The Nation’s Loyal Retrievers of 9/11
I know ... One more 9/11 Tenth Anniversary story. One I hadn't thought of, however. I know dogs were brought in from around the nation to search the mountains of rubble and debris for days and weeks after the terror attacks. First looking for survivors ... then retrieving remains. I even remember a story on the special paw protection shoes developed for these wonderful pooches to keep them from injuring their paws in all the jagged wreckage. But something that didn't dawn on me until I saw this story tonight ... Ten years is a long time in "dog years".
Out of over 100 loyal dogs that searched Ground Zero, only 12 are still with us in their 'senior years' ten years later. Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas had the wonderful idea to track down these survivors and take their portraits and document their stories for a book titled "Retrieved" (More photos and stories of the dogs here). I think that's one book I will be purchasing when it comes out.
The Hoof Blog has more information and photos of the dogs that answered the call to duty on 9/11, and for the days and weeks that followed as the dust settled.
All dogs really do go to Heaven... Some just lead the way.