As the nation commemorates the 10 year anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, we are once again reminded of the tragic events that occurred that day and the loved ones that were lost. The 9/11 attacks brought about the largest deployment of Search and Rescue dogs in U.S. history. Over 350 trained Search and Rescue dogs and handlers came to the Pentagon and the Twin Towers site to search for survivors.
Heroes in Action
Searching day and night for survivors, these heroic dogs worked obediently, searching tirelessly, risking injury and offering comfort. The search and rescue dogs were mostly Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Collies, German Shepherds. Also there were Spaniels, Dachshunds, other pure breeds and plenty of talented mutts. The dogs worked with their handlers up to 16 grueling hours a day. Today, most of these hero pups are retired, or deceased, but they leave a legacy and a story that must be told.

Roselle Roselle
Roselle was on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11. As Roselle guided Hingson toward the stairway, they encountered a woman who was having trouble seeing due to the smoke and particle debris. The brave Roselle led Hingson and the woman together down 77 flights of stairs to safety.
 
 
Trackr Trackr
Trackr was one of the first K-9s to arrive at Ground Zero on 9/11. Twenty-seven hours later, the dog hero played a part in the rescue of the last surviving human of 9/11. She was found under thirty feet of dangerously unstable rubble and debris. Trackr was later then cloned before he passed away at the age of 16.
 
 
Dorado Dorado
Dorado, a Labrador Retriever, was a guide dog for his blind owner. Dorado was on the 71st floor of the north tower with his owner when the plane hit. Dorado guided his owner down 70 flights of stairs. It took them an hour to get out, but they safety escaped before the building collapsed.
 
 
Remebering our Heroes
In remembrance to all the people and animals that were lost that day, the Search Dog Foundation will be holding a private ceremony to remember those who lost their lives 10 years ago at the World Trade Center and to recognize those (both two- and four-legged) who continue to risk their lives to save others.

They are asking you to join them in remembering these heroes by lighting a candle at 8:46am EST. This event will show the first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero and every disaster since then that we appreciate their hard work and sacrifice.

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