The judges for the 2020 Hero Dog Awards competition will be announced soon!
Amy Purdy is a Paralympic snowboarder medaling once in 2014 and twice in 2018 making her the most awarded American Snowboarder in history. She’s a NY Times Best-Selling author and highly sought after motivational speaker. Additionally, Purdy is the founder of Adaptive Action Sports which trains individuals with physical disabilities who want to get involved in action sports.
Ashlan & Philippe Cousteau
Ashlan and Philippe are environmental advocates and filmmakers with a deep mutual passion for exploration and storytelling. Their mission is to inspire, entertain and motivate people to solve the critical issues facing humans, wildlife and the planet. The Cousteau’s believe making our world a better place can be a life changing adventure.Read full bio
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
Carlos and Alexa PenaVega
Carlos PenaVega shot to fame and cult status after starring on the highly successful Nickelodeon musical comedy BIG TIME RUSH as “Carlos Garcia”. The band of the same name released 3 albums all which received Gold certifications and took to the road selling out arenas around the Globe. Alexa PenaVega, a Miami native, is an actress and a singer. Her career began as a young girl in 1996, when she starred as Jo Harding in the hit film Twister.Read full bio
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.Read full bio
Danielle Fishel is a television director, actor, and author, best known for her role as Topanga Lawrence-Matthews on Disney Channel’s BOY MEETS WORLD. She starred in and directed episodes of its spin-off, GIRL MEETS WORLD. At 27, Danielle decided to pursue a college education and graduated in 2013, Summa Cum Laude, from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Psychology. She’s incredibly dedicated to her dogs and has an adopted rescue of her own.
Erik Estrada’s career has spanned so far over four decades, yet although, he had worked as an actor for years before his first television series, it was for his dynamic portrayal of Officer Francis ‘Frank’ Poncherello affectionately known as “Ponch” in the hit, ‘CHiPs’, that he became a household name. Raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, he learned lessons of honor and integrity that Erik has carried with him throughout his life.Read full bio
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
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.
New York Times bestselling author and former USA Today journalist Maria Goodavage is considered one of the foremost authorities on the training and service of working dogs. She is the author of Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, and Secret Service Dogs. Her next book, Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine, will be published by Penguin Random House in October 2019.
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