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.


Helping Haiti, People and Animals

I’ve added some updates in blockquote format throughout this story.

It’s as bad as the tsunami, not in numbers* but in trauma to a country that was already suffering from poverty and distress. They don’t need “things” right now, they really need money for food, water, clothing and other necessities that can be purchased locally. Later, when people are rebuilding and monetary donations have slowed, we can send food, clothing and furniture. You don’t have to give much; if everyone gave even only $5.00 it would make a huge difference to the charities that are on the ground and the ones preparing to leave.

*Initially, the numbers were in the tens of thousands, but as bodies are found under the rubble and people continue to perish from the aftereffects, the number has risen over 200,000. The estimate of loss from the tsunami ranged from 230,000 to 275,000 because some individuals were never found.

In every disaster the Search and Rescue dogs are integral, as brave and hard-working as the humans in the search and very often lifesavers because they can sense a living being below the rubble that a human would never know about; unfortunately, they can also find corpses, but this, too, has its place in a mission like the aftermath of an earthquake.

And animals in general, livestock, companion animals and wildlife, never had a very easy stay in Haiti, though many organizations were making great strides, especially with pets. Once things are stabilized, many animals will need to be rescued before diseases begin to spread, especially rabies, or former pets become wild with no place for them to go and be tamed.

First, the people

Pittsburgh has some interesting connections to Haiti in charities that are based here—WorldVision, Brother’s Brother Foundation, Hopital Albert Sweitzer are only three that are based in Pittsburgh. Our local reporters composed a few articles describing the local charities as well as the national and international charities with contact information.

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