This is my favorite subject for this column: Dog Heroes for the past year.
* The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presented its 2006 Humane Award to Lucy, a 5-year-old German shepherd dog, for rescuing her human family and four other dogs from a burning house. Lucy was found on the streets of Chicago and taken to a municipal shelter. Scheduled to be euthanized, she was selected by the Quincy Humane Society for foster care. She was adopted by Jennifer and Keith Gorsuch of Littleton, Ill. The night of the fire, she, alone, detected smoke and alerted the adults thereby rescuing the family including an 11-year-old daughter. The four other dogs slept through the excitement until roused by the owners.
Lucy was selected from 600 nominees, giving the judges a hard time making the final choice.
* Shana, a crossbred wolf-German shepherd received the Citizens for Humane Animal Treatments Hero's Award for bravery. The award is normally given to a human.