Mo, a boxer dog in Washington, Utah, was rewarded for heroism on Friday by a national dog food company.

The dog challenged a stray dog to protect his owners' 2-year-old granddaughter after the unwelcome visitor had knocked the child to the ground.The act earned Mo a spot as one of four runners-up in the 1990 Dog Hero of the Year contest.

A golden retriever, Chelsea, who lunged at two gunman to protect her owner and a friend, garnered the top honors.