Distinguished Service Awards

Established in 1990

The ASDCA currently recognizes the following Service Dog Award divisions and categories:

OUTSTANDING SERVICE DOG AWARD:
Category #1: For an ASD whose actions, WITHOUT INPUT & ACTING INDEPENDENT OF OWNER’S DIRECTION, saved a person’s life or saved a person from harm (OUR TOP HERO AWARD).

Category #2: For an ASD who, WITHOUT HUMAN INPUT & ACTING INDEPENDENT OF OWNER’S DIRECTION, prevented property from being damaged or a crime from being committed.

DISTINGUISHED LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN AWARD:
For an ASD whose specific action, TAKEN WITHOUT HUMAN INPUT OF ANY KIND AND DEMONSTRATIVE OF THE BEST IN WORKING GUARDIAN ABILITY, saved an animal’s life, or saved an animal from harm (OUR TOP ASDCA LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN AWARD).

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:
For an ASD that serves as a Physical Therapy Dog, Service Dog, Seeing Eye Dog, Hearing dog, or any other human assistance dog. In this capacity, the ASD distinguished itself.

To streamline the awards, the six service dog award categories were combined into four divisions/categories in 2012 and a two-year time limit was established. As in the past, these awards are not necessarily given each year. Each ASD nominated for an award must be truly deserving by going OVER AND ABOVE WHAT THESE DOGS DO ON A DAILY BASIS to win an award.

The original awards designed in 1990 were:

OUTSTANDING SERVICE DOG AWARDS:
Category #1: For an ASD whose actions, without human input and acting independent of owner’s direction, saved a person’s life (this is our “Hero” top award).

Category #2: For an ASD who, without human input and acting independent of owner’s direction, saved a person from a harmful event.

Category #3: For an ASD who, without human input and acting independent of owner’s direction, saved an animal from a life-threatening event or prevented property from being damaged (this category is for pets rather than livestock).

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:
Category #4: For an ASD who sought out and became a “special friend” to someone with a handicap or disability. This action should be similar to a trained seeing-eye dog or other trained dog. however, the dog is performing the action without human input (for trained dogs – see Service Award).

DISTINGUISHED LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN AWARD:
Category #5: For an ASD who has prevented loss of livestock as a single action or over a period of time. We need to have information on stock Losses.

SERVICE AWARD:
Category #6: For an ASD trained to serve as a seeing eye dog, hearing dog, therapy dog, or other trained working dog.

The following dogs were honored for their actions as the recipients of these awards throughout the years:
2017
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award – Category 4
RBR Kasirga At White Star (Kevlar)

Outstanding Service Award – Category 6
Sakarya’s Guardian of the Relm at Loma (Cooper)

2016
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award:
Birinci’s Mad Hatter (Chunk)

2015:
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One:
CH Panthera Tulliana of Cougar Ridge (Tulli)
CH Island Farm’s Kensington (Kenzo)

2014:
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award
Amerikan Mulayim (Fluffy)

2013:
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One
American Shakira
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award
BISS Ch. Horizon’s Zafer (Rocky)

2012:
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: GCH Carpe Diem’s Old School (Gator)
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Two: Island Farm’s Hemmingway
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award: Lucky Hit Divakiz Rondo Alla Turca (Rondo)
Distinguished Service Award: GCH Full Circle’s Sasquatch

2011
Distinguished Service Award Category: CH Birinci’s Chocolate Frog
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Four: BA Birinci Cadde
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Five: CH Birinci’s Hurricane Agnes

2010: NO AWARDS GIVEN

2009
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Carpe Diem’s Champagne (Anya) and Gerlach Zorlu Veli (Zor)
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Four: Birinci’s Sage
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Five: Pinarbasi’s Tamum (Charlie)

2008
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Tamoora’s Amir
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Four: Night Watch’s Trip to Horizon

2007
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Two: Birinci’s Zira Grace
Distinguished Service Award Category Three: Birinci’s Dancing Banjo
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Five: Birinci’s Caesar Chavez (Murray)

2006
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Four: Golden Gate’s Island Snowstorm (Sasha)

2005
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Birinci’s Puff the Dragon
Distinguished Service Award Category Three: Kandira’s Firtina of Sakarya
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Four: Birinci’s Big Green Toad

2004
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Growlsburg’s Melek Kopek Yavrusu (Melek)
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Daniska’s Fesat Fiona CGC (Fiona)

2003
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Marshall
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Five: Ebeling’s Kasif (Casey)

2000 & 2001 & 2002: NO AWARDS GIVEN

1999
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Two: Mangham Manor’s Kayirici Yoldas
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Three: Birinci’s Alphie
Service Award Category Six: Full Circle’s Zoe Gizelle
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Two: Buyuk Hoja of Cankaya Tepe
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Two: Hat Creek’s I Feel Lucky
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Dog Award Category Five: Birinci’s Levi Strauss

1998
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Three: Alaturka’s Kafadar

1997
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Three: Sakarya’s Hasad
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award Category Five: Ebeling’s Texas Daisy

1996
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category One: Canon Creek’s Germek
Outstanding Service Dog Award Category Two: Birinci’s Raj
Outstanding Service Dog Award: Canon Creek’s Benim Kocaman Arkadas 1995
Outstanding Livestock Guardian Award: Kibar Kodaman Boaz
Outstanding Service Award: Clear Lake’s Lugenbach (Luke)

1994
Service Award: Ebeling’s Texas Bluebonnet (Sabu)

1993
Outstanding Service Dog Award: Cokely’s Nikita
Distinguished Livestock Guardian Award: Smoke

1992
Distinguished Service Award: Sakarya’s Akingi (Sport)
Service Award: Sakarya’s Manika CD, TDI
Service Award: Clearlake’s Bandera
Outstanding Service Award: B.A. Iron Eyes Cody

1991: NO AWARDS GIVEN

1990
Service Award Winner: Pinarbasi’s King