Remembering Golden Retriever SAR Dog Dusty

Dusty has been featured at our site since shortly after the 9/11 attacks. So, it is especially sad to learn of her tragic death.

Here are two wonderful articles, each with a video clip showing Dusty on the job.

Sacramento Metro Fire Mourns Loss Of Rescue Dog
CBS13, John Iander Reporting

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(CBS13) SACRAMENTO Tomorrow, fire fighters around the nation say “goodbye” to one of their own. One who has four legs. “Dusty”, Sacramento’s famous search and rescue dog was killed two weeks ago.

These are tough days for Metro Fire Captain Randy Gross. wo weeks ago, he lost his partner, Dusty, his twelve year old golden retriever. The same search and rescue dog that worked with him on 9/11 hunting for survivors of the World Trade Center attacks. The best way to describe her is unwavering dedication and commitment. That was what she was all about. I wish we all could live her life like she did,” he says.

As randy showed CBS13 a scrap book of Dusty’s pictures, the phone kept ringing with calls of condolence. Dusty was full of energy and courage. Climbing ladders, no problem. Riding in helicopters, loved it. Searching for survivors in oily, muddy gunk – Dusty never flinched.

No one here at station 62 can understand how dusty got through a fence, ran out onto Bradshaw Road and was stuck by a car.

On Tuesday, dusty will be honored and remembered as a dog that kept making headlines. The first one ever to close a day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange. The dog that met the president not once, but twice. The lover that became everyone’s friend, of course a cheese puff snack didn’t hurt.

Randy played with Dusty’s play toy for a moment, swallowed hard and told CBS13’s John Iander he will not get another search dog. Dusty was it.

Search Dog Remembered for Dedication
By Elizabeth Bishop, Senior Internet News Producer

A Look at Dusty’s Life Video

Dusty, one of the most photographed rescue dogs during 9/11 will be remembered Tuesday for her search and rescue efforts.

Dusty was struck by a vehicle on March 12 in front of Sacramento Fire Station number 62. She suffered severe trauma and passed away the following day.

Along with her handler and partner, Captain Randy Gross, she looked for survivors during rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and after Hurricane Katrina. She served the nation and the community in a lot of ways,” Gross said. “She has been there in case disaster strikes, and she has been across the nation to help find survivors when disaster strikes. And to have a tool like that ready and to go to work immediately in our community is very important and not many communities have.”

Dusty was the first dog to be trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation for the Urban Search and Rescue program. Gross had recently announced Dusty’s retirement at a search dog event in Seaside, Monterey County, on March 10. She was to become Gross’ family dog.

“She loved to search, and that was her world and that what she loved doing,” Gross said. “As we watched her search at every training once a week for the past 10 years you could see the enjoyment and watched as she got old and a little arthritis in her back. She didn’t slow down. She just pushed her way through the pain. She loved doing it so much. It’s tough to see her go after she done what she had done and wanting her to retire. She lived her life to the fullest.”

Dusty’s memorial service will be held Tuesday at the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael.


One thought on “Remembering Golden Retriever SAR Dog Dusty

  1. So much sadness this week, Dylan, Denver’s flying dog, Jake the diamond dog and now Dusty.
    This one really hurts, our first Golden back in 1971 was Dusty, and the resemblance to Dusty the SAR dog is very evident.
    Many, many bittersweet memories.
    Rest in Peace “Dusty”, you have served well.

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