss’ favorite thing to do is eat, but she said even when’s she’s doing that, she’s still able to help other dogs.”He couldn’t even eat by himself. He would just scream, and Bliss would go down and lay next to him while he ate,” Currie said.Just a dog letting another frightened dog know that people are OK.If you’d like to vote, visit HeroDogAwards.org and search for Bliss in the shelter dog category. The first round of voting ends May 18.

A Kansas City dog is in the running for a national hero dog award but not for saving a human. For this dog, it’s about saving other dogs.

“Bliss has never pulled anyone out of a fire. I don’t anticipate her ever pulling anyone out of a fire,” said owner Brett Currie.

But that doesn’t mean this 7-year-old Labrador and Australian shepherd mix isn’t a hero dog. She can do something that no humans can do.

“She seems to understand when other dogs are feeling scared or overwhelmed,” Currie said.

Currie fosters dogs with behavior issues from Wayside Waifs. After taking the first couple of dogs home, she said she started noticing something really special about her dog.

“You know, she’ll curl up next to them when they’re scared. She’ll go upstairs to get a dog and bring them with her,” Currie said.

She said that without specific training, Bliss just knows how to comfort other dogs.

“I have, of course, never taught her to do anything like that and she just went for it all on her own,” Currie said.

Because of her efforts, so they can get adopted, Bliss was one nominated. She is one of 300 dogs nationally vying for the title of Hero Dog of 2022.

“The lives that she’s changed, pretty incredible,” Currie said.

Currie said that Bliss’ favorite thing to do is eat, but she said even when’s she’s doing that, she’s still able to help other dogs.

“He couldn’t even eat by himself. He would just scream, and Bliss would go down and lay next to him while he ate,” Currie said.

Just a dog letting another frightened dog know that people are OK.

If you’d like to vote, visit HeroDogAwards.org and search for Bliss in the shelter dog category. The first round of voting ends May 18.

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