Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas America’s heroes and first-responders have been well served by search and rescue dogs, law enforcement and arson-detection dogs, and military dogs,

Whereas These dogs serve with loyalty and courage and risk their own lives to save human ones by detecting bombs and other explosives; and

Whereas Service dogs trained to help the blind, the hearing impaired, the handicapped, or people with medical conditions have worked tirelessly and obediently to support their owners; and

Whereas Some of America’s pet dogs – though untrained in special skills- have performed extraordinary acts of kindness, comfort, or service in innovative roles including comforting children hospitalized with cancer, the elderly in nursing  homes, and veterans suffering PTSD; and

Whereas On this day we pay tribute to the contributions made by America’s dogs and to honor the  many dogs that have served alongside our men and women in uniform,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 6th, 2012 to be,

HERO DOG DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts