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KONG Partners with American Humane Association to Provide Official Toy of the Hero Dog Awards

August 22, 2012

Today, KONG announces another partnership, this one with the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards:

GOLDEN, Colo. The KONG Company ( today announced that its iconic Classic KONG dog toy is the official toy of the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards, which annually seek out ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things.

As the official toy provider of the Hero Dog Awards, KONG will provide toys and gift baskets for each of the eight canine finalists, and will provide product samples and coupons for media and all attendees of the awards gala, hosted October 6, 2012, in Hollywood.

“We are honored to support ‘hero dogs,’ particularly because we have one to thank for the creation of the KONG,” said KD Frueh, President of the KONG Company.  “In 1976 Fritz, a retired police dog, discovered the inspiration for the original KONG toy when he became enthralled with a rubber automotive suspension part. Thus, the KONG was born and since then the oddly shaped toy has entertained and captivated generations of animals. We look forward to sharing our one-of-a-kind products with the winners and attendees of the acclaimed Hero Dog Awards.”

Voting for the Hero Dog of 2012 has already begun, and people are encouraged to go to to meet the eight finalists and vote for their favorite.  Each finalist, along with two human friends, will be flown to Hollywood to attend the awards gala, where the top American Hero Dog will be announced.  The awards will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel on November 2.

For more information on the Hero Dog Awards, visit

For more information about KONG, contact Sandra Schlafer at (303) 216-2626, email or visit

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About KONG Company

KONG Company is the premier global provider of interactive toys and other products for dogs and cats. The company’s namesake Classic KONG is widely regarded as the “World’s Best Dog Toy” and is recommended by vets, trainers and behaviorists more than any other toy. With a persistent commitment to innovation, the company continues to regularly introduce unique, high-quality dog and cat products. KONG also makes it a top priority to give back to the pet community. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. For more information visit or

One Comment
  1. August 22, 2012 10:46 am

    yep! i shared!

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