Establishment of the Harry Award: August 9, 2008
August 5th, 2008, we lost one of our long time K9 Nose Work dogs, Harry, the Beauceron. He was slated to run in our Inaugural Fun Nose Work Competition on August 9th with his handler and owner, Penny Scott-Fox. He had a great talent for nose work, agility and working trials and we will miss him dearly.
Harry and Penny shared a rare and special bond from the very start of their relationship. In early 2002, Harry was brought into the Pasadena Humane Society, partially shaved and very shy. Seeing something unique in Harry, Penny chose him for a photo shoot requiring him to lie down on a bench between two uniformed animal control officers. Amazed at how easily Harry responded to Penny's training him to lie down, she continued to train Harry hoping that he would catch someone's eye and be adopted. Gradually, Penny trained Harry to do many amazing things, and one day it hit her, Harry was her dog.
Harry went home to live with Penny, her son, two beagles, and two cats, and he fit right in. Penny and Harry trained in K9 Nose Work, agility, and English Working trials, where Harry performed many unbelievable feats. Penny has often said that Harry was extraordinary in every way, and that the two of them were able to perform activities that either one alone could not have accomplished.
In loving memory and honor of Harry, the noble dog, we presented at our Inaugural Competition, pronouncement of the Harry Award. The Harry Award is given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work at the NW1 level.
Read about some of the past Harry Award winners and their stories here.