Xander was a recipient of the AKC ACE award for Therapy Dog in 20014


The Awards for Canine Excellence celebrate canine heroes in appreciation for the inspiring ways in which they contribute to our lives. Each year, five loyal, hard-working dogs are commemorated for making significant contributions to an individual or their communities. One award will be given in each of the following five categories:

  • Uniformed Service K-9 (Dogs certified to help law enforcement, military or firefighting personnel in their work)
  • Search and Rescue Dog (Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people)
  • Therapy Dog (Dogs certified to provide affection and comfort to those in need)
  • Service Dog (Dogs certified to help those with disabilities)
  • Exemplary Companion (Non-certified, household pet)

    Each of the ACE recipients will receive:

    • An all-expense paid trip to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL in Dec. 2014
    • $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of the winner’s choice
    • A one year pet insurance policy from Pet Partners, Inc.
    • An engraved sterling silver medallion presented at a special ACE ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

    All entrants will receive an AKC Humane Fund ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination. Dogs receiving honorable mention will be awarded an engraved bronze medallion.

    To qualify, the dog must have performed some exemplary act, whether large or seemingly small, that has significantly benefitted a community or individual. Dogs do not have to be AKC registered to be nominated. Anyone can nominate a dog however if not nominated by the dog’s owner, the owner will be contacted for official release of the story and image provided by the nominator.

    Klamath Animal Shelter Needs our Help

    Please donate
    So Every Pet Has a Forever Home

    "Xander's" special spirit, personality and unconditional love shine for all to see. He brightens the world and the lives of everyone he meets!

    With Eyes Removed, I Clearly See That Kindness Matters!

    Here is what I have to say....

    As a puppy, I had a head injury that resulted in both of my eyes being removed and permanent breathing challenges when I sleep. At ten months old, my owners put me in the car and I was excited that we were going for an outing together. We got out of the car and entered a building; I met some new friends that were giving me lots of TLC. Then I heard the door close, and the familiar sound of the car starting and driving away. Did they forget me!?! I didn't realize until later what had happened. They didn't forget me; they left me behind! My heart sank! I turned to my new friends at the Klamath Animal Shelter. They sat with me, hugged me, talked to me and told me that everything would be OK. I was confused and scared, but I knew that they were there to help me.

    Though life as I knew it had ended, I was determined to keep my positive outlook. I began using my other senses, the love in my heart and my many blessings to brighten the days of everyone that I met. A new chapter of my life opened when Marcie and Rodney Beedy recognized my potential to be a part of the community as a working therapy dog. They adopted me, named me "Xander", and my journey has been amazing!

    I'm a Little Dog that has accomplished Big Things!

    Marcie took me to Dog School at Double-C where I passed with flying colors and earned a Diploma! Rodney, who's part of the Double-C team, started taking me to work every day and I became the official greeter. When school children come for tours to learn about dog safety and training, I'm the star of the show! It was a big day for me when I passed the Pet Partners Therapy Dog test and became a Certi­fied Therapy Dog! I am the only four footed member of the Hospital Guild and I'm always on call for visits! I love to spend time with anyone who needs com­panionship, comfort or may be feeling lonely. I also help kids who are afraid of dogs overcome their fear, and often accompany the Hands and Words are Not for Hurting® group on school programs and other outings. I was featured on the front page of the Herald and News, and received national recognition for bringing empa­thy and happiness to people for whom such things are in short supply. I can clear­ly see that unconditional love and kindness matter. Please give what you can to the Klamath Animal Shelter and help them rescue other pets like me! 

    Follow me on Facebook at "Meet Xander" and on my own web site: www.MeetXander.com 


     The pets need you!
    100% of your donations are used

     to care for local pets!

    Please help the Klamath Animal Shelter Donate!  Volunteer!  Adopt! 

    Klamath Animal Shelter


    Contact Infomation


    Please Donate

    Xander Support these organizations:

    Klamath Animal Shelter
    Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting(R)
    Klamath-Lake (CARES) 


    Meet Xander