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Scully Needs Your Vote

Thanks and high paws to everyone who voted to help Scully advance in the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Scully is currently in eighth place and needs your help to become a finalist.

Log on to and click here to vote for him in the service dog category. Voting ends on June 30. If he is the top vote-getter, Scully will walk the red carpet and be recognized at a star-studded awards show on October 2, 2012 when the winning Hero Dog will be announced.

Scully, a lab/golden retriever mix, was nominated by Canine Companions for Independence for his work helping patients who have recently suffered a stroke or brain injury. Along with his handler, Elizabeth Penny, Scully provides therapy by letting patients groom, walk or feed him and serves as “pure motivation”, especially for pediatric patients.

Created two years ago, the Hero Dog Awards celebrate the contributions of our four-legged friends who offer a comforting paw during times of need, protect our communities, and serve as first responders during emergencies.

The real winners are the patients of all ages Scully helps at Wake Med. Just recently, Scully helped a spinal cord injury patient and his 3-year-old daughter reconnect as she adjusted to the reality of his injury.  Scully has also helped patients improve their memory and word retrieval, their socialization skills, balance, and range of motions. Patients who have worked with Scully often experience more self-confidence and the motivation to participate in daily activities.