Stories of the Service Dogs of 9-11

So many different stories came up on the internet and other media about the dogs who served on 9-11, new books have been written, profiles of the dogs still alive who served, and the veterinarians who served the dogs that I’ve decided to just combine links to them into one big post. This will take a while to read through, and if you’re as quick to tears as I am, grab the tissues and take it slowly.

This Rin Tin Tin is a twelfth generation relative of the original puppy found on the battlefields of France during World War I.

via Rin Tin Tin rings closing bell at NYSE in honor of 9/11 dogs | The Daily Tail | Dog & Cat Stories.

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His name was Trakr, and he was with an elite K9 Police Search and Rescue Unit. Trakr is famous because he located the last human survivor at Ground Zero.

via A Tonk’s Tail… err, Tale…: An Unusual 9/11 Tribute.

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In her new photo book, “Retrieved,” sharpshooter Charlotte Dumas has lovingly compiled portraits of 15 search-and-rescue dogs who worked at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

via Retrieved: A New Book Featuring 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs – Vetstreet.

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Alongside firemen and other teams sorting through the debris, the dogs worked around the clock to locate survivors in the rubble.

via Hero dogs of 9/11 by Charlotte Dumas | The Daily Tail | Dog & Cat Stories.

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At goodnewsforpets, we are quietly remembering the search dogs that helped.  The New York City-based American Kennel Club honors this special breed of hero.  We reposted Steve Dale’s Inside Ground Zero column and our beloved New Yorker, the late Mordecai Siegal’s Paw Prints in the Dust.  In Canine’s Role in Search and Rescue, FEMA tells us how urban search and rescue dogs are now used.

via We Remember.

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Within hours of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers that morning, the NYPD called the AMC asking for veterinarians to come to Ground Zero and care for the dogs working there.

via 9/11: Ten Years Later « Fur the Love of Pets.

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I don’t know how you can scroll through this gallery and not get emotional.

via Dog Heroes of September 11 | Steve Dale’s Pet World.

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On the 10th anniversary of 9-11, a special edition of Kilgore Bauer’s book, “Dog Heroes of September 11th” (Kennel Club Books, Allenhurst, NJ; $26.95) is now available, including a foreword by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

via Never Forget 9-11 and the Search and Rescue Dogs Who Served Our Country | Steve Dale’s Pet World.

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Whereas human searchers at Fresh Kills wore respirators and polyethylene suits; the search and rescue dogs wore nothing.

via The Health of 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs | Petside.


Someone’s Soul is in Danger

three black cats at window

Basement cats are grabbing some creature's soul.

These three are apparently focusing their powers on something outside, though likely it’s a chipmunk on the front porch. I hope it’s not one of the neighbors on their way to work, or one of the kids on their way to school…

It’s Giuseppe, Mimi and Jelly Bean keeping vigil at the front window for the morning shift.

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.


Living Green With Pets: Put Bird Feeders Out Now for Migrants

two black cats watching birds

Birdwatching

Birds are migrating right now, and while most people feed birds through the winter it’s not a bad idea to start a little early while they are migrating. They’ll appreciate the pit stop to be able to pack in more fat and calories, have a bath and a good long drink! Plus, a certain number will decide to stop and stay with you for the winter.

photo of cardinal in grass

Our silly cardinal

I feed birds year-round, and I always credit them with keeping vegetable and flower pests under control, especially fleas. I know they also peck around through the grass eating fleas. Those starlings and grackles who march around on your lawn? They’ll happily eat fleas. Robins in the spring? Fleas don’t stand a chance. Songbirds that eat insects? Fleas are a natural part of their diet.

woodpecker and wren at feeder

Ms. Wren had better watch her step

So put out your feeders early, while the migrants are arriving and food is still plentiful so they’ll settle in more readily, using as much black oil sunflower seed as possible since it’s the universal favorite of birds which commonly visit feeders and gives the most energy for the energy expended to open the seed and eat it.

If they aren’t finding your feeders try adding a suet cake to the display. Suet cakes aren’t just for winter feeding—they provide concentrated high-protein, high-energy food that’s easy to eat and easy to digest. Birds not only need this to keep warm in the winter, but also while they travel hundreds of miles each day to reach their winter destination, often without stopping at all. In fact, a recent study of migrating Swainson’s thrushes shows that birds pack in the fat not only to sustain energy while traveling, but also to provide water without stopping to drink. Suet cakes won’t melt in warm weather, so don’t worry about a mess. If you can’t find suet cakes yet, or find they are a little expensive, I have a recipe for homemade ones, though these may soften if temperatures rise above 80 degrees or they are in direct sun for some time.

sparrows in birdbath

Sparrow Bath

But a water source is just as important as the food and even more of an attractant, since flowers and seeds and insects are everywhere, but water sources can be scarce. You can keep your birdbath going until the temperatures drop below freezing, or if you have a special watering station you use in winter you can set it out now so they become accustomed to it.

Don’t worry that feeding birds will take away their interest in their natural diet—most studies show that birds get about 10% of their total food intake from seed feeders. Feeding them while migrating helps reduce mortality. And if insects are their diet, they’ll still happily devour any insect that visits your yard, including those that hatch on a warm day!

For great tips on birdfeeding, attracting birds and identifying birds, visit the Project Feederwatch website under Birds and Bird Feeding.

Plus, they’ll provide lots of entertainment for your cats, which might sound like a luxury but it’s a very important element in an indoor cat’s daily life. Don’t forget, it’s Happy Health Cat Month, and keeping them naturally entertained and flea free keeps them both happy and health!

four black cats at window

Let Us At Him

For more information on bird feeding and Backyard Wildlife Habitats, visit my Backyard Wildlife Habitat page.

For more information on naturally controlling fleas in your yard year round, read Fall Cleanup, Bird Feeding and Fleas, and also As Natural as Possible: Outdoor Flea Control.

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.


We Are Featured on Zee and Zoey!

We are featured today in a post on “Zee and Zoey’s Chronicle Connection”!

Some day I’ll actually meet the woman in leopard print, but for now I’ll have to be content with a virtual friendship with Deb Barnes, author of The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey—a Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary and host of the blog in their name, “Zee and Zoey’s Chronicle Connection”.

Her stunningly lush and lovely blog was nominated for a Petties Award for “Best Designed Blog” and a visit will show you it’s inspired by the physical features and personalities of her family of felines as well as figures and features found in nature, so guess what I do when I visit? Yes, it’s difficult to focus on the writing! But once I get over a visual review of all the features, the stories themselves and Deb’s writing style keep me focused.

And just as Deb was introduced to me by our friend Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat, so was I introduced to Deb as Ingrid shared a post I wrote, and through all the haze of social networking and blogging and writing and visual images, it’s truly a joy to meet a kindred spirit.

Deb writes of her reason for featuring the four of us (and you’ll need to visit the other blogs too):

Within those blogs, and outside of the Petties, I have a handful of blogs that I am very devoted to for my own personal reasons – none of them are similar – each is uniquely wonderful to the personalities of the authors themselves and I wanted to share my thoughts on them and why they are so important to me.

I’m in good company! Please visit: My Favorite Things « The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey.