Gone but not forgotten: The dogs of 9/11


I can’t believe it’s been another year already. Another 9/11 anniversary. Now, it’s been long enough that high school students are learning about the day as a history lesson, as they were either far too young to have any memories or were not yet born.

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Courtesy of Texas Task Force

Bretagne, the last surviving 9/11 dog, passed away this summer at the ripe age of 16. She was only 2 years old on 9/11/2001, but she worked over 12 hours a day as a search and rescue dog at ground zero. She’s become the face of the K9 heroes of 9/11 who worked tirelessly to save the lives of so many trapped under debris.

Bretagne, 9/11 dog, 9/11, search and rescue
Courtesy of NY Daily News

And days into the mission, after the rescue effort became a recovery effort, they searched for the bodies of loved ones in an attempt to bring closure to devastated families.

Here are some of the other dogs who worked heroically on that fateful day:

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Courtesy of For The Love Of The Dog
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Click here for more portraits of the dogs of 9/11.

Today we give thanks for the heroes of 9/11, alive and deceased, whether they had 2 legs or 4. We will never forget you.

 

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