The award was made at the German Shepherd Dog National Show held in Canberra 16 - 19.5.2014. The National Show is held yearly and rotates between several state and the ACT.
The special service award was designed to acknowledge outstanding service by one or two German Shepherd professional service dogs, usually police dogs, in that year in their state.
This is the first time this award has been bestowed on a volunteer service dog and this gives it special meaning. the award also provided a natural completion of the sponsorship the GSD community provided Jochen and Elke that enabled them to spend three months in Switzerland in 2014 for high-level canine USAR training and assessment.
Jochen received a framed certificate and a beautiful bronze statute of two German Shepherd dogs, one sitting and one lying.
Dawn Fraser has become the new Patron of the German Shepherd Dog Australian National Council and attended the National Show in Canberra this year as her first official visit. We thank her for agreeing to pose with Jochen. Dawn Fraser is a very proud owner of a German Shepherd Dog herself.