CUMBERLAND — Blu, the Labrador retriever handled by Officer Curt Dieterle of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, has been nominated for the Canine Excellence Award presented by the American Kennel Club Humane Fund.
Blu’s nomination is in the Law Enforcement category. The other categories are Exemplary Companion, Search and Rescue, Service and Therapy.
The winners will be announced in late August and will receive engraved silver collar medallions and $1,000 at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., in December.
Dogs earning honorable mention will receive bronze collar medallions.
“Blu is an amazing dog,” Dieterle said of his companion for the past 6 1/2 years. “He has been deployed more than 150 times with a lot of success.”