The Seidner family first met Milo as a puppy while on vacation in 1994. Out of all the puppies in the litter, he stood out. Milo had a special way of interacting differently with each member of the family - playful and rough with some, while gentle and loving with others. The decision to adopt Milo was an easy one.
Libby's story is a real testimonial to the refined senses that alert animals when things aren't quite as they should be. No one knows how Libby sensed the danger to her neighbor's life that cold winter night.
What we do know is that Libby persistently tried to wake her owner Sandy late that night. In deep sleep, Sandy resisted, but Libby persisted by nudging her arm repeatedly until she awoke. Once awake, Sandy saw an urgency in Libby as she ran to the door and stood next to it barking. Knowing this was not part of Libby's usual behavior, Sandy got up and let Libby go outside. Libby ran next door and stood barking somewhere where Sandy could not see her. She did not stop barking until she finally persuaded Sandy to follow her.
Maria is a professional who was trained by her owner with the help of the Wisconsin Canine Search and Recovery Association.
Each year Maria passed national certification tests through the Colorado Department of Corrections Training Academy, the Law Enforcement Bloodhound Association, and the National Police Work Dog Association. Maria has been asked to find a bank robber's getaway route, drowning victims, disoriented psychiatric patients and many lost hikers and campers.
Spunky is "The Weather Dog" and star of "What's Spunky Sporting?" on Fox morning news in Milwaukee. Dr. Thomas Schumacher of Cedarburg Veterinary Clinic in Cedarburg, who nominated Spunky, says that he was told Spunky gets more fan mail than anyone at the station. Each morning, Spunky appears in the arms of Scott Steele, the weatherman, dressed for the weather. Spunky helps kids know what to wear outside in the morning. His wardrobe includes all the necessary Wisconsin wear: Packer jerseys, rain gear (such as boots, hat, jacket and umbrella) swim trunks and sunglasses, and of course, plenty of warm coats, hats and boots. But you don't get inducted into the Pet Hall of Fame for being a celebrity. Even Spunky knows that! Spunky's fame does not end with television. He goes to schools with Scott, teaching students about meteorology and does many fundraising events like Food for Families, Toys for Tots and animal shelter walks.
Molly was adopted from the West Bend Humane Society when she was four-years old by Charlotte Feldhake of Fond du Lac. Dr. Gessert describes the way Charlotte and Molly first met: "When Charlotte and Molly first met at the humane society, it was love at first sight." Molly has had a wonderful, nurturing home with Charlotte for the last seven years.