All of our judges are animal lovers and we thank them for their participation in recognizing the power of the human-animal bond.
Adrienne Maloof is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and a full-time mom who is widely recognized for her role on the hit reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Adrienne is co-owner in Maloof Enterprises, which included ownership of the NBA Sacramento Kings, and Houston Rockets, the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and in addition to numerous other entrepreneurial ventures. Adrienne herself has designed and launched a variety of fashion and accessory brands, including her most recent jewelry line, the Beverly Hills Collection by Adrienne Maloof.Read full bio
Ashlan & Philippe Cousteau
Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
Veteran entertainment journalist and adventure seeker Ashlan Gorse Cousteau has traveled the world to interview today’s biggest celebrities and cover a broad range of events and experiences from diving with great white sharks to working with youth saving the environment.
Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life-mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world.
At just 17, Bailee Madison is already one of the most proficient actresses in the business, effortlessly executing both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as establishing her presence in the world of philanthropy. With inherent charm, sharp intelligence, and a vibrant personality, Bailee Madison is a multitalented actress who has showcased her talent across the board.Read full bio
Blake Koch has created a major fan base in both the NASCAR community and the faith based market over the past three years. In 2009, with only 20 amateur races under his belt, he was recruited by Steve Portenga to join as the primary driver for the Richard Childress Driver development team in the NASCAR Camping World West Division. Blake achieved an impressive top ten finish in his rookie year by finishing the season eighth in points.Read full bio
Prince Lorenzo Borghese
Prince Lorenzo Borghese is a US and Italian citizen who was born in Milan, lived in Rome and outside Paris, and currently lives in New York City. Proud of his genealogy, his storied paternal ancestors include the cosmetic’s icon, Princess Marcella Borghese, Napoleon’s sister, Paulina Bonaparte Borghese, Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) and Cardinal Scipione Borghese, both of whom had an enormous influence on Italian art and beautifying Rome in the 1600s, and who helped finish St. Peter’s Basilica. The Borghese family name and crest can be found on the façade of the famous basilica.Read full bio
Jennifer Arnold is the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes and In a Dog’s Heart. Her third book is scheduled for release by Random House in Spring 2016. She is the Founder of Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that teaches service dogs to assist children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions, or other special needs. In addition, she’s the creator of Bond-Based Choice Teaching®, a methodology of living with and loving your dog based on trust and understanding. She lives on a farm in Milton, Georgia with her husband, son, and numerous animals. For more information on Jennifer and Canine Assistants please visit www.canineassistants.org or www.facebook.com/CanineAssistants.
Agent Jerry Means and K-9 Riley work as a team for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. K-9 Riley is Jerry’s third State Farm sponsored working dog since he started at the bureau. Jerry’s previous K-9 partner Sadie (Retired) was the winner of the 2011 American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards’ “Law Enforcement/Arson” category. Jerry and his K-9 partners are National Ambassadors for American Humane, and Jerry is a member of their rescue response team.Read full bio
Joanne Horowitz has been a Talent Manager for over thirty years, helping to guide the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest names, most notably, two-time Oscar Winner Kevin Spacey, and star of the current Netflix phenomenon HOUSE OF CARDS. Also on her roster are young, up-and-coming actors such as Scott Eastwood (FURY, THE LONGEST RIDE), Gavin Stenhouse (ALLEGIANCE), and Claudia Lee (HART OF DIXIE, KICK-ASS 2). Before becoming a talent manager, Joanne worked at STUDIO 54 in its heyday, and was head of publicity for UNITED ARTISTS. Joanne is a passionate animal lover and mother to two amazing rescue dogs, Trixie and Leo Horowitz.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
American film and television actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, who has been in the business since her early 20’s, is most known for her role as ‘Pam’, the fan-favorite vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, on HBO’s mega hit series “True Blood” now airing its sixth successful season. Kristin also portrayed the evil queen Maleficent in ABC’s fantasy drama “Once Upon A Time” as well as the feature film THE STORY OF LUKE opposite Cary Elwes and Seth Green.Read full bio
Laura Nativo, aka “The Fairy Dogmother, ” is a dog trainer, television host, celebrity dog mom, SUPer ocean athlete and passionate animal advocate! Laura has been featured on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” as their resident animal trainer & pet lifestyle expert, on CBS’ “Greatest American Dog,” and on countless national television shows.
Lisa has been married for 30 years to her husband Ken Todd, and together they have two children, Pandora 29 and Max 23. She has really adored being a mother, and since her children have grown she’s filled her nest with 4 legged furry friends. They are the loves of her life. Giggy (Gigolo), Lollipop, Pikachu, and Buki make their nest complete.Read full bio
Teen actor advocate Lou Wegner is National Youth Ambassador for American Humane and host of Young Hollywood For Humanity at the annual Hero Dog Awards in Beverly Hills. He was named Pet Hero of The Year by the Pet Philanthropy Circle, and is spokesperson for ASPCA, Subaru of America, Best Friends Animal Society and others. He is the first young celebrity crusader featured in National Geographic and was recently named a top five celebrity activist with Bruce Springsteen, Ted Danson, Yoko Ono and Edward Norton.Read full bio
Shara Strand is thrilled to be a judge for the Hero Dog awards for the fifth year in a row. She was honored to have open the 2014 Hero Dog Awards ceremony with her 2013 single, “I Will Carry You”. “I Will Carry You” celebrates the special bond between an animal and a human, and became a top 25 hit on the Billboard Dance Charts. www.sharastrand.com.
On television, Emmy Award winning actress Carolyn Hennesy has dazzled as the deliciously vicious “Penelope Ellis” on ABC’s critically acclaimed series REVENGE. She also joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga, TRUE BLOOD. On the big screen, Hennesy’s credits include CLICK starring Adam Sandler, LEGALLY BLONDE 2 and TERMINATOR 3 and she stars in the soon to be released horror film, ST. AGATHA. When not on set, Hennesy is privileged to lend her time to a number of causes but she focuses on animal rescue, preservation, conservation and advocacy with her online podcast, “Animal Magnetism” on www.ubnradio.com. She lives in her native Los Angeles with three dogs and one cat, rescues all.