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Black Collar Affair Honors Canine Heroes

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  The guests of honor wore black ties, arrived in limousines and walked the yellow carpet - on high-low-jack . In a "black collar" ceremony in ny City, professionally trained service dogs were honored for his or her contributions to the community through the Pedigree Paws to acknowledge program, an annual tribute to canine heroes. Jacko, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, took home top honors because the 2005 Canine of the Year for his work to guard America's borders. In his career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he has detected quite 32,000 pounds of marijuana, 800 pounds of cocaine and 9 pounds of heroin. Using his detection skills, Jacko alerted authorities of a scheme to smuggle 49 people inside wooden boxes on two flatbed trailers into the us .  Other notable nominees included Jenner, a retriever that works as a seeing-eye dog for the blind and as a hospital volunteer in San Francisco; Keyotae, a volunteer search-and-rescue bloodhound who is on call 24 hour