Photographs by Charlotte Dumas of privately owned dogs who were mobilized, with their owners, to search for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They are now retired.
Moxie, age 13, Winthrop, Mass. She arrived at the World Trade Center site on Sept. 11 and began working the next morning. Though she is trained to find survivors, she identified six bodies and many body parts during the eight days she worked there. Since her owner retired her at age 7, she has hunted and spent time on the waterfront.
Orion, age 13, Vacaville, Calif. He worked at the World Trade Center for five days after the attacks and later participated in searches for missing hikers in the High Sierras, at elevations of as much as 12,000 feet. Orion’s owner says that the dog ‘‘loved the work. His purpose in living was doing search and rescue work.’’
Guinness, age 14, Highland, Calif. He worked at the World Trade Center site for 10 days. In the wake of Katrina and other catastrophic hurricanes, he searched for survivors in areas where the water receded. Guinness’s owner says, ‘‘We keep the training fun for the dogs; it’s like a game for them.’’
Red, age 11, Annapolis, Md. Trained as a ‘‘live find’’ dog as well as a ‘‘cadaver’’ dog. Red was driven by her owner to the Pentagon after the attacks, and she worked for 11 days, finding remains for DNA identification in the north parking-lot area. She retired in July. Her owner says, ‘‘Red wants to work, but her body just can’t do it anymore.’’
Bailey, age 14, Thompson Station, Tenn. She went to the Pentagon following the attacks of 9/11. Later in her career, she was active in wilderness searches in her home state. Her owner says: ‘‘Even today, if I say we’re going to search, she’ll get all excited. She still perks up.’’
Tara, age 16, Ipswich, Mass. She arrived at the World Trade Center site at about 1 a.m. the day after the attacks. At that time, her owner says, ‘‘there was a lot of hope that people would be found alive.’’ Over her nine-year career, she located the victim of a crane collapse and participated in wilderness searches. She died earlier this year.
Bretagne, age 12, Cypress, Tex. She worked at ground zero for 10 days; it was her first deployment. Subsequently, her seven years of active duty included searching for survivors in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Pets and the economy have an interesting relationship. Overall spending in the pet industry has risen steadily over the past few years, even with the struggling economy. However now, because of the economy there is
This is a rags-to-riches story about Beth, a Jack Russell pup that arrived at a rescue centre unwanted and unloved. Today she will be whisked off in a chauffeur-driven car to start a new life of luxury as one of Camilla’s, the Duchess of Cornwall’s pets.
Love at first sight: Beth the Jack Russell pup has been rehomed by the Duchess of Cornwall Duchess Decides To Adopt
The duchess fell in love with the 12-week-old bundle of fur after seeing pictures of her in an email and decided to adopt her from Battersea Dogs
Pet Store Chain Stops Selling Puppies - Partners with SPCA
P.J’s Makes An Announcement
PJ’s Pets and Pets Unlimited have announced that they will no longer sell puppies in any of their stores. As of September 1st, their focus will be to support pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for thousands of pets in local SPCA’s, Humane Societies, rescue groups and shelters across the country.
Turns Focus On To Adoption
To create awareness, the companies are launching the “Every Pet Deserves A Home Program”. The mission of the program is to help increase the visibility of pet adoption agencies within local communities by offering them space within their stores to educate people about participating organizations and the pets they have available for adoption.
“More than two million pet lovers visit our stores every year. We recognized that we can provide a significantly positive effect on local pet communities by working with adoption agencies to help them find homes for their pets,” said John Jules, President and CEO. “We chose to stop selling puppies and turn our focus on the new adoption program. This decision allows us to create the welcoming space within our stores needed for adoption agencies and customers to connect.”
Dedicated Area In Store For Adoption
Each store will have a dedicated area for adoption organizations to hand out brochures/pamphlets, handle adoption applications, and show photos of adoptable pets. Stores that can accommodate it will have kennel space reserved for shelter pets. The company is reaching out to a long list of groups that it hopes will take advantage of and benefit from this program.
Store Applauded For Doing The Right Thing
“We applaud what PJ’s Pets and Pets Unlimited are doing in giving up puppy sales to help organizations like ours find homes for more pets,” said Kristin Williams, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia SPCA. “Far too many animals are without a home, but this program will help to alleviate the burden and add vital capacity to our network of Branches. Collaboration is critical to resolving welfare issues and saving more lives and this is a remarkable example of what can be achieved by working together”.
Pets Unlimited had stopped selling puppies in all of its stores earlier this year, while PJ’s Pets will wind down sales by September 1st. Between now and October 1st, PJ’s will be working with their private kennels to help find adoptive homes for their breeding dogs and any remaining puppies. The companies are making every effort to minimize job losses in the transition.
There are an astounding number of dog breeds out there, some recognized by the AKC, some bred for their cute looks, and others that fall into the most popular category like Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Bulldogs, or Labrador Retrievers. In addition to all of the many you may be able to name off the top of your head, there are others that you’ve probably never heard of.
Not all of these breeds are rare, but the Azawakh Hound is. Originating in Africa, the Azawakh is distinguishable by its long legs, thin body, and very short coat of fur. Ranging from 33-55 pounds, these dogs make avid hunting dogs, protectors, or companions, and they are exceptionally fast.
The next breed of dog you’ve probably never heard of is the Beauceron, a French herding breed that is noted as one of the breeds used to create the Doberman Pinscher. The Beauceron is a large and athletic, highly intelligent and obedient, with an eagerness to please. Weighing in at up to 110 pounds, this breed is generally healthy and typically lives 10-12 years.
Cao Da Serra De Aires
The Cao Da Serra De Aires, also known as the Portuguese Sheepdog, is a herding dog that fits into the medium size category. Being above-average in intelligence, they learn quickly and are very loyal when bonded with its owners. Even though they only weigh between 22-40 pounds, the Cao Da Serra De Aires should in not well suited to apartment life, but will do rather well in an atmosphere with space to run and exercise.
The next dog breed on the list is Erdelyi Kopo, which also goes by the name Transylvanian Hound. Extremely rare in the United States, this breed is commonly found in Romania, and is used primarily for hunting. The Transylvania Hound is loyal and very protective of family members. This rare breed is also extremely smart.
The Kooikerhondje or Kooiker Hound is a small Spaniel-like breed with a unique feature; their coat is waterproof. Cheerful and well-behaved are good words to describe their temperament, and may even appear shy at first with strangers. Fitting into the medium sized category with a weight ranging from 30-40 pounds, these dogs need plenty of exercise.
Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of any of these dog breeds, I never did either! Know of any other rare and unique dog breeds?