Westminster's Sadie was a top 8 finalist in the Cesar's Hero Dog Award competition earning $5000 for the National Fire Dog Monument.
The 400,000 public votes that were cast helped reach the charitable goal of a $200,000 donation by cesar® canine cuisine to American Humane Association, which will support therapy dogs to continue helping people in need across America.
In the darkness comes light, in confusion comes answers. "Man's Best Friend is an Arsonist Worst Nightmare". Sadie is a 5 year old Black Labrador Retriever. Sadie has been a nationally certified accelerant detection K-9 since May of 2007. Sadie works in the Major Crimes Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She has worked approximately 400 fires, and has assisted in cases resulting in numerous arrests. Sadie has never lost in court. Sadie has worked numerous high profile arson/homicide cases where her nose has detected critical evidence for collection and prosecution. Sadie has worked in extreme environments (high rise buildings, collapsing structures, snow covered mountains) and never missed a call to duty. Sadie has an incredibly friendly demeanor. She conducts approximately 50 K-9 demonstrations a year to promote fire safety and fire prevention. Sadie had been recognized for numerous awards including the "Golden Paws" Award for life-saving and heroic acts, the "Hero Medal" from the Masonic Lodge, and is a co-partner in being recognized as "Colorado Peace Officer of the Year". Any K-9 who unconditionally serves the public while placing their own safety in jeopardy deserves our praise and admiration. I have witnessed Sadie's commitment to her job and community first hand and it is second to none, which motivates me to nominate her for this honor. She is truely an ambassador for all working dogs, and I am humbled to be her partner.