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Past Inductees

Subcategories from this category: Hero, Professional, Companion

In March of 2007, Raina Hockenberry adopted a Golden Retriever named Page to be a companion for Kiegen, her 10-year-old son. Kiegen is bipolar, and has a form of autism. Due to these issues, Kiegen sometimes has trouble with socialization, communicating with others.

Soon after Page was adopted she was brought in to see her veterinarian for an exam. Tests revealed that Page had distemper. During these first exams, Dr. Brook Lewis noticed that Kiegen appeared agitated, hesitant, and frustrated with the activities in the exam room.

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There is no way Melvin Reiten could have predicted the loyalty and dedication of Sadie, a Shepherd/Collie mix, when he brought her home from an animal shelter in 2003.
One day in March 2004, Melvin was felling damaged trees near his home. Sadie was by his side, hoping to lend a paw with the task at hand. Suddenly a large chunk broke off the top of a tree, hitting Melvin's lower back and crushing six of his vertebrae.

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Daria, a three-year-old Bouvier des Flandres, belongs to Karen Robotka of Westfield. Daria is registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc., and for the past two years Daria has been part of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program, offering her companionship and attention at Ethel Everhard Memorial Library in Westfield.

Some children have difficulty learning to read and get stressed, not because they aren't capable of reading, but because they get nervous, worrying about making mistakes. All those worries make it hard to focus. However, when they read with Daria, they start to relax, and forget about feeling self-conscious or nervous. Before they know it, they are enjoying the experience of reading, instead of dreading it.

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Many dogs have earned them the title of "man's best friend," (or in this case woman's best friend). Their selfless, unconditional dedication is often difficult to fathom. To make it even more mysterious, now and then a dog like Arianna comes along. Arianna is a Golden Retriever owned by Melissa and Jim Dais, of Hartford.

Melissa lives with two conditions, Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis. Fatigue and muscle weakness make daily tasks a challenge. At three years of age, Arianna began to show an ability to sense when Melissa would have health complications. With particular regularity, Arianna would cling to Melissa's side, with her head in Melissa's lap, up to a day before she would require hospitalization. On these days, Melissa would have no other indication about impending health complications, and only observes this behavior from Arianna at these times.

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Roxie, a 6-year-old Boxer, is a hero to all who know her. Roxie lives with her owner, Emily Quisling and Emily's roommate, Sharon in Chippewa Falls.

Sharon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer over two years ago and receives chemotherapy treatments. The night of August 30, 2011 was not an average night in the Quisiling home.

Roxie usually sleeps in the living room but that night she slept on the floor next to Sharon's bed. During the night, Sharon woke up to go to the bathroom and began to seizure. Roxie quickly ran to Sharon's side and then went to alert Emily.

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The story of Spike's heroism centers on his best friend, 12 year-old Cody Sullivan. Cody is a "special needs" boy who was born with an atrial septal defect that was repaired with open-heart surgery when he was two-years-old. What the Sullivans did not know was that Cody also had a rare, life threatening, neurological condition.

On a night in March 2002, Cody's parents Shawn and Angie awoke to Spike in their bedroom crying and whining at their bedside. This was unusual, because he had not awoken them at night since his potty-training days, and very rarely came up the stairs where the bedrooms were located. Angie tried to calm Spike and send him downstairs, but he was insistent. Spike led her to Cody's bedroom. Once there, Cody slowly awoke. He was disoriented and complained that his head hurt and that he could not move the left side of his body. It seemed that Spike knew Cody needed help.

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The first award to be presented is the Professional award, which is given to pets that provide specially trained assistance. Winnie is this year's winner. She is a seven-year-old Black Lab, belonging to Pat Risch of Dodgeville.

For the past six years, Pat, who is a Registered Nurse, has regularly brought Winnie to visit the residents of Bloomfield Manor. Bloomfield Manor is a skilled nursing facility, licensed to provide care for 85 geriatric residents.

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Brooke is a living memorial to her first human companion, "Musky" Mike Kitchen. Musky Mike, who owned a bait shop in Okauchee, WI, adopted Brooke when she was a puppy. Mike was active in his community, with a fondness for charity. He even was the founder of the popular Lake Country Iron Man Fishing Tournament. Everyone in the tiny village knew Brooke, because she never left Mike's side. Brooke even served as the mascot for Musky Mike's bait shop. Many fishermen brought her special treats, and children often visited the bait shop just to pet Brooke.

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Arlene Winchell, of Pardeeville, has Multiple Sclerosis, uses a wheelchair and depends on her Golden Retriever Lucky to help with day-to-day activities. Lucky's duties include opening and closing doors, picking up things from the floor, and even fetching a can of soda from the refrigerator when Arlene asks.

But on a late night in March 2004, Lucky's loyalty to Arlene was proven through an act of heroism. On what was an ordinary evening, Arlene fell asleep in her living room while watching TV. Around 1 a.m. she was awoken by Lucky firmly nudging her arm. Arlene immediately knew something was wrong, because it was much too late for Lucky to ask to go outside. When she wheeled herself out of the front room, Arlene could see flames engulfing the southern portion of her house near her bedroom.

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Rosie is a four-year-old Alaskan Malamute, that is certified to visit the sick and elderly. She belongs to Jim and Lynn Dutcher, of Green Bay.

Jim and Lynn received Rosie in 2002. She was originally bred to be a show dog, but was ineligible, because her two bottom teeth are slightly crooked. For this reason, and because Rosie would also sometimes fight with her sister who is a show dog, her original owners decided to find Rosie a good home.

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