Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remembering 9/11: Twelve Years Later

September 11, 2001. Twelve years ago. I remember exactly where I was when the news broke. A horrific day. Babies have grown up. Young children are now adults. Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs retired and passed on. Time marches on, but we will never forget. 

On this memorial day of 9/11, we want to pay tribute to all the heroes of that day, and those days following the attacks on America...both human and canine.

We are still a nation in healing. I think we will always be. We are so thankful for all those who answered the call that fateful day, even though the two simple words "Thank You" just does not seem enough to express our gratitude. Our hearts go out to the families of lost loved ones, and our deepest, sincerest thanks to all of the heroes of 9/11.

We will always remember.

There are so many 9/11 stories, many still untold. If you were on a K-9 team, a vet, or VMAT (veterinary medical assistance team) and  have a story to share, or know of someone who does, please visit the Finding One Another website and click on the icon for "Finding One Another: Courage Beyond Measure" to register your 9/11 service stories. Also visit their 9/11 Recognition Ceremony photo gallery HERE.

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas located 15 of the then-surviving canines and she went to visit them in their homes, photographing them with their handlers for a beautiful photographic tribute in her book titled Retrieved. A wonderful way to remember some of those amazing canines.

We will always remember our heroes.

From the 10 Year Anniversary Recognition Ceremony for the 9/11 SAR Dogs: 

We will never forget.


  1. FABulous tribute guys...fabulous.
    Ruby ♥

  2. Thank you so much for sharing both of these videos, it's good to be reminded of the enormous job these canines did. What wonderful people it takes to train and work with SAR dogs. We need to always remember, but to also remember the dogs.

    take care,
    Lucy (silent MOD, Troy, Ohio)