Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Legacy of the Canine Heroes of 9/11

September 11, 2001. Eleven years ago the unthinkable happened. A day that will never be forgotten.

Today is dedicated to all those  - canine and human - who  responded to the call of duty that day, and the days following, at the World Trade Center in New York City, in the Staten Island landfill, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC; and in the Pennsylvanian field.  

Last year on this date, Jersey City’s Liberty State Park - directly across the river from Ground Zero - was the site of a recognition ceremony organized by the Finding One Another (FOA) and held in honor of the Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 heroes who responded to a call for help that day and the ensuring weeks that followed  9/11. While a majority of the dogs of 9/11 have now journeyed across the Rainbow Bridge, the ceremony highlighted highlighted the diligence, loyalty, and devotion of those working dogs. 

“The most important thing for America to know about the working dogs is that on a very personal level they serve human beings every single day. They are highly skilled & trained professionals that who are not yet recognized for what they do & to the best of our knowledge we have been repeatedly told told that technology can not replicate the unique skills they have. So every single day…they are out there making a difference in your life and in America’s life." 
~ Linda Blick, MSW Tails of Hope Foundation.

Here is a video from The Dog Files from that ceremony called, "Hero Dogs of 9/11: Legacy."

 And here is the original The Dog Files video "Hero Dogs of 9/11"

If you would like to read more about these amazing K9 heroes, I highly recommend a book that is in my personal collection, Dog Heroes of September 11th; A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs by Nona Kilgore Bauer. This hard cover book contains many hauntingly beautiful color photographs of the dedicated SAR dogs hard at work during that historical day. 

The legacy of the 9/11 SAR dog teams will always live on in our hearts and minds for their unwavering service.

We will never forget.


  1. I love this post. I walked past the WTC this morning and it is hard to think about it all. I love how you mentioned that canines serve folks every day. Such a great reminder.

  2. Thank you for a wonderful post. The videos really tug at our hearts.

  3. Such wonderful heros. We will always remember.

  4. Such wonderful videos for some amazing heroes. Our eyes are leaking...

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I had no idea. Maybe I did, but I forgot. I am sharing this on my Facebook & on my blog. Someone else shared the 911memorial site & I found a book about the Dog Heroes. So Here is a link : https://www.911memorial.org/catalog/dog-heroes-september-11.html

    I think it is so important to recognize the Working Dogs, too. One day in the near future we will need to get my daughter, who is disabled, a service dog. It could be sooner than later.

  6. very touching, thank you so much for sharing

  7. If Ground Zero was Hell as described and I do not doubt it one bit then all one can truly say the SAR dogs and their handlers Marched into Hell for a Heavenly Cause!

  8. Wonderful post. Thank you for remembering those canines that are sometimes overlooked, forgotten, or not even known about. They are truly heroic. It takes great bravery to go into such a scary and dangerous place. I assume that for the SARs dogs, though, it was probably just another working day, doing what they do best and were trained to do. Simply amazing dogs!

    I also love the photo at the top with all of the FiveSibes. Very sweet and moving.

    Beautiful post, and thanks for the videos and book links.

    Suka and K

  9. These dogs ARE incredible heroes. Not only were they brave beyond expectation during the tragedy but many many many of them fought cancer and horrible respiratory diseases for the rest of their lives as a result of their exposure during those days of search and rescue. Thanks for keeping their memories alive.