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No Boots. No Helmet. No Armor... A Look Back and a Tribute to the Dogs of 9/11


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Cher Away
- 317 days ago - fortheloveofthedogblog.com
It's been twelve years since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Twelve years and America still grieves.



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NicoleAWAY W. (629)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:24 am
well deserved tribute, thank you Cher
 

Georgeta Trandafir (33)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:35 am
noted.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:42 am

I think this might be a well deserved tribute to the dogs.

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Suzanne L. (152)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:05 am
Thank you Cher. These dogs deserve to be remembered with great admiration. The search and rescue dogs were faithful to words of command and were undaunted by the tasks given them. They worked with unstinting devotion and sense of duty. There were also 2 Labrador guide dogs, Salty and Roselle, who led their blind owners down more than 70 flights of crowded, smoke-filled stairways to escape the World Trade Centre on 11 Sept. 2001.
 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:06 am


seems forloveofthedog site is having issues.


 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:06 am


from the article....

It’s been twelve years since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Twelve years and America still grieves. But take some time today to remember and honor the victims and heroes of 9/11/01 – the emergency rescue teams and their canine companions.

Back in 2011, we did a series surrounding the 9/11 attacks and the dogs that participated. Please look back with us and see the good and the bad of 9/11/01.

 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:07 am


For Gallantry, We Also Serve

, they also serve.

Animals have aided man in battle and disaster ever since ancient times. Medals of Honor have been bestowed upon men and women for heroism and bravery for decades, but never to animals.

Only the United Kingdom has a medal strictly for animals that have served above and beyond in war and disaster. The Dickin Medal. A medal which is equivalent to the Victoria Cross, and the Congressional Medal of Honor here in the USA. It’s the only one of it’s kind.

The Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in war. Maria Dickin was the founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British charity that provides care for sick and injured animals of the poor. Maria established the award for any animal displaying bravery and devotion to duty whilst serving with the British armed forces or civil emergency services. The medal was awarded 54 times between 1943 and 1949 to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses and a cat for their heroism during World War II.



One recipient of the Dickin Medal was Rip, a dog made homeless after the Luftwaffe attack on East London in 1940. He attached himself to an Air Raid unit that had started to feed him scraps as they sifted through rubble looking for victims. Rip demonstrated a remarkable ability at digging out survivors – almost supernatural. He was never trained as a search and rescue dog. Rip just *dug into* work and found numerous survivors. He had the ability to withstand exploding bombs, air raid sirens, fire and smoke. This led authorities to later train dogs formally to trace casualties.

In July 1945, his uncommon valor earned him the Dickin Medal, two years after it was introduced by the PDSA. He wore it proudly on his collar until he died. Rip died in 1946 and became the first animal hero to be buried in the PDSA cemetery in Ilford, Essex. Rip’s medal went up for auction in April 2009 and sold for £24,250. The winning bidder at the auction in London remains anonymous.

The last animal to receive the Dickin Medal during war time was Tich, a mixed breed dog that served with the 1st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps between 1941 and 1945.


Salty, Roselle, and Apollo

No other animal received the award after 1949. The medal was reinstated in 2000 but awarded to a war dog serving Canada during WWII. A Newfoundland dog named Gander who saved Canadian infantrymen on at least three separate occasions during the Battle of Lye Mun in Hong Kong December 1941. Gander picked up a thrown Japanese hand grenade and rushed with it toward the enemy, dying in the ensuing explosion, but saving the lives of several wounded Canadian soldiers.

And that’s it – sort of. It wasn’t until 9-11 that the medal was deemed worthy of recipients. And that honor went to three American dogs that assisted at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on the United States.

In 2002, the award went to Apollo, a search and rescue dog who served with the K-9 unit of the New York Police Department. Apollo and his handler were called in to assist with the rescue operations after the attacks. They arrived at the World Trade Center fifteen minutes after the attack, making Apollo the first search and rescue dog to arrive at the site after the collapse of the World Trade Center. At one point, Apollo was almost killed by flames and falling debris. However, he survived, having been drenched after falling into a pool of water just before this incident. Undaunted, Apollo shook off the debris and immediately started working.

