These are some of them, most were golden retrivers and labradors, but also included german shepherds and other breeds. Sadly most are dead now, while many people forget them and don’t spare them a thought.
As people lay dying, trapped and hurt, a team of nearly 100 loyal and courageous search dogs put their lives on the line to help humans. Without them, many more would not have survived, yet few people consider them.
In such a chaotic, terrifying, hot, acrid-smelling, smokey and loud environment, countless human lives depended on their ability to focus, listen, respond to their handlers, and work tirelessly. Stepping over cracked glass, hot tarmac, through flames and thick smoke, being winched over deep ravines, they battled on to seek out survivors and bring them aid.
They worked around the clock, day and night, searching, sniffing, over and over. Not only did they search, but they comforted - many eyewitnesses speak of how the dogs would stop and sit by newly-recovered victims, giving them a sense of hope and relief, before moving on to look for the next. As the situation became desperate, and the rescue workers and fire teams became utterly distraught at the amount of people who were recovered dead, these dogs brought them comfort, sitting with them on breaks, letting them grieve.
Many of these dogs are old, and have passed away. Let us remember the courage and loyalty they showed at such a horrendous event. They didn’t have a choice, but nonetheless they did what was asked of them and helped save countless lives. Don’t let their bravery be forgotten today either, or their determination to be a ‘good dog’ despite the scary and dangerous environment around them.
Awkwardastronaut’s Hootowl Giveaway!!!
I’ve been wanting to hold a giveaway for a while since I’m so thankful for all my followers!
- One size small official Owl City t-shirt
- One size small unofficial (fan-made) t-shirt
- One size small official Owl City sweatshirt
- Must be following me! (Sorry guys but maybe you’ll like my blog?)
- Reblog as many times as you want! Just don’t spam your followers!
- Likes do not count (but you can like to save the post)
- No giveaway blogs, I will be checking.
- The giveaway ends July 30th @ 11:59PM MST (that gives you 9 days!)
- I will ship worldwide!
- I will message the winner and they will have 24 hours to answer back or I’ll have to pick another winner.
- Your Ask Box must be open and you must be able to provide your address!
There will be 2 winners, first one gets their choice of 2 shirts and the second winner gets the last! I will also be using a random generating online so all is fair.
Good luck to you all! :)
It’s changing out there. Just like last time. There’s a storm coming, Harry. And we all best be ready when she does.
Shailene Woodley for Bust Magazine (February/March, 2014)