Overview
2020 Award
2019 Award
Guidelines

Overview

This award is open to ANY COLLIE who works as a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, Education/Library Assistance Dog or has done any good deed(s) for his family or the community. The owner does not need to be a CCA member, nor does the dog need to be bred by a CCA member. There are many dogs who would qualify for these broad criteria and we would love to hear their stories.

> Guidelines and information for applicants (PDF)

Overview

This award is open to ANY COLLIE who works as a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, Education/Library Assistance Dog or has done any good deed(s) for his family or the community. The owner does not need to be a CCA member, nor does the dog need to be bred by a CCA member. There are many dogs who would qualify for these broad criteria and we would love to hear their stories.

> Guidelines and information for applicants (PDF)

2020 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

2020 Shining Star Ambassadors: Marian Leerburger and Remy

Marian Leerburger and Remy

This year the CCA received 13 applications for the Shining Star program. The CCA Shining Star Committee has selected Marian Leerburger and her Collie, Remington (Remy) as the Shining Star Ambassador Team for 2020.

"I acquired Remy when he was 10 weeks old. When he walked into my house, he immediately bonded with my 12-year-old Collie, Cole. Cole had been acting strangely for a few weeks. Remy would herd him (again, at 10 weeks old!) out of the woods by his ankles, would pull him by his tail to get him out of the bathroom (where he was seemingly lost) and would not eat unless Cole ate. It turned out that Cole had Alzheimer's. Remy continued to be his guide dog, putting his head underneath Cole's hips to help lift him up the stairs and staying by his side."

> Read the full 2020 report

2019 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

2019 Shining Star Ambassadors: Marie Hutches and Fibber McGee

Rose Marie Hutches and Fibber McGee

This year the CCA received 21 applications for the Shining Star program. The CCA Shining Star Committee has selected Rose Marie Hutches and her Collie, Fibber McGee as the Shining Star Ambassador Team for 2019.

After adopting Fibber, an untrained, high-energy dog in 2013, Rose provided him with gentle, knowledgeable care and training. Fibber quickly earned several competition obedience and performance titles and was certified as a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Today, Fibber provides comfort and courage to 13 facilities in central Illinois each month including senior assisted care and independent living facilities, a state mental health hospital, a shelter for abused women and their children, and several other facilities including hospital pediatric units, where he provides love and solace to children and their families.

> Read the full 2019 report

2018 CCA Shining Star Co-Ambassador Teams

2018 Shining Star Ambassadors: Duncan and Mary Ann Campbell

MaryAnn and Duncan

Duncan and MaryAnn Campbell began their adventure in therapy work when they were certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs in 2014. They became members of R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) the same year. This is one of Duncan's favorite things. When he gets to school and realizes where he is, he gets a spring in his step and a grin on his beautiful face. he loves lying quietly beside the children and giving occasional kisses. Duncan was featured in a piece about R.E.A.D. by the Fox affiliate in Tampa. His impact is evident in all of the happy faces.

In 2015, Duncan and MaryAnn became a HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response team. Extra training, continuing education, and yearly background checks are required to earn and keep HOPE certification. They provide comfort to first responders and victims of natural and manmade disasters.

> Read the full 2018 report

2018 Shining Star Ambassadors: Scotty and Debbie Taylor

Debbie and Scotty

Scotty started working with the Red Cross as a Therapy Dog when he was only 8 months old. he was certified as a Delta Pet Partner Therapy Dog at 12 months old. The AKC recently awarded Scotty the title of Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD), which requires a minimum of 400 therapy visits.

As a volunteer team for the Red Cross and working with the Department of Defense and the Walter Reed National Military Hospital, Scotty and Debbie regularly visit the wounded warriors. Soldiers that have received devastating physical injuries are given smiles and hope from them. Since a dog is non-judgmental, soldiers are accepted 100% regardless of missing limbs or deformities.

Debbie and Scotty perform seminars at Walter Reed on how having a service dog can help the wounded return to a normal life, by performing tasks that they can no longer do themselves. She tells them of the confidence and independence she has gained by having a service dog at her side.