His award was accompanied by these words:


Faithful to words of command and undaunted by the task, the dogs’ work and unstinting devotion to duty stand as a testament to those lost or injured.

Also receiving the Dickin Medal in 2002 were Salty and Roselle, two Labrador guide dogs that led their blind owners down more than 70 flights of crowded, smoke filled stairways to escape from the damaged World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Their award was accompanied by these words:


For remaining loyalty at the side of their blind owners, courageously leading them down more than 70 floors of the World Trade Center and to a place of safety following the terrorist attack on New York on 11 September 2001.

Make no mistake about it, a dog’s loyalty and sense of duty knows no boundaries. They face danger and death to stay near the ones they love. There is no greater force on earth than the loyalty of a dog.

To date, 63 medals have been awarded. I decided on writing about the Dickin Medal for coming this Sunday, it is the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. I’ll have more dog-related articles this week about the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. ~G.K. Chesterton



 

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:08 am


Sirius. Gone Too Soon.

He was named after the brightest winter star in the Northern Hemisphere – Sirius the Dog Star. A star of legend and mythology.

K-9 Sirius was a yellow Labrador Retriever,born in January 1997. He became an Explosive Detection Dog upon graduation from the Port Newark K-9 Center on July 15, 2000, he was assigned Badge #17 and was partnered with Officer Dave Lim of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police K-9 Unit. Lima and Sirius were stationed at the World Trade Center where they often searched hundreds of trucks and vehicles each day, as part of America’s “War on Terrorism”. Sirius was the only police dog killed by the terrorists on September 11, 2001.



On the morning of September 11, 2001, Sirius and Officer Lim were at their Station located in the basement of Tower Two. Lim heard an explosion and assumed a bomb had gone off, not knowing that it was actually the first hijacked airliner that crashed into WTC Tower One. Officer Lim went to aid evacuation of people from the building and left Sirius in his Kennel, thinking 1) it would be easier to have two free hands, and 2) Sirius would be safe in Tower Two basement. He promised Sirius he would be back.

Officer Lim failed to return for Sirius. Becoming trapped in the falling debris of Tower One, he wasn’t rescued until five hours later. Lim tried to make his way to the basement but was stopped by other rescue workers for it was two dangerous.

Four months later, on January 21, 2002, recovery teams at Ground Zero located Sirius’s remains. It was determined Sirius was killed instantly when the tower collapsed. Officer Lim was there when recovery teams found Sirius. Everything stopped and everyone saluted while Lim and other officers carried his dog’s body from the wreckage – draped with the American Flag.

A Memorial Service for Sirius was held on April 24, 2002 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Earlier that month, Sirius had been posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross at the British Embassy in Manhattan. Almost one hundred police dogs wearing badges covered by black ribbon as far away as California attended and filed past the wooden urn containing the ashes of Sirius, each stopping to salute. Seven officers fired a 21-gun salute.

FBI Special Agent Gerry Fornino, who had been in charge of searching for evidence and personal belongings at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, presented Officer Lim with Sirius’ metal water bowl, which had been pulled from Lim’s car. The bowl had been inscribed with Sirius’ shield number and the words:

“I gave my life so that you may save others.”

He was a loyal and courageous dog. He was also a good friend. Rest in Peace, Sirius. Your memory will be added to the legend of the star that shares your name.

Shiny and Sparkly and Splendidly Bright, Here One Day, Gone One Night – from Michael Jackson’s Gone Too Soon.

Update: There is now a Sirius Courage Award. The first two Sirius Courage Awards will be presented by Lt. David W. Lim posthumously to the family of SGT Zainah Caye Creamer, USA, and to the family of Petty Officer First Class John Douangdara, USN. The awards will be presented during the 9-11 Working Dog Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

On August 6, 2011, Petty Officer Douangdara and his Belgian Malinois canine partner Bart, assigned to an East Coast SEAL team, were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that took the lives of 29 other American service members.

SGT Zainah “Caye” Creamer and her canine partner Jofa, was attached to the 2d Battalion of the 502d Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan. On 12 January 2011, during an air assault operation while conducting route and building clearance missions in villages and along roadways, SGT Creamer was killed in action when an improvised explosive device detonated during the unit movement.


