(spcaLA) A German Shepherd named Bear, a former shelter dog from Millsap, Texas was spcaLA’s 30th Annual National Hero Dog.
Calif. Group Gives Texas Dog National Hero Award
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MAY 15, 2012

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles presented its 30th Annual National Hero Dog Award™ to Bear, a 5 year-old Shiloh German Shepherd from Millsap, Texas. The ceremony was held at the Nokia Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. spcaLA was the first organization in Los Angeles to present an award of this nature, and the spcaLA National Hero Dog Award™ continues to be a testament to how being kind to animals can be rewarding in so many ways.
Debbie Zeisler has suffered from seizures since a riding accident 18 years ago. Her adopted dog Bear, with no formal training has learned to detect when a seizure is coming. In May of 2011, Bear tried to stop her from going outside, but she pushed past him. Almost immediately, she was hit with a seizure, fell down the front steps of her home and hit her head. She was out cold. Bear ran from house to house, scratching on the front doors, trying to find help. Bear was about a block away from home when, as luck would have it, an animal control officer from Parker County spotted him. With Bear’s help, the officer found Debbie lying in the hot sun, disoriented and confused. Paramedics were called and Bear rode with Debbie in the ambulance to the hospital.
Bear, who was adopted from a shelter, has no formal training as a service dog. He naturally developed the ability to sense an oncoming seizure. He directs Debbie to take her medication every morning and on occasion, has fetched it for her.
“This just goes to show how amazing shelter dogs can be,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein, "If Debbie had not adopted Bear, where would she and Bear be today? The bond between an animal and his human companion is powerful and life-saving."
The presenting sponsor of spcaLA’s National Hero Dog Award™ is Natural Balance Pet Foods. The 2011 spcaLA National Hero Dog™ and family will receive a gift basket and a year’s supply of pet food donated by Natural Balance Pet Foods and a commemorative plaque from spcaLA. Air travel for the spcaLA National Hero Dog™ and family is courtesy of Southwest Airlines. Lodging in Los Angeles for the spcaLA National Hero Dog™ and family is courtesy of the pet-friendly The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel.
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