Monday, August 13, 2012

4-Legged Heroes of 9/11

9/11 Dogs Today
Nearly 100 dogs worked at the trade center ten years ago; only 13 are left.
These are the surviving dogs that worked the trade center that are still alive but retired; they are heroes, too.
Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures
True heroes of 9/11 still with us today
Moxie, 13, from Winthrop , Massachusetts , arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti,
at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.
Tara, 16, from Ipswich , Massachusetts , arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th.
The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days.
Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis , Indiana , was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11
and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress , Texas ,
arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days.
Guinness, 15, from Highland , California , started work at the site with Sheila McKee
on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24,
working the night shift for five days.

Red, 11, from Annapolis , Maryland , went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16
until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days
while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in
Denver on September 24 and searched for five days.

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero,
just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.
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 12 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 was published on 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 recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.
"I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved," explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam. "They speak to us as a different species, and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective."
 I was so touched by the above story and pictures when they came to me on email, I had to share.  If you are interested in Charlotte's book, .RETRIEVED, click here
I was not compensated for this post and I've never had any contact with Charlotte.  I just felt it was important to share this.


Stephen Hayes said...

Wonderful post. I loved the individual pictures and stories. They truly are man's best friend.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...thanks for loving on these often unsung heroes...they do play an important role in our lives...and also in a reading their stories...

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Wow, Eva! Thanks for letting us know about this - I posted your post on Facebook.

Terri Sonoda said...

Beautiful dogs and post! Heroes indeed! Thanks for sharing Eva.

Al Penwasser said...

Wow, wow, wow. Never thought of that. Thanks for this.

Nancy Thompson said...

What an amazingly touching story. Thank you so very much for sharing this with us! They are beautiful old souls!

Sue said...

Thanks, Eva. Really interesting stuff and touching, too.


Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Thanks, Eva, I never thought about rescue dogs working the site. Seeing photos makes it more memorable.

Erin @ The Grass Skirt said...

This is such a sweet post! I have a big soft spot for dogs, so it got to me. :) Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today!

Fragrant Liar said...

Really cool tribute to incredible pups and their handlers. Collars off to them!

River said...

I'd forgotten about the dogs and the wonderful work they did.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Unsung heroes!