9/11 Tribute to Working Dogs

by Mary Haight on September 11, 2010

They came in force from across the US, Vancouver Canada, Puerto Rico and even all the way from Bordeaux, France to help find survivors among the twisted steel, glass shards, and concrete slabs, the remains of the Twin Towers.  More than 350 dogs and their handlers took part in the search in NY and at the Pentagon, most in search and rescue, some K9 police dogs, and therapy dogs joined in too.  They consoled the traumatized, exhausted workers, helping them find solace and strength; be refreshed enough to continue searching through seven or eight stories of rubble for survivors. Dogs on the scene worked tirelessly alongside rescue workers, and helped buoy sagging spirits simply by their presence, their persistence in their work, licking the wounds of a nation in shock. (Photo: “Bear” by Beth Kaiser, Reuters/Pool)

German Shepherds, Border Collies, Black, Yellow, and Chocolate Labradors, Golden Retrievers, a Dachshund, Rottweilers, Spaniels, mixed breeds and dogs themselves rescued from shelters are now part of history in coffee table books like FDNY Dog Heroes of September 11 by Nona Kilgore Bauer. 

There are permanent tributes, like the stories Steve Dale relates on the 5th anniversary of 9/11, about Riley the Golden, Max and Kaiser, the GSDs, andthe one about the executive director of the National Search Dog Foundation who was attending at FEMA class in Washington that day.  If you haven’t read that post, you’ll enjoy it.  I’ll close with this video by Kenn Bell of DogFiles that you’ll probably see on many dog blogs today. If I could remove the extraneous commercial I would, but such is the way of the world:

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5 comments
Bearsdad
Bearsdad

Dogs did not help, they led us those days....

kat
kat

I hadn't really thought of how dogs could have helped that day, but it makes complete sense that they would have now that I hear about it. That's a nice tribute.

Peggy
Peggy

I was at the NY state museum today and saw a lovely tribute to the hero dogs of 911.

Sage
Sage

Thanks for an inspiring tribute. Hopped by from the blog hop. Sage

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