While Mineral Point resident Lisa Edge’s dog, Noah, didn’t make it to the finals for a national competition, it hasn’t stopped the pair from spreading their anti-bullying message.
Noah, a blind bichon poodle mix with deformed hind legs, was a semifinalist in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, a national competition that acknowledges the achievements of dogs and their owners.
Voting for the competition closed July 22 and Edge heard back from organizers via email at the beginning of July that Noah didn’t make it to the final round.
“Of course we were disappointed,” Edge said. “However, the way I look at it, I wasn’t even expecting him to make it to this point being that he’s only a year and a half.”
Noah, who often scoots around via a customized wheelchair, competed in the “emerging hero” category, and was one of 24 semifinalists across eight categories. Other categories included rescue and therapy dogs.
Edge said she plans to enter Noah into the competition again next year.
The two visit schools and nursing homes across southern Wisconsin to educate about accepting differences and bullying. [Read the full article….]