Skip to comments.Rescue dogs of 9/11: The drama's unsung heroes
Posted on 09/04/2011 8:01:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
She was a 3-year-old golden-haired beauty when she got the call to respond to her first disaster.
Now, stiffer, slower and a bit gray, 13-year-old Bretagne is one of just a handful of World Trade Center rescue dogs still alive.
"We arrived on 9/12 and started working right away," said Bretagne's handler, Denise Corliss, a search-and-rescue volunteer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bretagne had spent more than a year learning how to find survivors in concrete rubble, but her Cypress, Texas, training site was nothing like Ground Zero.
She clambered up ladders to get on top of the huge debris piles, padded across broken glass and twisted steel beams, wiggled into small spaces and crawled into dark holes, all the while sniffing through mounds of pulverized concrete searching for clues that would lead her to survivors. Like all the rescue dogs, she worked without a leash or a collar.
The dogs also didn't wear protective booties, despite the crushed glass
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/rescue_the_unsung_dogs_of_drama_9PI2jS3hnB7Bhi3HzDMa7N#ixzz1Wzo03s7z
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
F. Carter Smith
GOLDEN GIRL: Tireless golden retriever Bretagne sprang into action on her first rescue mission, an assignment after 9/11 at Ground Zero, where she searched the rubble and raised the spirits of emergency workers.
Hero Doggie ping
The whole article is worth a read — especially the 2nd page where they discuss the German Shepherd. According to FR rules this had to be excerpted. Have tissues handy.
Bookmarking for later, just in case.
Thanks for posting. Here are some more photos from 2002 of 9-11 rescue dogs:
I loved the part where the doggies got massages and accupuncture and the medical doctors helped out!
Thank you for the dog and handler page. I’m all teary.
Thank you for the dog and handler page. I’m all teary.
Thank you posting that part. I thought it might be too difficult to read and was going to pass up on it till you posted that.
Oh, my, these “TAILS” have me wiping my eyes. There is nothing more wonderful than the gift God has given man, our loyal and loving dogs. Especially the brave creatures who have served and protected us. If you have a dog, read these stories and then give your pet a hug...and a steakbone!
"Every 'moderate' Muslim is a potential terrorist. The belief in Islam is like a tank of gasoline. It looks innocuous, until it meets the fire. For a 'moderate' Muslim to become a murderous jihadist, all it takes is a spark of faith.
It is time to put an end to the charade of moderate Islam. There is no such thing as moderate Muslim. Muslims are either jihadists or dormant jihadists moderate, they are not."
Ali Sini is head of Faith Freedom International. FFI is a grassroots worldwide movement of ex-Muslims and all those who are concerned about the rise of the Islamic threat.
'Remembering 9/11' on the Geographic Channel. Repeating Thursday 3PM CST: 'Inside 9/11: Zero Hour'- EXCELLENT.
This moving video is the most viewed of any of the 9/11 videos and is now in the Smithsonian.
Be sure to read (at the site) Anatomy Of The Attack and the moving essay,That Day by Steve Golding, a New Yorker who lived through it.
AND.....they don’t like Doggies!!
I hope the last thing Bin Laden saw was the Seals and the Seal Commnado with 4 paws staring down bin Laden in honor of all the furry Commando doggie compatriots!!!!
Hoo-boy. A double whammy: a tearjerker doggie story AND 9/11.
Beautiful article! The story about the German Shepherd just made me totally well up with tears. Not only did this dog help with the rescue but assisted the fireman with a hug.
Just so you know, my JRT Hairy the Angel dog and I are going to the Forum in Houston today. He is a newly certified therapy dog and he is going over there to cheer up the folks in the convalescent ward.
Congratulations on the MUCH work and FUN getting your dog Certified! !
Take pics if you can...!
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So then....his favorite dish is rabbit stew?
I’m glad you have friends to help you post pics, cuz I’ll be waiting!!
Go forth and have fun!!!
Thanks, my allergies are acting up.....
I sur hope someone remembers to put up a monument to these guys someday with a plaque with all of their names engraved into it.
Yes rabbit stew! :D
Nice doggie! Which brings me to a question. How old is that picture? Who is that dog? Note that he does not have that exaggerated, sloping back that is so prevalent and problematic today.
Thanks for posting.
Great idea! And hopefully Bloomberg will no longer be mayor. Bloomberg seems to want to banish everyone from the 9-11 memorial. He probably wouldn’t let the dogs in — fearful that they would offend his Muslim friends. s/off
And does your JRT just STARE at the patients? (Frasier reference — F’s main complaint about Eddie. “He’s looking at me!”)
SHE is Flora Berkemeyer, 1911, legendary “beauty of the breed” - the 1st real beauty with the typical “black & tan” markings, whose influence in the breed is about as inescapable as the “founding sire”, Horand von Grafrath (who himself is several times in her pedigree).
The breeders should have stuck with Flora’s architecture. She is gorgeous.
Good job to both of you!!!!!
Oh, please do post his picture. I’d love to see your JRT. Congrats to him for a successful first time out as a therapy dog.
A LOT of credit goes to his handler too.
Be proud. Very proud.
I have a service animal, I know of what I speak.
Working with her has been a dream come true. And YOU know what I mean.
Yes, the AKC has destroyed the breed. They should be jailed for animal cruelty
For some reason I’m not able to see the pic you’re all talking about..
It’s not just the AKC (GSDCA). It’s the SV, too. And I’d say about anyone who’s classified as a “reputable breeder”, generally by those who are part of those org’s.
How did the sloping back become so prevalent in the breed?
After the decade that ruined everything. I mean, it really ruined everything.
(Actually, it’s not really a “sloped back”, but the exaggerated stance with over-long legs and exaggerated angles. Most “Americans” have legs that are so long they don’t walk right, but seen in average stand or walk they don’t slope much. “Germans” have created, meanwhile, a horrid roach back that belongs only on running dogs such as greyhounds. All degenerated at the same time.)