 

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:09 am


Bear. A Dog used for 9-11 Fraud and Deception

Captain Scott Shields and his eleven-year-old golden retriever, Bear, traveled to Ground Zero from Connecticut to help in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center. Bear was the first canine inside to search the rubble. He worked eighteen-hour days, and he is credited with finding the most victims, including FDNY Chief Peter Ganci and FDNY Commissioner Thomas Feehan.

Because of Bear’s heroism, Scott Shields established the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation that deployed 27 teams to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. They were credited with 847 live rescues and the evacuation of over 4,000 people by boat.

Bear also responded to the Oklahoma bombing site searching for victims.

Bear was written about for years in the major media as a hero. CNN, The New York Post, The Sun, The Greenwich Times, The Washington Times, and the Times of London.

Bear was honored as a Hero to Humanity by the United Nations, and his photograph was displayed there for the World Peace Celebration in 2003. He became the poster dog for the 911 rescue operations.

On September 11, 2004, the FDNY-EMS Academy in Fort Totten, New York honored Bear by etching his name into a brick that is part of a permanent memorial to the fallen heroes of 9/11.

Bear was wounded by a piece of metal at Ground Zero. He recovered fully but died one year later of cancer, just two months shy of his 13th birthday.

Bear was a top-of-the-line, all-out, honest-to-gosh, Atta-Boy hero.



And it was all lies.

Scott Shields is not known as the owner of the greatest search and rescue dog hero that ever lived. Scott Shields defrauded the federal government out of thousands of dollars after claiming he and Bear recovered bodies at ground zero in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In November 2008, Scott and Patricia Shields pled guilty to illegally obtaining government money from two agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross. He was arrested, along with his sister, Patricia Shields, in March 2007. According to court records, Scott and Patricia Shields applied for mortgage and rental assistance from FEMA after Sept. 11, 2001, claiming they lived in Manhattan at the time.

However, government records show they were living and working in Greenwich, Connecticut – not New York – and not eligible for FEMA assistance. The aid was only meant for people who lived near the World Trade Center, those who had been injured by the events, and businesses that were damaged. Not for those who moved to Manhattan after the fact. Shields received money earmarked for those living near Ground Zero: $38,906 from FEMA and $10,553 from the Red Cross after he gave false information to the agencies.

Shields was sentenced to eight months in federal prison after his conviction. After his release from prison, Shields entered into three years of supervised release. He was ordered pay back $49,439 to the government. His sister, Patricia Shields, received an identical sentence.

In 2002, Shields’ claims about Bear’s heroism were detailed in his book, “Bear: Heart of a Hero,” co-authored by Scott Shields and Nancy West. The book was pulled from shelves in 2006 when the publisher realized Shields was not a captain, and that his prior claims of assisting at the Oklahoma bombings and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were also false. Scott Shields was asked to leave Ground Zero on the first day by the K-9 Police Officer who headed the search and recovery efforts because Bear was not a trained search and rescue dog. In regards to Hurricane Katrina, Shields fabricated a letter from the governor of Louisiana inviting him to lead search and rescue efforts for victims of Katrina. The letter was posted on Shields’ website but was discredited by the governor’s office.

The co-author of the book, Nancy West, even went so far as to publicly announce the falsehoods of the book to the Princeton Packet newspaper in August 2006.


TO THE EDITOR: There have been many erroneous facts, as well as misleading information printed in news and television articles about Scott Shields and his dog, Bear. I hope the following helps both readers and the media who may be interested in gaining greater knowledge of Bear’s true story:

1. Scott Shields refers to himself as “captain” because that is what others called him for many years on the waterfront in New York and Connecticut. This does not refer to any military or authoritative rank.
2. Scott has emergency management training, but he and Bear did not have “official” or “professional” search and rescue training.
3. Bear did not accompany Scott to the World Trade Center to do search work. He was there because he was always at Scott’s side.
4. Bear is not credited with making any live finds at the WTC.
5. Bear did not find more victims than any other rescuer or canine. Many official search and rescue canine teams stayed and worked for weeks after Bear left. Presumably, these teams made many sad discoveries.
6. Scott and Bear did not work at the Oklahoma City bombing rescue and recovery mission.
7. Scott and Bear did not respond to the earthquake in Turkey.
8. Theodorable is not Bear’s son. At this time, Theodore is not a trained search and rescue dog. Theodore has been made an honorary “mascot” in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is not a Coast Guard SAR canine.

