Each year, the American Humane Association runs its Hero Dog contest to bring attention to the many selfless dogs who make life possible and/or better for countless people who need them. The public votes for eight finalists in categories including Law Enforcement, Arson, Service, Therapy, Military, Guide and Hearing, Search and Rescue and Emerging Hero Dog. Couture by Sophie was honored to be asked to design the custom-made coats for the finalist to wear on the red carpet of the Awards program one year. The event takes place in Los Angeles at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel. We worked with these dogs for several months, meeting many of them in New York City prior to the event for a fitting. I was so touched by the bond these owners/handlers shared with their dogs, and the tireless work these dogs do to protect their beloved humans. Here are some snapshots of my wonderful memories.