In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 – close to a hundred search dogs were deployed along with their handlers to the World Trade Center site in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Though hardly any survivors were found from the rubble, these dogs provided comfort for the firemen and rescue teams. While they did their part in the extensive search, they were also therapy dogs for those who worked relentlessly during those dark days.
It’s been 14 years since and many of the dogs who were there have passed on.
On the 10th anniversary of the day that shocked the world, there was a book by Charlotte Dumas, Retrieved – of some of the surviving dogs who were a part of the search and rescue teams. 10 years is a lifetimes for some dogs, and soon they will all have been gone. So this book captured the remaining few in their vulnerable years – long after they have trampled through the ashes and the wreckage caused by hatred and anger.