Nancy West, Hero Dog Publications, Broadway, Thornwood, NY, co-author & co-publisher with Scott Shields of “Bear: Heart of a Hero.”

There were also reports that Scott Shields defrauded an insurance company to pay Bear’s treatment on injuries from being at the WTC. Even though Bear was injured at the site, it was not from doing any search and rescue work, and he did not die from those injuries.

Veterinary Pet Insurance, a California-based insurance company, offered free insurance policies for the more than 300 search and rescue dogs that helped at Ground Zero. Owners of 89 of the dogs took the offer.

Five of them, including Bear, were rejected on the basis of pre-existing health conditions. Shields appealed and insisted it was the grueling 18-hour days Bear spent at Ground Zero, and not the worsening arthritis and cancerous infections which are typical in aging dogs. The insurance company yielded after hearing the appeal. In addition, a Nassau County animal shelter offered to cover the $3,000 cost of Bear’s outstanding medical bills and provide him with lifetime medical care.

And then there is the matter of the Foundation, The Bear Search and Rescue Foundation. According to the Foundation’s IRS submitted form 990, in 2003, there was over $37,000 in donations but only $2,000 of it was given out as grants. Except for a few expense deductions by Scott Shields, the bulk of it was never accounted for.

In February 2011, Scott Shields was back in court to answer for probation violations. It seems once Shields was out of prison, he continued his con at other events and rescues. Further probation restrictions were applied:
•Filing all delinquent or amended tax returns.
•Shutting down the Foundation website.
•Not to possess any law enforcement i.d. (Police, Fire, Military, Rescue, etc.)
•Not to engage in any fundraising or public speaking.
•Not to sell the book “Bear: Heart of a Hero”

And just this past July, Scott’s sister, Patricia Shields, was led from a Stamford, Connecticut courtroom to serve a two-year prison sentence for violating her probation. In 1999, Shields was handed a five-year suspended sentence and five years probation for first-degree larceny. She was ordered to make full restitution of $41,624 as part of her probation, but had failed to do so.

You need to check out this site, The Land of Pure Gold Foundation, Trading in on Tragedy for Fame. It catalogs all the fraud by Scott and Patricia Shields and contains PDFs of the court decisions regarding Scott Shields and his sister. It’s very nicely done.

Quite the pair, right? What a shame. What a dirty shame. These two used this dog to defraud the government of emergency money, and con good, caring people into donating to their charity. A charity based on lies. This was an insult to all first responders – the police, the EMTs, the fire departments, the search and rescue organizations, and the dogs and their handlers that work tirelessly, without any question or hesitation when the United States needs them.


 

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:11 am


DOGNY

Keeps your eyes peeled. If you come across brightly painted, unusual statues of full-sized German Shepherd dogs, you may have stumbled upon one of 100 specially commissioned art pieces honoring the search and rescue dogs of September 11 2001.



DOGNY, America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs was a public art initiative commissioned by the American Kennel Club to honor the search and rescue dogs involved in post-September 11th operations and to raise money to support future endeavors. After the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United 93 crash in Shanksville, PA, teams of handlers and dogs rushed in to assist in locating survivors. The AKC wanted to acknowledge these dogs with a public show of appreciation and a national effort to support their future missions. On the first anniversary of September 11, AKC and its affiliates, companies in the pet products industry, and many other organizations worked together to display over 100 uniquely painted sculptures of a Search and Rescue Dog throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The sculptures were displayed in throughout the streets of Manhattan for approximately three months. Each sculpture was sponsored by a patron and painted by an independent artist.

In Thanksgiving of 2002, the DOGNY sculptures were brought to Sotheby’s for a charity auction. One hundred percent of funds raised by AKC for DOGNY (including donations, sponsorships, and auction sales) have been allocated in the 501(c)(3) AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund for volunteer and professional canine search and rescue organizations throughout the country.

