The 9/11 dogs in retirement

These are the dogs that worked the world trade center on 9/11. They are still alive but retired. True heroes these guys

Their eyes say it all

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days

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Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days

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Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

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Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

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Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days

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Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

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Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day

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Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled Retrieved.  The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on Friday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted ‘Retrieved’ to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

‘I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,’ explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam.

‘They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.’

Charles Mayfield

Tip of the hat to dog lover and friend Susan for these pictures and story

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14 Responses to The 9/11 dogs in retirement

  1. Peggy Roche

    September 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oh, wow!BoB and I are sharing and saluting these true heros! 🙂

  2. Karen

    September 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    What a touching story… love the brave doggies! xoxo

  3. Michael John Scott

    September 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’m so glad you guys like it. I know I did and knew I had to publish these pictures.

  4. Thomas Herold

    September 19, 2011 at 3:39 am

    A very touching story, those should be published much more than all this boring politics. I hope the book will be very successfully, those dogs deserve it.
    Greetings from Germany

  5. Karen

    September 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    This story is great. I actually saw this on another website. Glad to see they are getting the recognition they deserve!!

  6. Louise

    October 1, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Always. In our hearts with love and gratitude.

  7. Bobe

    October 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Dogs are better than people. All dogs are better than all people. It’s just a fact. 🙂

    • Michael John Scott

      October 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      I agree. 100%. Always. It’s just a fact 🙂

  8. Sarah

    February 26, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Are these dogs becoming sick like so many of the other rescue workers who sacrificed because of 9/11?

  9. Anonymous

    March 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Amazing animals and not wanting recognition for their work just helping people with the help of good citizins

  10. Debbie King

    April 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you from the Bottom of my Heart ! and Godbless ALL these adorable Brave Dogs and their equally BRAVE Masters xx we LOVE you..an ex pat in Costa aRica (whe would NEVER be an EX PATRiot I depise that label ..but ..love USA just married a foreigner Boo Hoo LOL

  11. veronica

    July 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    dogs.you gotta love them.they are so cute.i love them.

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