Over one million people got their votes in for who they thought was deserving of the 2021 Hero Dog of the Year title - and four-year-old Boone took out the top spot!
Boone is a mix-breed dog who survived heartbreaking treatment as a puppy and beat over 400 other dogs to win the top spot.
Boone’s two back legs had to be amputated after the initial abuse, and he was fostered by a family with a soft spot for special needs pets. “He was calm as calm could be,” said Tanya Diable, his foster mum, who was so moved by the pup that she adopted him two hours later.
Boone’s family had him fitted with a wheelchair to improve his mobility, which immediately changed him. They said it was the first time he ever wagged his tail—and he’s been a dog on a mission ever since.
“The light bulb just clicked,” says Tanya. “He was amazing after that.”
The hound’s sweet nature and enthusiasm for life made him perfect for earning a certificate to become a therapy dog. He now goes to children’s hospitals and wherever he is need to help reduce stress in others.
Boone is also helping to erase perceptions around disabled dogs and their adoptability.
So well deserved! Go Boone!