They say every dog has its day and on Thursday, 23 of them were lauded in a star-studded affair during “The World Dog Awards” 2016 hosted by The CW.
During the packed house show, hosted by actor/comedian George Lopez, dogs from around the globe received recognition for their services to the military, performance on screen, personality, unique style and more.
“Dogs are man’s best friend, and tonight we celebrate the best of the best,” Lopez said during the show to the numerous canines, their owners and celebrities in attendance. “By the end of the night, there won’t be a dry eye in the house or a dry place to stand. I’m still cleaning off my shoes from last year.”
Some of “traditional award” winners included Carlos as “Max” (from the film “Max”) for Top Movie Dog; Scruffy as “Whoopty Woo” from “Empire,” named Top TV Dog; Instagram sensation Doug The Pug named Best Dressed; and River as “Dogmeat” receiving Top Video Game Dog for “Fallout 4.”
There also were the more compelling categories and appearances, which included a diverse mix of pups — as well as emotions.
Dog of the Year went to Gabe, a therapy dog to wounded U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford.
A live reunion between an active duty U.S. soldier, Brandon Harbaugh, and his loyal dog, Saint, received a standing ovation, leaving hardly a dry eye in the house. Actress Amy Brenneman presented the Award of Loyalty to Saint, who patiently waits at home as his owner defends our country overseas.
Remember the abandoned and severely injured Pit Bull mix named Khalessi who lost her nose and sinus cavity, giving her a saber-toothed look? She was named Underdog of the Year.
And we all remember the iconic Toto from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz.” That famous pooch received The Dog’s Life Achievement award, given to a canine character in pop culture that has had a huge cultural impact.
The annual show, which launched in 2015 and was presented by IAMS and Subaru, seeks fan input for several of the categories. For a full list and highlight clips from the ceremony, visit The CW Springfield.