Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Tennyson from Ulysses
The AKC is running a series of stories called Meet the 9/11 Dogs.
This is Roselle...
On that fateful Tuesday, sales director Michael
Hingson, blind since birth, arrived for work at the World Trade Center’s
Tower One. Hingson’s guide dog, Roselle, settled into her usual post
beneath the desk. At 8:45 a.m. a hijacked jetliner crashed into the
tower, 18 floors above Hingson. After calling his wife, Karen, and
making sure his staff was evacuated, Hingson and his unflappable Lab
began a hellish descent of 78 floors.
Spiraling down the emergency stairs, working methodically through
smoke, debris, and fleeing office workers, they made it to the lobby. By
the time they reached the sidewalk, Tower Two had been struck and was
collapsing. “It sounded like a metal and concrete waterfall,” Hingson
said. They ran for shelter down a subway entrance. They emerged from
underground as Tower One fell, raining down ash and debris. Roselle led
Hingson some 40 blocks to a friend’s apartment and safety.
In the weeks following, Hingson said, “I was taking calls from Larry
King, from Regis and Kelly, Bryant Gumbel. They were looking for
something positive that came out of the tragedy.”
Before long, the blind man and his sweet-faced dog were celebrities.
“Invariably, I’ll be in an airport and someone will say, ‘I know
you—9/11, the guy with the dog, right?’ ” Hingson told Family Dog in 2004. “It was a defining moment in one way or another for everyone in the world.”
After 9/11 Hingson returned to his native California to work for
Guide Dogs for the Blind, the organization that trained Roselle, and he
has written several books about his loyal companion.
Roselle was the recipient of the ACE Award for Canine Excellence in the Service Dog category in 2002. She died in June of 2011, at age 14, with Michael and Karen Hingson by her side.
Our relationship with dogs goes back thousands of years. And, throughout time, from herding sheep to listening to a child try to read aloud in a library to helping a veteran with PTSD, dogs have been by our sides, through thick and thin, eased our troubles and concerns, empowered us, and saved our lives.
One of my friends has a therapy dog and it is amazing how he just knows who to go to and what to do.
I would like to offer a special message of gratitude to the US military service dogs left behind years ago in Vietnam. I am glad times have changed. Never forget.
Thanks to Jackson Galaxy and The Animal Rescue Site: "It’s hard to believe, but not everyone in
the world is a cat fan. A group of men who have expressed their distrust
of cats visited a feral cat rescue and were given the opportunity to
play with some cute kittens. Although most were reluctant to spend time
with these furry felines at first, they quickly got over their fear when
they saw how cute, cuddly, and adorable the kittens were."
NorthStar Pet is not taking new clients at this time.
seven-and-a-half years, I am blessed to have such a nice group of
clients, many of whom have been my clients from the beginning. And, I
love them - pets and families. Because of the nature of the service I
provide and the standards I keep, I am also blessed to have reached a point where I can now only serve
current clients. To take on additional clients will affect quality of
service for all clients.
If you are looking for vacation service, I recommend contacting my pet sitter, Karen Meldrum of Wizard of Dogz.
If you are looking for daily visit services, I recommend contactingCritter Sitters.