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Sunday, September 11, 2011


Photo courtesy of Dogs in the News. Check out their website for more photos and stories of the search and rescue dog teams of 911

September 11, 2011 marks a solemn anniversary. It's been ten years since the largest terrorist attack in America's history occurred. I don't think any of us will forget where we were when we got the news, and saw the nearly unbelievable images flicker across television screens.

There have been ceremonies and documentaries shown in recent days of the things that happened. They make us relive poignant stories of courage, survival, and incomprehensible loss. It can sometimes be difficult to watch, but still our duty to remember, in the same way that the generation before us remembered Pearl Harbor.

So many demonstrated bravery beyond measure that day. And among those gallant heroes were the canine search and rescue teams who participated in a desperate hunt for survivors...returning to recover remains.

Finding One Another (FOA), an organization dedicated to paying tribute to the search and rescue canines of 9-11, has organized a Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The ceremony will begin at 12:45pm on Sunday, September 11. Over 1,000 canine working dog teams who served at the 9-11 sites will line the processional route. Also participating will be veterinarians and other personnel who treated medical emergencies for injured dogs who worked the disaster. For more information, visit the FOA website.

Today we will reflect on those lost. We will honor heroes. And even if only for a moment, we will stand united again.


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

beautiful. Thank you for sharing

Mariodacat said...

Excelent post dear friend.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! 9/11 was a very tragic day and we will never forget it. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Wonderful Post!! THANKS

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I recently read an article written by a blind gentleman who worked in one of the Towers on 9/11. His guide dog led him through the stairwells to safety. Such trust he placed in his canine companion, who did not let him down. Here's the link, for those interested:

Oskar said...

Very well said.

Nubbin wiggles,

Anonymous said...

As an ex-Air Force dog handler I feel for those called on that day. The bond between dog and handler is an amazing one.

Thanks for the post.


FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

This is a very sad and emotional time for my Humans.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Unknown said...

Wes remembers at our house. Wes will never forget!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Whata nice tribute
Benny & Lily

Linda O'Connell said...

Hats off to ALL of the heroes, especially the four legged.

The Word Place said...

I saw an interesting news video clip on a (retired) canine who literally cut her teeth as a youngster on the 9-11 searches.

Man's Best Friend is apt.

Locally, a pack of (wild) dogs savaged and killed a herd of llamas, reminding us that the ultimate responsibility lies with man--who did not return the dogs' loyalty and forced them to band together for ill.

I sit here outside with my large beast, loosely tethered but free to roam within bounds, who asks nothing more than to be close to me--even if I did just have to "attack" her with her monthly flea-and-tick treatment which causes her some distress. She's not a 'fit' for me, but I would never re-home her because she thinks I'm a 'fit' for her. We make do. And when I get up in the mornings and see her curled on her pillow on the floor at the foot of my bed, I can't begrudge her the safety and security of my home.

Terrorzinhos said...

Beautiful post!

Ann Summerville said...

Great post

Ryker said...

Very touching and well said. God Bless America and all lives that dwell here.

Tammy said...

Beautifully said!

Lynn said...

Amazing animals.