Gabe, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador with an impressive military background, has been named a finalist in the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

The official announcement naming Gabe, who is owned by Sgt. 1st Class Charles "Chuck" Shuck, a native of Lansford now residing in Columbia S.C., as a finalist was made over the weekend.

The announcement of Gabe's win in the military dog category and as a finalist helped the pair secure a $5,000 donation for The United States War Dogs Association.

Shuck was thrilled by the results.

"I wanted to personally thank anyone that voted for Gabe over the past three months," Shuck said.

He said that now Gabe will compete against seven other dogs from around the country in the hopes of being named the 2012 American Hero Dog.

That honor carries an additional $10,000 donation to the United States War Dogs Association.

To help Gabe win the award, Shuck is again asking everyone to vote for his dog on the American Hero Dog website,

You can vote once a day until Oct. 5.

Once voting is closed, the votes will be tallied and on Oct. 6, the 2012 American Hero Dog will be announced and Gabe will receive his 2012 Military Hero Dog Award during a televised ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel.

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