I wasn’t even born that fateful day of 9.1.1. — but I’ve heard about it.
During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors. Now, a decade later, just 15 of these heroic canines survive. They have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits titled “Retrieved.”
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. Tara 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 and remained there for ten days.
Guiness, 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 27th as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.
Abigail, lying down in the photograph, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days, while Tuff, pictured standing, arrived in New York at 11:00 p.m. on the day of attack to start working early the next day.
Hoke and handler Julie Noyes 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 search for survivors.
The book, “Retrieved,” is shown on the Amazon site with the notation: Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available. It appears to be coming out soon, and I didn’t want to wait to tell you about this fabulous collection. Check it out here: http://amzn.to/rb90Du