Tales of Exceptional Canines

Dogs add so much to our lives and ask so little in return.

Our Dog Lore Gallery features Scout & Zoe’s Exceptional Canine Award winners. These dogs have shown they are not only man’s best friends and companions but also have elevated themselves to hero status in a variety of ways..... saving lives, searching for survivors, rescuing individuals in peril, performing tasks or providing comfort and therapy.

Read, watch and amaze yourself with the tales of these very special dogs and the bonds they have with all of us. Dogs really are angels with wings.... you just have to look a little more closely to see those wings flapping....


2013 Recipients: Lilly | 2012 Recipients: Sheba, Magnum, Kilo | 2011 Recipients: Ollie, Target | 2010 Recipients: Buddy, Max, Faith


NAME:
LILLY


BREED:
PIT BULL


AGE:
9 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
DAVID R. LANTEIGNE


HOMETOWN:
BOSTON, MA


Adopted from a shelter as a companion for David's mom, Christine, Lilly quickly bonded with her new family. On the night of May 3, 2012, this bond would be tested.

This night Christine lay unconscious on the railroad tracks near their home. As a train roared toward them, the engineer say Lilly frantically pulling Christine off the tracks. The engineer attempted to avoid a tragedy but could not stop the train in time.

Lilly was successful in pulling Christine from the tracks, but she was not as fortunate. Lilly took the brunt of the impact with the train resulting in life threatening injuries.

Even so, as first responders arrived on the scene, they found Lilly, herself gravely injured, standing guard over an unconscious Christine. Lilly was un-phased by the whirlwind of emergency activity; she remained calm as christine, then she was attented to.

Lilly's injuries resulted in the loss of her right leg and several additional severe injuries. Her heroic efforts in saving Christine have not only elevated her to a hero but she now serves as a goodwill ambassador for her breed.

For this heroic act, Scout & Zoe's is proud to bestow Lilly our Exceptional Canine award.

Good girl Lilly!








NAME:
KILO


BREED:
BELGIAN MALINOIS


AGE:
7 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
OFFICER MARTY DULWORTH


HOMETOWN:
ANDERSON, INDIANA


Spirited and strong, Kilo was born in Germany and found his calling when he became a K9 officer with the Anderson, Indiana Police Department. In his three years with the force, this hard-working canine officer and his partner were responsible for 242 narcotic arrests and 86 apprehensions.

Both at work and at home, Kilo and his partner, Officer Marty Dulworth were inseparable. Their bond transcended that of most K9s and officers. Dulworth referred to himself and Kilo as “The A Team."

On the night of July 26, 2012, Kilo and Officer Dulworth responded to a call in Pendleton, IN. The suspect had a gun and the situation was escalating rapidly. When the duo arrived on the scene, a gun battle with the perpetrator ensued. Both Dulworth and Kilo were shot. Kilo did what he was trained to do; he protected his partner with his own body and to the very last beat of his own heart.

For this act of heroism and for giving the ultimate sacrifice, Scout & Zoe’s is proud to award Kilo, posthumously, our Exceptional Canine Award.

Thank you for making our community safer, your force stronger and for saving your partner’s life. God’s speed Kilo!








NAME:
MAGNUM


BREED:
BELGIAN MALINOIS


AGE:
3 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
OFFICER MATT JARRETT


HOMETOWN:
ANDERSON, INDIANA


Dutch by birth and a natural at law enforcement, Magnum joined the Anderson, Indiana Police Department in January, 2011. During his career, Magnum and his partner were credited with 26 narcotic arrests and 34 apprehensions with one of those on his very first day on the force.

Magnum was equally at ease in his dual roles of K9 officer and loving pet to his partner Officer Marty Jarrett and his family. While Magnum could play fetch with the best of them, he really loved to work!

The morning of August 18, 2012 Officer Jarrett and Magnum were called into action for a bank robbery. The perpetrator disappeared into a wooded residential area. Magnum, known for his keen tracking abilities initiated the manhunt while officers followed. The K9 officer located his target and leapt for the apprehension. Armed with a gun, the robber shot; Magnum sustained critical injuries. The perpetrator was apprehended; officers lives were saved.

To the very end, Magnum fought for duty, honor and country. For this last heroic act as well as a career rich with accomplishments, Scout & Zoe’s is proud to bestow, posthumously, our Exceptional Canine Award to Magnum.

Thank you for protecting those you loved and your community from harm to the last beat of your heart. God’s speed, Magnum!





NAME:
SHEBA


BREED:
MINIATURE ROTTWEILER


AGE:
4 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
JOHN GREEN


HOMETOWN:
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA


Adopted from the Humane Society of Indianapolis in October, Sheba instantly became part of the family. But on December 23rd, she proved she was a lifesaver.

John was having a heart attack and couldn't get his dad's attention. Sheba went into the other room, jumped on John's dad's bed and licked his face until he came out and found John. 911 was called. John was rushed to the hospital and within minutes of having the heart attack and went into surgery to have stents put into his heart. Those precious minutes meant the difference between life and death.

Originally John was looking at a different dog to adopt, but chose Sheba. She obviously thanked him in a very special way.

For intuitively knowing when to get help and saving her papa's life, Scout & Zoe's is proud to bestow upon Sheba our Exceptional Canine award. Sheba continues to earn her stripes alerting John to his dad's special needs during the night.