Many could be sitting in private collections, but many have been bought by dog and animal welfare organizations where they change the location of the statue every few months. As with “Above and Beyond”. This beautiful dog is now on display at Portland Fire Station 1, located at 55 SW Ash Street through the end of the year. This is the only statue to come to Oregon and was purchased through the collective efforts of three American Kennel Club Member Clubs of Rose City.

There is a picture book of DOGNY available here at Amazon.com. Each piece of art is explained by the artist along with the artist’s bio.

For more information on DOGNY and future initiatives, click here for their website......http://www.akc.org/dogny/index.cfm


 

Ruth S. (314)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:12 am
They deserve the tribute.
 

Cher Away Personal Msgs ONLY (1466)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:12 am


Cloning Heroism

Remember this picture? It’s one of the famous pictures taken of search and rescue teams at Ground Zero. This is Trakr and his partner, Halifax Regional Police Officer James Symington. They were one of the first K9 search and rescue teams to arrive at Ground Zero. Trakr found the last survivor buried beneath the collapsed towers, Genelle Guzman, the fifth and final survivor found in the rubble on Sept. 12, 2001.

For his heroic efforts, Trakr was presented with the United Nations Extraordinary Service to Humanity Award by Dr. Jane Goodall and was featured in books and magazines dedicated to 9/11 heroes.

In April 2009, Trakr died peacefully of old age at his home. He was 16 years old. He spent 10 years with James Symington, and they formed a bond that could not be broken.

This bond was so strong that a year before his death, a little bit of Trakr was preserved before he was to depart.

His DNA.



Trakr had been trained in the Czech Republic and had joined the police force in 1995 at the age of 14 months. Trakr worked for the department for six years, finding over $1 million in contraband, as well as finding missing people and helping in arresting hundreds of criminals.

Symington and Trakr left Canada abruptly when they saw the televised coverage of the World Trade Center attacks. Abruptly as in AWOL. Seems Symington forgot to clear it with the boss. Once back home, Symington was suspended.

Symington had also filed grievances with the Halifax Police Force over their proposed policy to euthanize dogs when they are retired from the force’s canine unit. Trakr was retired early and Symington left the force.

When all was done with his troubles with the police force, Symington and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he took a job in the entertainment industry. He soon learned of a contest being conducted by BioArts International (a biotech corporation in San Francisco) that was looking for the “World’s Most Clone-Worthy Dog” called the Clone Worthy Giveaway. At that point, Trakr was 15 years old and was suffering from degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease, and lost use of his hind legs. Symington beat 200 other entrants to win a free cloning of his beloved animal, with BioArts. The goal was to produce one clone, but as an added bonus, he got four additional cloned puppies. All were produced at the Sooam Biotech Foundation, a laboratory in South Korea. In his winning essay Symington wrote that “once in a lifetime, a dog comes along that not only captures the hearts of all he touches but also plays a private role in history.”

That’s five new genetic replicas of Trakr. Trakr’s replicas were born between December 2008 and April 2009 and live with Symington as part of his Team Trakr Foundation.

Team Trakr Foundation is a humanitarian, 501(c) 3 organization committed to training and deploying K9 search and rescue (SAR) teams across the United States and around the world. The dogs, called Team Trakr are being trained to find live victims who are lost, trapped or missing due to any emergency or disaster. Their training included five months of obedience, agility, tracking, disaster search and rescue, and area and building searches. Eventually, Team Trakr will complete their training regimen and be available on a volunteer-basis to assist other SAR organizations and first responders during life-saving missions. To ensure Trakr’s duplicates keep the most desired traits of their original, Team Trakr employs the talents of the dog trainer who originally trained Trakr.

In John Woestendiek’s book, Dog, Inc. (yes, that John Woestendiek, of Ohmidog!) he explores the reasons behind the desires to clone your most loyal and bestest friend. Is it to preserve your long, lost love? Deny yourself the pain of grieving? Attention? What is it that we are so afraid of that we need to replicate something so unique and precious. Sounds like cloning our dogs is more of a selfish human act than anything else. I have not read the book, but looks like I will be putting it on my list.

