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In memory of Hero, Albany’s shelter dog

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On Sept. 1, a noble heart was stilled. Hero died as he lived – with dignity and grace, and surrounded by love.

The measure of a life does not depend on the number of legs walked on, but by the legacy left behind.

hero-dogHero’s legacy is his life spent in service to his community as a representative of the Albany Humane Society and his work as a Delta Society Pet Partner. He spent 13 of his 14 years on this earth bringing smiles to the sick, the lonely and those left behind. He was always eager and happy to visit his friends, rest his great yellow head on a knee and listen. He cared for everyone without judgment. Given a second chance by the humane society, he helped raise awareness of homeless animals, promoted spaying and neutering, and taught children to be kind to all living things. A cancer survivor, Hero raised awareness of pet health.

Founder and lead dog of Albany’s Paws Patrol from 1996 until 2009, Hero was named the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Hero Dog of the Year in 2004, Delta Society Beyond Limits Pet Partners Award in 2005 and awarded the Pedigree Paws to Recognize Canine Hero Tribute in 2006 – thanks to everyone in Albany and around the country who voted for him.

A public memorial celebration of the life of our adopted shelter dog will be held at the Albany Humane Society at 5 p.m. Thursday with a blessing of the animals by Father Cross from Church of the Holy Spirit in Dawson. Please join us and bring your pets to be blessed.

Those wishing to honor Hero’s memory are asked to make a donation to the Albany Humane Society or the Delta Society.

Our hearts are broken by the loss of our Hero, but our spirits are lifted knowing that this gentle soul left the world just a little bit better for his presence in it. As long as shelter dogs are adopted and the Delta Society Pet Partner teams he left behind keep volunteering; the world will continue to be just a little bit better every day.

By Martin and Jeff Harris, PHOTO BY GREG JANNEY 2005.

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  1. Greg Janney says:

    I was honored to photograph Hero for the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Hero award in 2005.

    Hero was an incredible dog, and I enjoyed working with him for his 2005 photo shoot, along with meeting his human handlers.

    I mourn your loss greatly as my Aussie border collie Jaz (my constant companion & hiking buddy for 13 years) died of advanced Lyme disease in my home on 22 Jan 2010.

    My friend Tanya Cox stated that the horrible pain of losing a pet is “our” price to pay for our pet’s unconditional love. Well said.

    I am thankful that I had the chance to meet Hero and capture his GVMA award photo. Again, my condolences on his passing.

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