The Canine Heroes of 911

Hello all, Kitty here, I want to share a very special column with you today on the 10th Anniversary of 911 It has been ten years since that tragic day on 911.and as we remember the terrible tragedy of that day we also remember the heroes. These are the heroes that helped to find the people in the rubble of the twin towers. The boys and girls searched and searched until their paws were bloody and then searched some more.  It has been reported that there were 300 to 500 rescue dogs (A low estimate) employed. These are some of the dogs out of the  300 to 500 dogs that helped in the aftermath of this tragedy to find those trapped. They will for every be heroes here at the dog pound.

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, ten years on, just twelve of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled ‘Retrieved’.

The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called “Retrieved” which is released on Friday in advance of the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted “Retrieved” to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as a way to offer special recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

‘I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although they are not forgotten, have not been as prominent as other stories surrounding 9/11,’ explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam.

‘They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important — [they enhance] our sense of empathy and [teach us] to put things into perspective.’

Charles Mayfield

In Memoriam

While no dogs lost their live in the search and rescue I want to remember those 911 rescue dogs who have since passed on

  • Oddie – was struck by a car approximately 2003 and died
  • Barkley – died in  2002 of cancer at age 11
  • Elvis- died in 2009 at the age of 11
  • Cinder – died in the spring of 2009 at the age of 11
  • Tara – died spring 2011 at the age of 16


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