Golden Retriever Bingley saved his own life

A terrible situation became one of triumph here. We all simply love heroes, 2 and 4-footed ones both.

18-unit apartment building in Orono gutted by fire
23 tenants displaced; golden retriever ‘saved his own life’

Known locally as the Katahdin Building, the circa-1830 brick structure over the years has housed a tavern, the town’s first public library, a bank and offices. In recent decades, the original brick portion and wood additions built later had been converted into 18 apartment units. It also was one of a handful of area apartment buildings in which dogs were allowed to live.

In a scene that brought cheers and tears from the hundreds of spectators who converged at the intersection, a firefighter emerged nearly two hours after the fire started carrying a golden retriever named Bingley who had initially been presumed dead.

Though wet, shivering and a little wild-eyed, Bingley otherwise appeared to be in good condition considering his ordeal. Medical personnel noted some singed fur on his hindquarters but little other apparent damage.

Bingley’s owner, recent UM graduate Jennifer Dunham, was overcome with emotion and declined comment Tuesday evening as she watched emergency rescue personnel dry her dog off with a towel and administer oxygen through one of the special masks for animal rescues recently donated to the Orono Fire Department.

Richard Bowie of the Down East Emergency Medical Institute, who was among dozens of rescue personnel at the scene, said the dog was found on the second floor of the original brick section of the building in a foot of water. The dog had squeezed himself into a small space to escape the fire.

“That dog saved his own life,” Bowie said Tuesday.

“I’m speechless,” UM student Patrick Scholz said shortly after the dog was carried over to a waiting ambulance.


Our Explosive Detection Dogs

TSA Aims To Keep Airports Safe With Hybrid Dog
Jim Benemann Reporting

(CBS4) SAN ANTONIO “Seek…..Up…..Good Boy, Xzylo!” At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, a thin golden dog named Xzylo makes quick work of the cargo area. With only a few commands from his handler, he finds a bomb buried in a bin of mail bags.

Even though this area looks like it could be part of any airport cargo area, it is, in fact, a training area for dogs like Xzylo.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security has looked for every possible way to make air travel and mass transit safer in this country. As a part of that effort, they have come up with four legged solutions like Xzylo.

There’s more with a very cool video news report . . .

Five Years Later . . .


At my Foundation site I have been following the health issues of those 2-footed and 4-footed folks who worked at Ground Zero. There are 5 years of articles and information and the picture that is painted is not a happy one, even though they believe the dogs comparatively fared rather well.

You can learn more about the 5 year study at the website for 9-11 Search and Rescue Dog Medical Surveillance. Here is a recent article on the research work being done.

Studying Health Effects On 9/11 Rescue Dogs
By Teresa Garcia,ABC 7 News

The dust, smoke and chemicals contained in those huge billowing clouds following the 9/11 attacks caused massive breathing problems among the rescue workers who responded. But, only now are scientists beginning to look at the long term side-effects our four-legged rescuers may be facing.

Now a study is underway to get a look at the effects on dogs. MRIs used to only be available to humans. Now they’re available to pets too. Four dogs have come to Redwood City with handlers from around the U.S. to the Pet Imaging Center as part of a five-year study.

The four search and rescue dogs ranging from 7 to 11-years-old will get their own MRIs to check their health conditions.

There’s more ……

Be sure to also watch the video (in full screen format) by CLICKING HERE.