Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America’s Search and Rescue Dogs
By Nona Kilgore Bauer
This book details the stories of 77 handlers and their Search and Rescue dogs who responded at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon following the September 11th attacks.
Riley , a golden retriever, is one of the most famous dogs of Sept. 11 because of a photo taken of him at the World Trade Center site a few days after the attacks. In the photo, Riley is in a basket being sent over a 60-foot-deep canyon to search the rubble of the North Tower. “Normally when we send a dog, the handler goes with him,” said Riley’s trainer, Chris Selfridge. “This time we decided it was more practical to just send the dog.”
Like Anna, Riley helped other rescuers just by being a lovable dog. “You could see the people change from being very down to wearing little smiles . . . even for just 10 seconds,” Selfridge said.