I’m not dismissing the merits of The Team Trakr Foundation. These pups will no doubt become expert rescue animals by the traits they were given from their…template. I sincerely wish the Foundation success.






That’s right, you see six. One more genetic double was added. A female. I’m sure, biologically, it is plausible for male-to-female cloning. Pretty sure. Sort of…maybe…

For me, the jury is still out on this whole cloning business. There is something to be said for “It’s better to have loved and lost”. We are all products of our environment, even animals. Cloning alone will not ensure the best of the original traits and tendencies will be preserved. Or suppress the worst of them. If you don’t believe me, go watch this movie – The Boys from Brazil.


 

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:13 am


Finding One Another

Today I attended the 9/11 Working Dog Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ (across from Lower Manhattan). Finding One Another honored canine working dog teams on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. They identified more than 950 working dog teams (civilian, government, law enforcement and military) who served in response to the attacks of 9/11. These teams were involved with search and rescue, recovery and security efforts at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, Shanksville and the Fresh Kills Landfill recovery site.

Today, they were honored


 

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Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:14 am


The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging. He’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone wrong. Just because that’s who he is.” – Joss Whedon


 

. (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:42 am
𝕲𝖔𝖉 𝖇𝖑𝖊𝖘𝖘 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖑𝖔𝖛𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖒 𝖆𝖑𝖑!!! 𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝕮𝖍𝖊𝖗!
 

Christeen Anderson (476)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:54 am
Never forget.
 

. (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:39 am
Another great heroes of the 9/11
thank you so much for sharing Cher
 

Sandi C. (237)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:50 am
We must never forget 9/11.
 

Sara P. (53)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 10:59 am
They had only a sense of duty.......Thanks to this small heroes!
 

Julie E. (317)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:27 am
Thank you Cher. This is a hard day for so many people. Very emotional...
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:55 am
I couldn't get thru reading everything you wrote about these amazing and heroic dogs without crying. There just aren't the words to express how much these beautiful animals are loved and honored. Too often they are forgotten in the midst of a crisis. But not today and for me, never again.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 11:57 am
A million stars to you Cher for sharing the heroic efforts each on of these dogs made. And an endless amount of stars for each one of them. Thank you for Chering.
 

Carol D. (104)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 12:41 pm
More great heroes of 9/11
How people can ever be cruel to dogs knowing what they can do i will never understand
None of us will forget 9/11 and we all knew exactly what we were doing at that moment in time RIP peace to all those that died and a prayer for those whose lives were changed forever
 

caroline s. (78)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 12:48 pm
We must never forget 9/11. }:-((((
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:11 pm
Thank you for this.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:30 pm
For the Love of the Dog! :-))

Thanks Cher.
 

Marilyn Traver (1)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 5:45 pm
Thank you
 

Connie O. (40)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:39 pm
very well deserved and remembered...ty
 

Diane K. (136)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 7:41 pm
Such good dogs! Not sure about the cloning, though! thx Cher
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 9:18 pm
Thank you Cher for highlighting the dog heroes of 9/ll and other dangerous situations. I got teary from reading what you wrote. I often feel that animal heroes get lost in our grief over human losses and I think they should be remembered well. I am hoping the museum that's being built under the surface memorial where the WTC once stood will have a wall or sectiondedicated to the dogs who served in all capacities during and after 9/ll.
 

Donna Hamilton (135)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:47 am
It's great to see these wonderful dogs get the tribute they so richly deserve.
 

gillian brown b. (68)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:29 am
Thank you!!!
 

Leslene Dunn (71)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:47 am
True heroes these animals, going about their duty working tirelessly alongside their humans, ever faithful! They more than ever deserve these awards. How anyone cannot love an animal is just beyond me - look at how amazing these animals are. RIP precious ones that have passed on, your job on earth is done and God has called you to lay at his feet.
 

Peggy A. (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 9:28 am
Thank you for sharing, a wonderful story.
 

Yvonne F. (163)
Friday April 11, 2014, 10:08 am
Dogs are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this, Cher
 
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