They're available 24-7 for duty to keep our streets safe, but rarely do they get any recognition. Now, the public can have a hand in helping them take the title of top dog.
Boomer and Tommy are elite German Shepherds in Harris County's K9 unit that have built pretty impressive resumes.
In just two years Boomer has helped take more than $6 million worth of illegal drugs off the streets. His largest find was under a metal plate in a 30 foot hay trailer.
"Inside that trailer there was 1,729 lbs of marijuana, ten kilos of cocaine and meth," said Deputy David Thomas, Boomer's handler.
Tommy has cornered more than 40 bad guys on the run in less than a year. One was just feet away from his handler late at night in the woods.
"I didn't even know he was there, but he (Tommy) knew he was there. He's like my guardian angel. His eyes, ears and nose can detect things I never could," said Deputy Jason Bullock, Tommy's handler.
The two are the only in Texas competing in the National Hero Dog Awards, voted on by the public. If they win, $6,500 in prize money will go to K9s4Cops, a Houston charity that provides dogs to law enforcement agencies.
"We have a saying that just one dog can help take crime off the streets, and that's what we're here to do. We want to make communities safer," said Melanie Orth, K9s4Cops.
The charity has donated 16 of Harris County's 24 dogs. It's the bond between dog and handler that's helped Boomer and Tommy stand out.
"It's teamwork, the fact this handler can understand the dog is telling him to go this way," said Sgt. Mike Thomas, in charge of Harris County's canine unit.
You can vote from now until July 30th. Visit harriscountyso.org/communityengagement