1999 Inductees

1999 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees


Rookie, a six-year-old German shepherd. Rookie was found wandering the streets of Howell Township, and was adopted by Officer Glenn Rogers from the local humane society. Officer Rogers started Rookie in police training in 1994 and Rookie began active police work in 1995. Overcoming spinal surgery, Rookie has an impressive number of arrests, and placed second in Region 15 police dog trials. Owner Cpl. Glenn Rogers, Veterinarian Dr. Anthony DeCarlo. (pictured with Dr. Suzanne Smith)


Orient, a German Shepherd. Orient was a graduate from the Seeing Eye Program and was placed with Bill Irwin. Orient led Irwin on an incredible trek on the complete length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Profiled in Irwin’s book Blind Courage, Orient faithfully and unconditionally assisted Bill Irwin for over nine years. Owner Bill Irwin, Veterinarians Dr. Ed Swiderski and Dr. Susan Spreat


Casey, a four-year-old Golden Retriever. Casey is the constant companion to Andrew Huzar, who is confined to a wheelchair. Casey’s devotion to Andrew helps him enjoy activities such as kayaking and touring the rugged hills of western New Jersey, and playing in the yard. Owner the Huzar family, Veterinarian Dr. Suzanne Smith


Bagel, a Bichon Frisse. Bagel exemplified the loyal qualities that make dogs “man’s best friend.” Bagel was a faithful watchdog, cheered a husband and a son through recuperation from surgeries and helped a young child overcome his fear of dogs. Owner the Sachs family, Veterinarian Dr. Cheri Smith


Spunky, a nine-year-old domestic shorthair cat. Spunky visits senior residents, exhibiting extraordinary calm and patience, as he sits for houses in the seniors’ laps. Owner Sandra Campbell, Veterinarian Dr. Ann Ascher

Cinnamon Twist

Cinnamon Twist, a therapeutic riding horse for Special People United to Ride (SPUR) in Lincroft, NJ. Due to his exceptionally calm demeanor, Cinnamon Twist was ridden by the smallest and most fearful riders, giving them confidence to overcome their physical and cognitive challenges. Owner Cynthia Weber (SPUR), Veterinarian Dr. Elden Klayman


Solo, a German shepherd. During a police standoff in Bradley Beach last year, Solo gave his life to protect his police handler while attempting to apprehend a criminal. Solo’s tragic death inspired an effort to outfit K-9 dogs with bulletproof vests, and led to the recent adoption of law increasing the penalties for killing a police dog. Owner Sheriff’s Officer Robin Eckel, Veterinarian Dr. Sherwood Gloth