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All dogs have this heroic instinct, but a few of them actually stand out because of their incredible stories. Last year, the most heroic dog in the U.S. had been declared, and her name is MacKenzie, a tiny Chihuahua who only weighs four pounds.

MacKenzie was picked as America’s most heroic canine out of over 400 competitors at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards: 10th Anniversary Celebration. The said program was broadcast on the Hallmark Channel.

Here is MacKenzie’s amazing story of heroism and triumph!

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MacKenzie’s heroism

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MacKenzie was born in a New York shelter. She had a pretty tough life at the start because of her cleft palate. She even struggled with aspiration pneumonia, which almost took her life. But MacKenzie was strong, and she managed to overcome her birth defect and other health problems. Soon after, she started working for The Mia Foundation, a non-profit that rescues animals with birth defects and can’t be with their mothers physically.

According to the American Humane, MacKenzie’s job at the foundation is to provide love and care for rescued baby animals. The motherly pup takes a special interest in every baby from day one, regardless of the size or species. She acts as a nurse, even cleaning, comforting, and cuddling the helpless animals. MacKenzie even teaches the baby to play and socialize.

More about MacKenzie’s award

Dr. Robert Ganzert, the CEO and president of American Humane, said that The American Humane Hero Dog Awards was started to honor extraordinary heroes. The category winners all exemplify what it means to be a hero. Dr. Ganzert hopes that their stories, including MacKenzie’s, will be an inspiration for people.

The winner was picked through a mix of public votes and a panel of celebrity animal lovers. The panel of judges includes Erik Estrada, Jamie Chung, Danielle Fishel, Daniel Henney, Marcus Scribner, Ariel Winter, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Video Source: KOIN 6 via YouTube

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