Fritz didn’t have a five-star start. He was a stray in East St. Louis when Peter and Patty Fiordimondo took the Doberman Pinscher in. After trashing their furniture, the Fiorimondos got help and what they got for all their love and work was a certified hero. Three-year-old Fritz just won the Animal Protective Association of Missouri’s 2005 Courageous Canine Award.
From being an overachieving house-wrecker, Fritz has gone on to being admired by many. He’s received Canine Good Citizenship and Temperament test Titles. He volunteers for the children’s summer camp at the American Kennel Club’s Dog Museum, He’s a hospital therapy Dog and he recently spoke at the Brain Injury Association. Oh yeah, in his spare time he gives blood. Lassie move over! Here comes Fritz.
Two other dogs were also honored by the APA of Missouri.
Seven-year-old German Shepherd mix Kodiak Bear touches at-risk teens by letting them touch her to groom her. She has reached over 1500 teens so far.
Six-year-old Alaskan Malamute Milele is a therapy dog, visiting seniors and St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf. She also serves as Safety Sam, teaching children how to approach dogs to avoid getting bitten.
Congratulations and thanks to all three dogs!