This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While the focus of most media is on the tragic events of that terrible day, Yahoo News ran a poignant slideshow featuring some of the 13 canine members of the Search Dog Foundation who searched for victims for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These teams offered hope in a world that felt bleak and hopeless – even if all they might find were remains that would help give families closure.
I’m running a few of the photos on the blog so that as we remember and honor the human rescuers and the thousands of victims of 9/11, we can do the same for these heroic dogs. Head to the Yahoo News page to see the complete slideshow.
In the above photo, border collie Cowboy searches for victims in the rubble of the Twin Towers.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Debra Tosch and her search-and-rescue partner, Abby, searching at the World Trade Center disaster site.
Erick Robertson comforts his year-old search-and-rescue dog, Porkchop, as he receives intravenous fluids for dehydration after working four days to find victims of the World Trade Center attack. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
A very calm, brave rescue dog being transported out of the debris of the World Trade Center. (Reuters/HO/U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist First Class Preston Keres)