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Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kennel Club Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593789998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593789992
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School—This oversize pictorial work profiles various canines; color photos on every page show them at work. Comments from the owners describe the dogs and what they did. Many individuals mention how hard it was for the animals not to find survivors, but what a comfort their presence was for the many firefighters and other rescue workers on the scene. Besides searching at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon, dogs were used to locate remains at the Fresh Kills Landfill site. The book also has information about dog search and rescue and FEMA certification. A compelling browsing item that will attract teens.—Teri Titus, San Mateo County Library, CA
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a dog lover.
J. Larsen
It's through the eyes and ears of great authors that the public becomes increasingly aware of the many facets in the lives of K9 search teams.
Anne E. Rehfeld
This book is a wonderful tribute to the canine hero's of 911.
Jeanine M. Weintz

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Larsen on November 17, 2006
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I first found out about this book from reading a news paper article about the USAR K-9 teams of Texas Task Force 1 in The San Antonio Express News about what they went through on 9/11 five years ago. Having a strong interest in K-9 teams and possibly wanting to consider it as a career one day I knew I had to get it. After reading this book for the first time I have to say that it was definitely well worth it. Never before have I read such a gripping account of Search and Rescue K-9 teams. This book goes into great detail about the sequences of events that triggered the unparelled nation-wide response from complete strangers. If you had a trained dog on 9/11 chances are your pager went off or your phone rang that morning calling you away to answer the call of duty. From never before seen photographs and emotionally charged first hand accounts of K-9 handlers Author Nora Bauer puts the reader in the center of the action like no other writer can. From the sights and heartwrenching experiences of Ground Zero, to the massive recovery effort at the Pentagon and finally to sifting through human remains of a catastrophy at the Fresh Kills Landfill across the river from Manhattan in New Jersey. This story not only examines the harrowing aspect of Search and recovery work but it also delves deep into the emotions and mind set of dogs and their handlers as they endure punishing eight to twelve hour shifts combing through the rubble and to providing emotional support to firefighters and other rescue workers on site that had lost some much in such a short period of time.Read more ›
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Buff on July 17, 2006
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Five long years later, it's long over-due that many of these dogs were recognized for something very few want to acknowledge - recovery and the importance of loved ones being able to say good-bye. These are the stories of many handlers and their dogs in the days following the aftermath of 9-11, not only at the more obvious sites of Ground Zero and the Pentagon - but also the K9 effort at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island. These dogs worked their hearts out, it's time these 4-legged volunteers and the jobs they did is made public.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anne E. Rehfeld on July 26, 2006
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This book is a major tribute to all K9 Search/Recovery Teams throughout the world and to the many long, long hours of training and hard work preparing for such a grueling service. The content brings forward the various personalities; human and K9 which make a dedicated team who give 120 percent to the community; "bringing those lost home to their loved ones". It's through the eyes and ears of great authors that the public becomes increasingly aware of the many facets in the lives of K9 search teams. Thank you... Michael, Annie & K9 Boomer
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette Postle on July 20, 2006
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Each story gives you a small insight of what it was like to work the mountain of ruble that was once The World Trade Center. There has never been a book like this one to give such honor to Search and Rescue teams.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on November 11, 2006
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A lot of people have dogs. A small percentage of them are working dogs: working sheep or cattle, guiding the blind, sniffing for contraband or whatever. An even smaller percentage are trained in search and rescue. in the aftermath of 9/11 a good many of these animals were brought to either the World Trade Center or Pentagon sites where they searched first for people and then for bodies.

As the sub-title says, this book is a tribute to those dogs who worked at the sites, and to Sirius, a port authority bonb-detection dog was killed at the World Trade Center. The format of the book is that each of the dogs brought to work there (from all across the country) is profiled along with their handler/trainer. Following that is a general descritption of the training that these animals undergo to become FEMA certified.

This book so well done that it makes people who are not dog lovers feel good that man's best friend is a friend indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hula Fan on February 6, 2007
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This book is a must for anybody who loves and cares for dogs! I am from Germany and bought this book for my sister-in-law when she joined a German rescue dog group with her dog Max a couple of weeks ago. I was particularly intrigued by the fact that many rescue dogs in the States seem to come from animal shelters rather than from a "perfect puppy life"... The way the auther writes about these dogs really pays tribute to those little (big) heroes. An excellent book - thanks to those brave dogs and a good author!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Melrose on October 10, 2006
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All the stories are very short 2 to 3 page stories that really touch the heart of animal lovers. Makes a great read.

Warning, you will need a box of tissues for some of the stories.

Five Stars does not do this book justice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Yates on January 12, 2007
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I really loved this book. It was nice to get a good indepth look of some workers that helped bring closure to so many families that would not have gotten it otherwise. The book tells of the dogs that worked at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill (where the clean up crews took the wreckage from Ground Zero to go through further) and at the Pentagon. As a dog owner, I love dogs, but reading this book has given me a whole new appreciation of them. I would definitely recommend this book for any dog lover out there!
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