America's Top Dog on A&E premiered last night! Wow, what an experience! We drove out to Santa Clarita, California in June and filmed this new show!
I had such a blast on this course! There were real world obstacles/scenarios and things I had to learn how to do in just over two weeks. It was a lot of fun to meet other dogs and their handlers from across the country. Keep on watching, we hope to be back for Season 2!
We had a great time visiting with and doing a k9 demonstration for this fine group of scouts! Thank you for having us!
October 21, 2019 - What an honor to be part of the today Show in New York! We had a great time on the segment promoting the Hero Dog Awards. Before heading home, we paid our respects to the 9-11 Memorial.
Here is our Hero Dog Law Enforcement Video Package and photos from the day the film crew came out to Lake County!
Thank you for making me your Law Enforcement Hero Dog! Whan an honor to be part of this 2019 Class and represent the Lake County Sheriff's Office. While in Hollywood, We also promoted the Hero Dog Awards on Hallmark's Home and Family and Access Daily!
Deputy John Forlenza and K9 Dax
October 5, 2019
Hero Dog Awards
Good evening. I would like to thank God first and foremost for creating our Hero Dogs and allowing them to courageously enrich and interact in our lives like no other of His creatures can do.
Thank you to American Humane and our sponsor, Zoetis makers of Simperica, for the honor of being part of this experience.
Thank you to my family, who give Dax and I unconditional love and the courage to go out the door every night.
I’d also like to thank Sheriff Idleburg, Undersheriff Oliver, the Lake County administration, command, deputies, fellow K9 handlers and our trainers, especially my mentors and friends Alex and Paula Rothacker.
Thank you to all of Dax’s supporters who voted and fill an important role in his success.
Lastly, to my partner Dax, a warrior for good. Dax you have saved my life and the lives of so many others more times than I will ever know. You are admired for your courage, noble qualities, and your outstanding achievements... and all you ask for in return is love and play. I’m a better person because of you, and the world is a better and safer place. You will always be my hero.
In the past few weeks, I have been honored to accept Resolutions from the Illinois House of Representatives and Lake County Board. Thank you!
United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) REgion 19 Certification and Trial - Sterling Heights, Michigan
We had a lot of fun doing demos at the 2019 Lake County Fair! Thank you everyone who came out to support the fair and Sheriff's Office!
Thank you for your support Lake County (and Beyond)! We are going to Hollywood! Best of luck to all the Hero Dog Finalists!
Thank you to everyone who voted and supported such an amazing organization, American Humane! Congratulations to my fellow k9s, Duke and Harley! The finalist for our category will be announced soon! Stay Tuned...