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DogDaz Zoo: We Will Never Forget

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We shall never forget! Here is Mommy at the 9/11 North Tower Memorial pre-opening in 2012. Mommy grow up in NY so the devastation hit hard for her home state, but we live outside of Washington, DC now, so when the planes crashed at the Pentagon, the devastation directly affected our friends and family as well. May we never have to experience this terror again. – DogDaz Zoo


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Black and White Sunday: Infrared & Rememberance


Instead of Louise in black and white, I chose the infrared filter. I really like how the grass and buddleia turned white/gray.

While you enjoy your Sunday please

Remember the fallen of 9/11


Thank you to all those who are trying to put the world back together again



This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


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There are really no words that can describe the horror of this event. Since I live in the Washington DC area, and come from New York, these attacks effected so many people that I know. From my cousins who were first responders at the Pentagon, my friend working inside the Pentagon when it was hit and survived, my family and friends working in Manhattan at the time of the attack, my colleague on the plane that went down in Pennsylvania and the one that perished in the second tower, I will never forget you. This is just so wrong. Yet, people around the world live with this terror everyday of their lives. I pray everyday for an end to this violence. This is not the answer to anything. But those of you reading this know that. Light a candle with me and maybe together our collective energy will do some good. Peace be with you. – Lorian


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DogDaz Zoo: Another Great 9/11 Tribute

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We shall never forget! Above is Mommy at 9/11 North Tower Memorial pre-opening in 2012. – DogDaz Zoo



Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Animals


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DogDaz Zoo: Dog Heros of 9/11

DogDaz salutes those that lost their lives, their loved ones, and their sense of security in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 and all terrorist attacks ever.  May the world find its way to peace.  Soon.


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9/11 ‘hero dog’ saved woman trapped in rubble for 27 hours

Sep. 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM ET

Image: "Hero Dogs of 9/11"; Dog and handler on rubble pile at Ground Zero.

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More than 300 specially trained search-and-rescue dogs were deployed at Ground Zero in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman-McMillan was working in her office in the World Trade Center when she heard a terrible noise outside. As she raced down the stairs, she felt the building collapse around her.

Twenty-seven hours later, she would be the final living person rescued from the rubble at Ground Zero. She was not found by a human equipped with special gear. Instead, her savior was a dog.

“It’s so awesome that the dogs could have this kind of sense, to find people buried under the rubble,” Guzman-McMillan told Animal Planet for the new documentary “Hero Dogs of 9/11.” “I felt total renewed life in me. … That was the most joyful moment.”

Genelle Guzman-McMillan August 07, 2011 was the last person to be pulled alive from the World Trade Center rubble In Manhattan New York.  Pictured here with husband Roger and daughters Kimberly (22) Kaydi (7) and Kellie (5) in their home in Valley Stream, Long island, New York.

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Genelle Guzman-McMillan (in blue dress) was the last person to be pulled alive from the World Trade Center rubble in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She is pictured with husband, Roger, and daughters Kimberly, Kaydi and Kellie at their home in Long Island, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 2011.

Genelle’s story was one of several that inspired documentary producer Tanya Kelen. She decided to tell the story of some of the day’s heroes, who just so happened to have four legs and lots of fur. The special she produced, which aired Tuesday night on Animal Planet, spotlighted a number of incredible dogs, as well as the first responders, veterinarians and dog trainers who made their work possible.

There were more than 300 specially trained search-and-rescue dogs at Ground Zero in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They helped find survivors in the rubble and, later, found trinkets like jewelry that could be returned to victims’ families. Still more canines served as therapy dogs, helping survivors and first responders cope with their emotional trauma.

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“We found a number of people who were too shaken up to share their stories,” Kelen said of her meetings with 9/11 survivors. “But Genelle said she had a mission to keep telling her story because she’d been saved.”

Image: "Hero Dogs of 9/11"

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The important work of search-and-rescue dogs is highlighted in the new Animal Planet documentary, “Hero Dogs of 9/11.”

Guzman-McMillan was one of about 15 employees from her team of Port Authority workers who all tried to evacuate the building at the same time. She is the only one of the group who lived. “I felt the walls cave in,” she recalled in the documentary. “It was dark and everything was rumbling.” Pinned under cement and steel and unable to move, she prayed and asked God to help her.

Although doctors told Guzman-McMillan that she would never walk again, she defied all odds and now not only walks but runs. She has since married and had two daughters, and she said she has an extremely strong faith.

Another incredible story about a dog’s love on 9/11 involves Michael Hingson, a blind World Trade Center employee who was led safely out of the building by his trusted canine companion, a yellow Labrador retriever named Roselle.

Image: Michael Hingson with dogs.

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Michael Hingson is pictured with dogs at a 9/11 memorial wall 10 years after the terrorist attacks.

Hingson remembers encountering firefighters on his way out of the building. One of them stopped to pet Roselle and cuddle her, even though guide dogs aren’t supposed to be petted. Still, Hingson doesn’t regret what happened. “It was probably the last unconditional act of love he got,” Hingson said about the fireman, who was killed that day in the line of duty.

After 9/11, Hingson wrote a book, “Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero,” and became public affairs director for a seeing-eye-dog organization. Roselle traveled the world with him and died at the age of 13.

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Kelen and her crew also highlighted stories of people like veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Otto. Otto was in charge of health care for the 9/11 search-and-rescue dogs, some of whom got injured from stepping on debris or inhaling smoke. The special also showed how search-and-rescue dogs, many of whom are rescued from shelters, get trained to do their jobs.

Image: "Hero Dogs of 9/11"; Dr. Cynthia Otto 10 years later with dogs.

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Veterinarian Cynthia Otto is pictured a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“I’ve always been a dog lover,” Kelen told, “but it amazed me how many people didn’t know the story of the dogs at Ground Zero who were in charge of finding survivors.”


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