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Labrador Retriever Breeder Welcomes 8 Puppies, Then Names Them After 9/11 Dog Heroes

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

This might just be the best naming system for dogs we’ve ever heard of.

Eight new Labrador retriever puppies were born in a single litter from Monday night to Tuesday, September 10 and 11, and the breeder decided to name each of them after one of the search-and-rescue dogs at Ground Zero.

Riley can probably claim the most iconic photo from the disaster — the yellow retriever was towed on a hanging basket across the rubble while he searched for survivors. Appollo was an NYPD K-9 unit and was the very first animal on the scene of the disaster, later awarded the Dickin Medal, the highest honor for search-and-rescue dogs.

Then there’s Sirius, which, yes, is the name of a Harry Potter character who can turn into a black pooch, but it’s is also the name of a dog who lost his life during the rescue operation. Salty was the guide dog who famously led his blind owner down the stairs from the 71st floor of the North Tower to safety, and then took him all the way to a friend’s house outside the city.

Jake, Trakr, Thunder, and Roselle fill out the roster. Tall Pine Labs, the breeders who came up with this clever scheme, is calling them the “9/11 Never Forget Litter,” and honestly, this might be the most fitting dog-inspired tribute ever.

Footage provided by WXMI Grand Rapids

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