A three-week-old dog saved from a burning shed in Ladson has been chosen as a semifinalist for America’s highest canine award. Jake is one of 21 dogs chosen from a pool of nearly 400 candidates to compete in the American Humane Dog Hero Awards in 2022.

Jake’s owner is a Lowcountry firefighter who saved him from a blazing shed; according to his owner, the pup survived situations that most dogs would not.

“He was burned over 75 percent of his body as well as his four paws. I saved Jake again when I learned his original family abandoned him at the veterinarian’s office,” the owner stated. “Jake was coming to work with me at the station while he recovered, and everyone fell in love with him.”

Jake was even inducted as an Honorable Firefighter and designated as the agency’s official mascot. “Jake went to the schools with us during fire prevention week to help us spread the word. Jake rode on the trucks with us to calls and lounged around the station and awaited our return. Jake spent almost three years being a great ambassador for his breed and bringing joy to those he met,” his owner added.

The dog has indeed retired, but his owner continues to campaign for a “bully breed”. “Jake is proof that just because you had a rough beginning or have scars you are not bad or damaged. Jake has taken everything that life could throw at him and has handled it with ease, broken barriers, and brought light to his breed and just how loving and loyal his breed is. This is why I feel Jake deserves to be the next American Hero Dog.”

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards is a yearly, cross-country contest that looks for and perceives America’s Hero Dogs. The second round of casting votes is currently open in public to lay out the seven finalists who
will proceed to contend in the current year’s competition.