As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, everyone will pause to remember something about that dreadful day. Whether it’s what you were doing the exact moment the news broke, the feelings going through you as the horror of it all set in, the gratitude towards those risking their lives to save others, sadness for the victims and their families, etc. What most people probably won’t remember are the silent heroes of that day – the 9/11 search and rescue dogs. There were hundreds of 9/11 search and rescue dogs and their handlers that came from all over the country and worked tirelessly to find survivors in the rubble. 10 years later these dogs are retired, and only a handful of them are still living. Charlotte Dumas, a Dutch photographer, is paying tribute to these heroes in a book called “Retrieved”, set to release this week. Photos of the surviving dogs are featured in the book. You can see a sample of these photos at:
Humans weren’t the only ones emotionally affected by the disaster. Search and rescue dogs are trained to find survivors. When dogs would go long periods with out finding anyone, they would start to get depressed. Handlers set up mock searches so that the dogs could find someone alive and renew their spirits to keep going.
To See pictures of the 9/11 search and rescue dogs during the search and learn more about the search click on the picture below:
Aside from the search and rescue dogs, there were cadaver dogs and therapy dogs. There is even a heroic story of a seeing eye dog, Roselle, that escorted her blind owner down 1,463 stairs and safely got him out of the North Tower before it collapsed.
So when you are remembering that fateful day, include our furry friends in your thoughts and prayers. If you have a heart warming 9/11 dog story to share, please feel free to comment below.