A couple weeks ago my mommy bought this book.
Dog Heroes of September 11th, A tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs, By Nona Kilgore Bauer
She had seen it before but didn't buy it thinking it might be really sad. This time she decided it was worth trying because a portion of the proceeds benefit the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Their mission is to "produce certified search and rescue teams to protect our whole nation." SDF receives no government funding, and relies on supporters throughout the country to provide these services.
Mommy is really glad she bought it. The book is about how these dogs not only found victims of the attack helping to bring some closure to their families, but also how, just by their presence helped the human rescuers, who’d lost so much, get through the awful tragedy of September 11, 2001. The dogs received pets, hugs, whispered secrets and licked tears from the faces of those who worked at Ground Zero.
Far from being sad, it is an uplifting book about how animals bring comfort even in the darkest of dark times.
As the holidays draw near, you might consider giving this book to an animal lover you know. Or, just pick up a copy yourself, after all, it goes to a good cause.
I tilt my ears and send purrs of respect to the canines and humans who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero and thank them for their efforts. They are the real superheroes.