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Canine heroes to be honoured at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

Posted on : 20 June 2019

Man’s best friend will again be honoured at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show Canine Hero Awards and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is again calling for stories of brave New South Wales canines making a difference in society.

The Canine Hero Awards recognise and celebrate a “Service Dog”, an animal who has displayed an act of loyalty, bravery or has conducted a lifesaving feat in the course of its duties, also a “Companion Dog”, a canine who continues to transform lives through its selfless service to a human handler or owner.

Two canines honoured at a special ceremony at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter Show are true reflections of these qualities;

Koda a NSW Police Service Dog found an 82-year-old tourist who had been lost for almost two days in unfamiliar surroundings and had collapsed in thick scrub and extreme temperatures in the Hills District of Sydney.

Another Koda has a different mission in life - a diabetic alert dog who has been protecting now four-year-old Mirandah Wilson since she was five months old, alerting her parents when Mirandah’s blood levels are dangerously low and already saving her life on numerous occasions.

Our canine family are often overlooked when it comes to their heroic acts, but like the two Kodas’, the RAS knows there are numerous untold stories that deserve to be heard and honoured.

Do you know a Canine Hero? If so, why not enter the 2019 Canine Hero Awards.

Two Canines’ will be honoured at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show in a ceremony which precedes the naming of Sydney Royal’s “ADVANCE™ Best in Show”.

The Canine Hero Awards are;

AAR Service Dog Award

Open to any dog that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed exemplary commitment to a service or government organisation.

AAR Companion Dog Award

Open to any dog in private ownership that through a single act or over a period of time has displayed in an exceptional way the human-animal bond.

Judges from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will select finalist and the ultimate winners will be invited to attend the ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show, Best in Show on 22 April 2019 to receive their award.


Honoured recipients will receive $1500 cash prize in each category by the Australasian Animal Registry (AAR).

How to enter:

Please complete the Awards Entry form and forward to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with a high resolution picture of you/the dog.

Complete the attached entry form and email your entry to


Post your entry to:


Canine Hero Awards

Locked bag 4317

Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

Entries must include a completed and signed entry form, photograph and narrative description.

Closing date: Thursday 28th February 2019


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