"She was so sweet and just loved on all the dogs."
Each dog won $5,000 for its charity partner. Soot's is the Sage Foundation for Dogs Who Serve. The winner of the American Hero Dog award, which was selected the night of the show, received an additional $10,000 for its charity.
Each dog also received a number of gifts and mementos.
Soot drew attention by finding Leroy Nease, a hunter who had gone missing on Blair Mountain last November. Soot tracked Nease's scent while Burdette called out for the hunter.
They found Nease, a diabetic who was tired but otherwise all right, sitting on the ground with a small fire. Soot sniffed him and then came back to Burdette seeking his prize, a tennis ball. It was the first find for Soot, who had been certified in search and rescue for two years.
"We just feel like we're really privileged that we're part of such a good team and that people took the time to vote for us," Burdette said. "It was an over-the-top experience and we were privileged to go."
The show will air at 8 p.m. on Hallmark Channel.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.