There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about going to BlogPaws. It was an absolutely fabulous experience for me from beginning to end. One of the highlights for me was seeing the US premiere of “Hero Dogs of 9/11” while I was there. The movie aired last year in Canada on 9/11. For anyone who is new to the blog, we have a Search and Rescue dog in training here named Kuster. He’s an eight and a half month old German Shepherd. Seeing the movie was near and dear to my heart.
The documentary talks about the involvement of a variety of dogs in the events of 9/11. It chronicles the experiences of Sirius, a bomb sniffing dog who worked in the World Trade Center, Rozelle, an assistance dog who was in one of the towers with her human partner and the Search and Rescue dogs who worked on recovery after the towers collapsed, as well as therapy dogs who came to lend support to people who were working on the recovery effort. There were a lot of photos and video footage of the dogs working and a lot of explanations about how the dogs worked and were cared for during the rescue efforts at Ground Zero. The following video is a six minute or so description of the movie.
After the movie, the very first Dog Files Award was presented to one of the Utah Search and Rescue members who helped with the search at Ground Zero. The dog she had during the search has passed away, but she accepted the award with her current working dog, a black Labrador Retriever. There weren’t many dry eyes left in the room after the movie, and even fewer after she accepted her award.
One of the things that touched me was that very few of the three hundred SAR dogs who went to Ground Zero are still alive. Their careers are very short compared to ours. In some ways, it seems like 9/11 just happened, and in others it seems like a lifetime away. Less than fourteen of them still survive today.
I think getting to see that movie alone was worth my trip to Salt Lake City, but if I get to go back next year, I’ll be taking plenty of tissues. They didn’t warn me that it was going to be such an emotional roller coaster. If you get a chance to see the movie, please do. I really enjoyed it, even if it did make me misty-eyed.