Honoring the dogs of 9/11

Then and now. Tony Zintsmaster and Kaiser, one of a few remaining search-and-rescue dogs deployed during 9/11. (Photo by R. Scott Nolen)

Tragedy highlights human-animal bond and quiet heroism of canine search-and-rescue teams

By R. Scott Nolen

(Courtesy of Bob Kaufman/

Deep inside the condemned building, a person hides in a closet, the door closed tight. Outside the room, far down a long hallway, a black Labrador Retriever is released. The dog bolts down the corridor, darting in and out of empty rooms as if pulled by an invisible leash.