Articles: Search and Rescue dogs

One Hero Dog Saves 50; First Responders with Four Legs

There have been many heroes in Mexico, helping to find victims still alive under the rubble in Mexico City and elsewhere. Many of those first responder heroes happen to have four legs. One dog alone, named Frida, reportedly rescued 50.

Remembering Canine Heroes of September 11

Cowards were responsible for the unprovoked attacks on America on September 11, 2001. Heroes responded to those attacks. Among those heroes were at least 400 search-and-rescue dogs and their human handlers, who worked onsite at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania, where United Airlines flight 93 crashed. The majority of the dogs…

Hero Dogs of September 11

Like most people, I’ll never forget where I was on September 11, 2001.  I was at home watching “The Today Show.” When I realized America had been attacked, my first thought was for my wife. I must have dialed Robin 500 times in two minutes. At that time, she was working in a high rise…

Last 9/11 Search Dog Dies a Hero

Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) is the last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog, and she was euthanized Monday (June 6). She was over 16-years old, and it was simply time to allow a peaceful ending to a life well-lived. Bretagne went out the way a hero should (tissue warning if you watch the video), as…

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing

Summing up twenty years isn’t easy, as I begin my third decade of writing my Tribune Content Agency newspaper column I have a wealth of memories to recall. I was the first journalist to speak with a search and rescue dog handler at the World Trade Center, within 48 hours after September 11, 2001.  Driving…

Hero Dogs of September 11 Remembered

“Dog Heroes of September 11: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs” was released in 2006. Looking back and remembering, here’s  my rewind of this story: Chris Selfridge of Johnstown PA was outside working on his new home when his wife, who was 7-months pregnant at the time, called him inside to watch the…

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

Wow! What a Gala event, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, held October 6, 2012 at the classic Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles (same place the Golden Globes are). The emcee was Kristin Chenoweth, as seven hero dogs (in seven categories) were hailed by the celebrity audience for what they do everyday. One…

Bloodhound Sniffs Out Bank Robber

Bloodhounds are the underdogs of the dog the dog world, finding hundreds of lost and confused people, and trekking bad guys but rarely receiving public acclaim. This time around, a 4-year old Bloodhound made the news, even being dubbed a “rock star,” said Frank Bilecki, spokesperson for he Cook Country Sheriff Tom Dart, according to…

U.S. Postal Service Honors Working Dogs

Here’s the press release….a nice thing, I think…USPS honoring working dogs MERRIFIELD, VA — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the enduring partnership between dogs and people with the issuance of the 65-cent Dogs at Work set of four stamps. “We are proud to commemorate these specialized dogs on stamps,” said U.S. Postal Inspection Service Homeland…

WGN Radio Petcast, American Humane Association Salute to American Canine Heroes

Listen HERE to this very special WGN Radio Petcast (note, this podcast may take a few moments to load). A celebration of the The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine, seen on the Hallmark Channel on November 11. This is the first ever televised celebration of ordinary dogs (and people)…

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