Local dog is finalist in national hero contest

Prozac of Sanford, 3-year-old Bichon Frise-poodle mix

March 8, 2010 7:29:28 AM PST
A local dog's heroics are earning him praise from around the country.

Prozac is a 3-year-old Bichon Frise-poodle mix from Sanford. His owners say they named their dog Prozac because he makes everybody happy.

He's a finalist in the Dogs of Valor Awards, a national contest hosted by the Humane Society of the United States. The contest celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring dogs who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need.

Click here to learn more about the Third Annual Dogs of Valor Awards

Prozac's heroics include waking up his neighbor's when their house was on fire and barking to alert family members about their 94-year-old aunt's breathing problems.

Internet votes and a panel of celebrity judges will decide the winner.

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