When the September 11 attacks happened, no matter who you were, you wanted to try and help in some way.
The dogs featured in this article were all used in search and rescue efforts, and many of them have spent their entire lives searching and rescuing after different catastrophes.
These photographs are beautiful reminders that dogs have huge hearts, and live to help people! Dogs routinely put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect their owners and others, and it seems like they never take a moment to think about themselves. They truly understand what unconditional love means!
All of their owners should be proud to have such brave and helpful pets!
Moxie, 13 years old, was one of the first responders to the World Trade Center, and helped identify several bodies. She has since retired, and lives happily by the water in Massachusetts.
Orion is 13 years old, and spent five days searching for victims of the 9/11 attacks. Orion went on to work with rescuers searching for hikers in the High Sierras, "at elevations of as much as 12,000 feet."
Guinness, who is 14 years old, was at the World Trade Center for 10 days after 9/11, and has also been vital in areas affected by hurricanes, such as Katrina.
Red, 11, worked at the Pentagon for 11 days, "finding remains for DNA identification in the north parking-lot area."
Bailey, 14, was also at the Pentagon. These days she still participates in search and rescues in her home state. "Even today, if I say we’re going to search, she’ll get all excited. She still perks up,’’ her owner is quoted as saying.
Tara, who died earlier this year at age 16, assisted at the World Trade Center. She had a 9-year career as a search and rescue dog.
Bretagne, 10 years old, worked her first rescue mission at Ground Zero, and has since worked with rescuers at sites affected by as Katrina and Rita.