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Rescue dogs of 9/11: The drama's unsung heroes
NY Post ^ | 9-4-11 | GINGER ADAMS OTIS

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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doggieping; herodogs; wtcrescue

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.

1 posted on 09/04/2011 8:01:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack

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.


2 posted on 09/04/2011 8:03:40 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bookmarking for later, just in case.


3 posted on 09/04/2011 8:12:10 AM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for posting. Here are some more photos from 2002 of 9-11 rescue dogs:

http://dogsinthenews.com/issues/0209/articles/020911a.htm


4 posted on 09/04/2011 8:31:20 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I loved the part where the doggies got massages and accupuncture and the medical doctors helped out!


5 posted on 09/04/2011 8:45:04 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: algernonpj

Thank you for the dog and handler page. I’m all teary.


6 posted on 09/04/2011 8:50:32 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: algernonpj

Thank you for the dog and handler page. I’m all teary.


7 posted on 09/04/2011 8:50:32 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

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.


8 posted on 09/04/2011 8:53:09 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Nov. 6, 2012 - Rebut, refute, reFudiate!)
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To: algernonpj; afraidfortherepublic; All

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!


9 posted on 09/04/2011 8:57:17 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

10 posted on 09/04/2011 8:58:27 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
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"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

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.

http://www.faithfreedom.org/

http://forum09.faithfreedom.org/index.php?sid=861cecf699f5b0faff20b13df6396817

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'Remembering 9/11' on the Geographic Channel. Repeating Thursday 3PM CST: 'Inside 9/11: Zero Hour'- EXCELLENT.

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This moving video is the most viewed of any of the 9/11 videos and is now in the Smithsonian.

http://www.frugalsites.net/911/attack/

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.

11 posted on 09/04/2011 9:09:42 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

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!!!!


12 posted on 09/04/2011 9:24:36 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hoo-boy. A double whammy: a tearjerker doggie story AND 9/11.


13 posted on 09/04/2011 9:28:30 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Jonah is my patron saint.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


14 posted on 09/04/2011 9:38:49 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: afraidfortherepublic

BTTT!


15 posted on 09/04/2011 9:41:50 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Great dog thanks for posting!

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.

16 posted on 09/04/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Congratulations on the MUCH work and FUN getting your dog Certified! !

Take pics if you can...!


17 posted on 09/04/2011 10:00:10 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; USMCWife6869; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Kozak; ...
Includes GS story....tear-jerkers all around.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST

Flora Berkemeyer

This is a low-volume list………so don’t worry!

(Please Freep-mail me if you’d like to be on or off the list.)

18 posted on 09/04/2011 10:06:54 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Brad's Gramma
It was more fun than work getting Hairy certified. He is the perfect dog for this, sweet, non aggressive (unless you are a rabbit), loves everyone (except rabbits), soft to the touch and he smiles a lot. I am tech challenged so I will need help with the pictures. I have a couple of freepers I can call on so I'll see what I can do.
19 posted on 09/04/2011 10:59:31 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

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!!!


20 posted on 09/04/2011 11:03:27 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Have tissues handy.

Thanks, my allergies are acting up.....

21 posted on 09/04/2011 11:14:01 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


22 posted on 09/04/2011 11:20:23 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Brad's Gramma

Yes rabbit stew! :D


23 posted on 09/04/2011 11:25:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: the OlLine Rebel

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.


24 posted on 09/04/2011 1:06:05 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: chris_bdba

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


25 posted on 09/04/2011 1:11:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Ditter

And does your JRT just STARE at the patients? (Frasier reference — F’s main complaint about Eddie. “He’s looking at me!”)


26 posted on 09/04/2011 1:14:50 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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).


27 posted on 09/04/2011 1:45:58 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

The breeders should have stuck with Flora’s architecture. She is gorgeous.


28 posted on 09/04/2011 2:29:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Hairy was magnificent! He smiled at the patients and was his usual sweet self. Two of the old women didn't like dogs and one of them brushed imaginary dog hair off her pants when ever a dog walked by, she wrinkled up her nose. ha ha! Her loss! Hairy was great and everyone loved him. I am going to try to get a picture posted on one of the doggie threads so everyone can see him.
29 posted on 09/04/2011 2:50:23 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Good job to both of you!!!!!


30 posted on 09/04/2011 2:54:13 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: Ditter

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.


31 posted on 09/04/2011 2:55:36 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Ditter

A LOT of credit goes to his handler too.

;)


32 posted on 09/04/2011 2:58:34 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

~~~~~blush~~~~blush :)


33 posted on 09/04/2011 3:08:11 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

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.

;)


34 posted on 09/04/2011 3:30:55 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes, the AKC has destroyed the breed. They should be jailed for animal cruelty


35 posted on 09/04/2011 4:50:07 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: SendShaqtoIraq

For some reason I’m not able to see the pic you’re all talking about..

:(


36 posted on 09/04/2011 5:56:03 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Mr B has a new cousin on the way!)
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To: SendShaqtoIraq

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.


37 posted on 09/04/2011 7:48:47 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

How did the sloping back become so prevalent in the breed?


38 posted on 09/04/2011 10:35:20 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

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.)


39 posted on 09/05/2011 7:24:37 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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