Hero Dog Awards honor exceptional canines
, who presented the Service Dog award to Zurich, a canine aide for a disabled woman, declared herself a "big time dog person." Ford, who has two American dingoes at home, goes green by buying local and organic produce when she's not growing her own, with the aid of green waste from her compost bin. "I use banana peels on my roses," she said, noting that she learned how to garden from her mother. Ford next stars in the Nov. 26 Hallmark Channel movie "Trading Christmas " opposite Tom Cavanagh and Gil Bellows as a widow caught up in Christmas preparations. She recently produced the movie "Escapee," starring Dominic Purcell, and while she'd taken time off during her father's terminal illness, she's getting back to work now and is hoping to do another series.