> Read the full 2018 report

2020 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

2020 Shining Star Ambassadors: Marian Leerburger and Remy

Marian Leerburger and Remy

This year the CCA received 13 applications for the Shining Star program. The CCA Shining Star Committee has selected Marian Leerburger and her Collie, Remington (Remy) as the Shining Star Ambassador Team for 2020.

"I acquired Remy when he was 10 weeks old. When he walked into my house, he immediately bonded with my 12-year-old Collie, Cole. Cole had been acting strangely for a few weeks. Remy would herd him (again, at 10 weeks old!) out of the woods by his ankles, would pull him by his tail to get him out of the bathroom (where he was seemingly lost) and would not eat unless Cole ate. It turned out that Cole had Alzheimer's. Remy continued to be his guide dog, putting his head underneath Cole's hips to help lift him up the stairs and staying by his side."

> Read the full 2020 report

2019 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

2019 Shining Star Ambassadors: Marie Hutches and Fibber McGee

Rose Marie Hutches and Fibber McGee

This year the CCA received 21 applications for the Shining Star program. The CCA Shining Star Committee has selected Rose Marie Hutches and her Collie, Fibber McGee as the Shining Star Ambassador Team for 2019.

After adopting Fibber, an untrained, high-energy dog in 2013, Rose provided him with gentle, knowledgeable care and training. Fibber quickly earned several competition obedience and performance titles and was certified as a therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Today, Fibber provides comfort and courage to 13 facilities in central Illinois each month including senior assisted care and independent living facilities, a state mental health hospital, a shelter for abused women and their children, and several other facilities including hospital pediatric units, where he provides love and solace to children and their families.

> Read the full 2019 report

2018 CCA Shining Star Co-Ambassador Teams

2018 Shining Star Ambassadors: Duncan and Mary Ann Campbell

MaryAnn and Duncan

Duncan and MaryAnn Campbell began their adventure in therapy work when they were certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs in 2014. They became members of R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) the same year. This is one of Duncan's favorite things. When he gets to school and realizes where he is, he gets a spring in his step and a grin on his beautiful face. he loves lying quietly beside the children and giving occasional kisses. Duncan was featured in a piece about R.E.A.D. by the Fox affiliate in Tampa. His impact is evident in all of the happy faces.

In 2015, Duncan and MaryAnn became a HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response team. Extra training, continuing education, and yearly background checks are required to earn and keep HOPE certification. They provide comfort to first responders and victims of natural and manmade disasters.

> Read the full 2018 report

2018 Shining Star Ambassadors: Scotty and Debbie Taylor

Debbie and Scotty

Scotty started working with the Red Cross as a Therapy Dog when he was only 8 months old. he was certified as a Delta Pet Partner Therapy Dog at 12 months old. The AKC recently awarded Scotty the title of Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD), which requires a minimum of 400 therapy visits.

As a volunteer team for the Red Cross and working with the Department of Defense and the Walter Reed National Military Hospital, Scotty and Debbie regularly visit the wounded warriors. Soldiers that have received devastating physical injuries are given smiles and hope from them. Since a dog is non-judgmental, soldiers are accepted 100% regardless of missing limbs or deformities.

Debbie and Scotty perform seminars at Walter Reed on how having a service dog can help the wounded return to a normal life, by performing tasks that they can no longer do themselves. She tells them of the confidence and independence she has gained by having a service dog at her side.

> Read the full 2018 report

2017 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

Ace Mask and Kane

With over six years of volunteerism, Kane well represents the characteristics of the noble Collie breed, and as a certified therapy dog has touched many lives. Kane has provided comfort and calm to children who suffer from brain injury, hospitalized children in the ICU and those receiving cancer treatment, those who have been victims of abuse, young students preparing for stressful academic tests, and young library readers. Kane has spent an equal amount of time with seniors in assisted care facilities (including Alzheimer’s patients) and has been called upon by families to be present during the final stages of an elderly loved one’s life.

