September 11, 2001 – the day the earth stopped spinning as we all sobbed in horror. I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing, knew that we were at war and was recalled to active duty 3 days later. We all remember those who died tragically in this brutal attack, and those who responded to protect and serve after, but do you realize how many SAR dogs were involved in the recovery. The oldest of them, Bretagne, died this past year at age 15. They deserve our respect and undying gratitude. They risked their lives and soothed the souls of many at a devastating time in our country’s history. They called attention to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation which was founded in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing. NSDF scours shelters- looking for the perfect candidates for their program, often rescuing them just days before they would have been euthanized. And so we salute NSDF and the amazing animals they provide free of charge to aid with disaster response. You can read more about these SAR dogs here.