Good girl, Sheba!








NAME:
OLLIE


BREED:
BOXER


AGE:
6 MONTHS


PARENTS:
THE HYDE FAMILY


HOMETOWN:
CANTON, GEORGIA


While Ollie’s family was decorating their home for Christmas, Ollie began agitated. When his family did not respond, he began nudging and prodded his family to let him outside. Once he was outside the house, he refused to go back inside. With his head up and back arched, he would not budge. The entire family followed Ollie outside to see what was wrong with the pup. Once his pack was outside, Ollie relaxed. Jason, Ollie’s dad, then realized the gas fireplace had been turned on but the flame had not been lit.

Ollie had smelled the gas pouring from the fireplace as it was spreading throughout their home. When the family joined Ollie in the yard, they realized they had just dodged a disaster. Any open flame such as a candle would have caused the gas to ignite.

For saving his family from imminent danger, Scout & Zoe’s is proud to bestow our Exceptional Canine Award on Ollie. Being ever diligent and aware of his surroundings, he protected the lives of the people whom he loves the most in the world.

Good boy, Ollie!








NAME:
TARGET


BREED:
GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX


AGE:
1 1/2 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
SGT. TERRY YOUNG


HOMETOWN:
PHOENIX, ARIZONA


Shot at by the Taliban while roaming the war-torn streets of Afghanistan as a stray and blasted by explosives, Target was adopted by American soldiers at a forward base in Paktia, Afghanistan.

Late one February night, Target and her pals Sasha and Rufus confronted a suicide bomber approaching the barracks. The trio alerted their U.S. troop family of approaching danger and attacked the bomber. The bomber then detonated his explosives in the doorway of the building. Had the loyal canines not been present, the bomber would have killed every soldier in the building that fateful night.

Target and Rufus survived the blast; Sasha did not. Their heroic efforts saved 50 soldiers from harm. Following the attack, Target and Rufus, having more than earned their stripes, were treated as members of the platoon.

Through the efforts of many, Target and Rufus were brought to the United States to live out their lives with soldiers they had saved in Afghanistan.

For this act of bravery, complete selflessness and dedication to those she regarded as family, Target is awarded, posthumously, the Scout & Zoe's Dogore Exceptional Canine Award. Thank you, Target. God's speed little angel.








NAME:
BUDDY


BREED:
GERMAN SHEPHARD


AGE:
5 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
BEN HEINRICHS


HOMETOWN:
WILLOW CREEK, ALASKA


Buddy has earned his place as a hero by guiding an Alaska State Trooper through the woods, down three desolate roads to his owner’s burning house.

Buddy ran to the road and intercepted the trooper; the GPS unit in the trooper’s car had frozen. The trooper instinctively followed Buddy as he ran down the wooded roads. As Buddy ran, he kept looking back to ensure the trooper was following him. The entire incident was captured via dash cam in the trooper’s squad car.

With no formal training in search and rescue, Buddy acted instinctively and vigilantly to save his family and their home.

For his heroism, Buddy was awarded a stainless steel bowl engraved with words of appreciation from the Alaska State Troopers.

For this act of vigilance and dedication to his family, Buddy is awarded Scout & Zoe’s Exceptional Canine Award. Good Boy Buddy!






NAME:
MAX


BREED:
GERMAN SHEPHARD


AGE:
15 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
ANNETTE & TONY
ZINTSMASTER



HOMETOWN:
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA


Max earned his place as a hero through a long career in search and rescue. Training for search and rescue began at the age of eight weeks. Many missions for the FEMA Indiana Task Force 1, along with Max’s irrepressible attitude and work ethic, prepared him for his final mission in 2001 - Ground Zero in New York City.

Ever agile and accurate, Max and mom/handler Annette, worked twelve hour shifts each night for a week, reverently searching smoldering stacks of twisted iron and concrete for survivors.

Max doubled as a Ground Zero therapy dog for firefighters and police officers, holding still as these first responders silently embraced him during shifts amidst the heart-wrenching scenes and ragged terrain.

The ultimate team member, Max retired from active search and rescue service at age seven. Always the working dog, he still looks forward to daily romps in the yard with Kaiser and Jago, his doggie brothers.

For these acts of heroism, Scout & Zoe are proud to present Max as their very first Dog Lore Exceptional Canine recipient. Good Boy, Max!






NAME:
FAITH


BREED:
Labrador-chow mix


AGE:
8 YEARS OLD


PARENTS:
LAURA STRINGFELLOW


HOMETOWN:
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA


Faith has earned her place in Dog Lore history by being a survivor! Born without her front legs, Faith learned to walk upright on her two hind legs. An inspiration for disabled people globally, Faith is a daily reminder that no obstacle is too large to overcome.

Her list of accolades is extensive: reading therapy dog, honorary sergeant in the U.S. Army, national talk show appearances, comforting the down-hearted and most importantly, visiting soldiers returning to the States from war in far flung portions of the world.

Faith regularly visits veteran's hospitals across the country providing soldiers with actual proof that life can and does continue in a positive and fulfilling way following the debilitating wounds of war.

For these acts of selflessness, Scout & Zoe are proud to present Faith with our Dog Lore Exceptional Canine Award. Good Girl, Faith!