Kane and Ace Mask

For over five years, as canine ambassador for the Orange County Animal Care, Kane has worked extensively with volunteers in a program designed to teach responsible pet ownership to preschoolers through 6th grade throughout Orange County. Kane provides “hands on” experience to children, who learn about all aspects of caring for a pet. He has received commendations for this work from various county representatives, including the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

> Read the full 2017 report

2016 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

Corinne Boon and Forte'

Born 10-10-10, Forte' was selected to be the first dog for a young family. One of the boys was diagnosed with Leukemia (now a 7-year Survivor). During this time I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I started training him and hoped that he would eventually go to his family but it became clear he would become my service dog. I use him for mobility support. He helps me walk on uneven ground and steadies me when I get up. He helps me take the stairs up or down, we have no boundaries. Together we have traveled to Westminster dog show, planes, trains, monorails, buses, taxis, ferries, and even subways are no obstacle. This was a dream come true. Forte's titles include GCH, RN, CGC, BN, PT. He enjoys pulling his cart and loves showing off his many tricks. At dog shows you can usually find him sitting in his chair studying the lovely collie girls in the ring. We were very honored to be selected the Collie Club of America Shining Star Ambassador Team for 2016. Promoting our beautiful breed, the versatility, loving nature and giving heart of the Collie.

Corinne and Forte

2013 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

K-9 Deker and his owner-trainer handler, Lois Hall

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> Watch the video

Past Awards

> 2015 Shining Star Winners

> 2014 Shining Star Winner

> 2013 Shining Star Annual Report

> 2012 Shining Star Annual Report

> 2011 Shining Star Annual Report

> 2010 Shining Star Annual Report

Kane and Ace Mask

2017 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

Ace Mask and Kane

With over six years of volunteerism, Kane well represents the characteristics of the noble Collie breed, and as a certified therapy dog has touched many lives. Kane has provided comfort and calm to children who suffer from brain injury, hospitalized children in the ICU and those receiving cancer treatment, those who have been victims of abuse, young students preparing for stressful academic tests, and young library readers. Kane has spent an equal amount of time with seniors in assisted care facilities (including Alzheimer’s patients) and has been called upon by families to be present during the final stages of an elderly loved one’s life.

For over five years, as canine ambassador for the Orange County Animal Care, Kane has worked extensively with volunteers in a program designed to teach responsible pet ownership to preschoolers through 6th grade throughout Orange County. Kane provides “hands on” experience to children, who learn about all aspects of caring for a pet. He has received commendations for this work from various county representatives, including the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

> Read the full 2017 report

2016 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

Corinne Boon and Forte'

Born 10-10-10, Forte' was selected to be the first dog for a young family. One of the boys was diagnosed with Leukemia (now a 7-year Survivor). During this time I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I started training him and hoped that he would eventually go to his family but it became clear he would become my service dog. I use him for mobility support. He helps me walk on uneven ground and steadies me when I get up. He helps me take the stairs up or down, we have no boundaries. Together we have traveled to Westminster dog show, planes, trains, monorails, buses, taxis, ferries, and even subways are no obstacle. This was a dream come true. Forte's titles include GCH, RN, CGC, BN, PT. He enjoys pulling his cart and loves showing off his many tricks. At dog shows you can usually find him sitting in his chair studying the lovely collie girls in the ring. We were very honored to be selected the Collie Club of America Shining Star Ambassador Team for 2016. Promoting our beautiful breed, the versatility, loving nature and giving heart of the Collie.

2013 CCA Shining Star Ambassador Team

K-9 Deker and his owner-trainer handler, Lois Hall

> Page 1 > Page 2 > Page 3 > Page 4 > Page 5

> Watch the video

Past Awards

> 2015 Shining Star Winners

> 2014 Shining Star Winner

> 2013 Shining Star Annual Report

> 2012 Shining Star Annual Report

> 2011 Shining Star Annual Report

> 2010 Shining Star Annual Report

Please send all questions to ccasec@tctelco.net
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