Buddy Rizzo is a handsome Golden Retriever and he’s in the running for the 2015 Hero Dog Awards.

So, why are we talking about this good boy on a Salvation Army blog? Because among the many things he’s done to care for his community, he was an assistant bellringer at our iconic red kettle in Grass Valley, California!

Buddy the hero dog
Apart from the good deed he did for The Salvation Army, Buddy and his mom Liz Rizzo have worked together to care for people for 10 years.

:: Here’s a link to an online story about Buddy’s service as a bell ringer.

Buddy has been a therapy dog for Delta Society (Pet Partners) for 6 years and and in that capacity volunteered for St. Francis Hospice of Hawaii, Wounded Warriors Regiment of Kaneohe Marine Base, Shelter of Wisdom in Honolulu, the Women’s Correctional Center on Oahu, and YMCA Camp Erdman. He’s also worked as a mobility service dog when mom Liz had difficulty walking after surgery!

If you’re so inclined, click this link to help a fellow do-gooder out and vote for Buddy in the Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the American Humane Association! The first round voting ends on May 15. 

Thank you!


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