NORFOLK, Virginia – A Norfolk dog competes against many “best dogs” in a nationwide competition called The American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. It is an annual event in which dogs and their owners are recognized.
According to the website, there are seven categories: law enforcement and detection dogs, assistance dogs, therapy dogs, military dogs, guide / hearing dogs, search and rescue dogs. and shelter dogs.
Cameo owner Brittany Sorrentini suffers from anxiety and narcolepsy, and she got the Black Lab Mix a few years ago. Sorrentini couldn’t wait for an organization to provide him with a service dog, which typically takes three to five years.
Sorrentini adopted Cameo with the intention of training her, and she tells us she was lucky.
“I took a chance with it, put all my faith in it, and it worked,” said Sorrentini, who added that she knew it was a risk and does not recommend this route to anyone. .
“I love that she’s got a tough head and that she was a challenge for me. She made me continue. I love it all about her, ”Sorrentini described.
Her owner says the dog helps her in a variety of ways, including waking her up for doses of medication, performing deep pressure therapy, lying on top of her when she is having a panic attack, and providing emotional support. as well as a barrier between her and the crowd.
“I am very sleepy and I have sleep attacks. Sometimes this happens while I’m driving, and Cameo will let me know so I can stop, take a nap if needed, or go for a cup of coffee. “
In addition to the dog’s continued support for her owner, Cameo is also credited with alerting the family to a house fire in the fall of 2019.
“We opened the door to our room and the whole house was filled with smoke. Without it, we probably wouldn’t have done it in time, ”Sorrentini told News 3.
Sorrentini also says Cameo motivated her to become a photographer.
“I created an Instagram for her, and people were like, ‘You’re really good at this.’ So Cameo has Photographer’s Child Syndrome, and I shoot her all the time.
To view the Cameo page, click here.
As for the competition, category finalists will be honored on the Hallmark Channel this fall. Only one dog will receive the title of American Hero Dog 2021. You can vote for Cameo and find out more about the contest here.