From the battlefields of the First World War dogs have emerged as one of our best tools for search and rescue of vulnerable missing persons.
In New York City, around 100 search and rescue dogs were brought in for the arduous task of searching for bodies in the aftermath of 9/11
'During the aftermath of 9/11, Search and Rescue dogs found so few living people, that it caused them great stress because they believed they had failed. Handlers and Rescue workers had to regularly hide in the rubble in order to give the rescue dogs a successful find, and keep their spirits up.' – Source
Not many people know it, but dogs were also brought in to help with the emotional aftermath of 9/11, 'In the aftermath of 9/11, not all deployed dogs were search and rescue animals. Some were trained Animal-Assisted Therapy dogs who provided emotional support to rescue workers and to families of victims who perished on 9/11. Trained therapy dogs walked the floor in New York City’s Family Assistance Center, where people suddenly bereft of loved ones sought help. Therapy dogs also accompanied victims’ relatives on special ferry rides down the Hudson River to the site of the tragedy – the safest and most private way to travel to Ground Zero. Some people held the dogs and released pent-up grief. Other people overcome by sadness were calmed by the dogs.'
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.