These are some of them, most were golden retrivers and labradors, but also included german shepherds and other breeds. Sadly most are dead now, while many people forget them and don’t spare them a thought. 

As people lay dying, trapped and hurt, a team of nearly 100 loyal and courageous search dogs put their lives on the line to help humans. Without them, many more would not have survived, yet few people consider them. 

In such a chaotic, terrifying, hot, acrid-smelling, smokey and loud environment, countless human lives depended on their ability to focus, listen, respond to their handlers, and work tirelessly. Stepping over cracked glass, hot tarmac, through flames and thick smoke, being winched over deep ravines, they battled on to seek out survivors and bring them aid. 

They worked around the clock, day and night, searching, sniffing, over and over. Not only did they search, but they comforted - many eyewitnesses speak of how the dogs would stop and sit by newly-recovered victims, giving them a sense of hope and relief, before moving on to look for the next. As the situation became desperate, and the rescue workers and fire teams became utterly distraught at the amount of people who were recovered dead, these dogs brought them comfort, sitting with them on breaks, letting them grieve.

Many of these dogs are old, and have passed away. Let us remember the courage and loyalty they showed at such a horrendous event. They didn’t have a choice, but nonetheless they did what was asked of them and helped save countless lives. Don’t let their bravery be forgotten today either, or their determination to be a ‘good dog’ despite the scary and dangerous environment around them.

I saw Brittany - the last surviving dog - on The Today Show. She slept through most of it.

I love dogs, they really truly are the best animals.

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Anonymous said: Has anyone told you lately that you are a beautiful & amazing person? Because you are and I thought you should know that.

Oh well shucks! Thanks, anon! :)

Super moon is bright and beautiful over the ocean tonight. #hawaii #supermoon #ocean

Even the McDonald’s has a better view than some upscale hotels!

Pali Lookout!

Super Harvest Moon #icouldtouchit #beautiful


Rocket & Groot by Mike S. Miller 

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The Hawaiian sun got me! Despite 3 applications of sunscreen, my nose is still a nice shade of pinkish-red. #worthit #nopainnogain #beachday

Catamaran ride! #nofilter #beautifulblueseas

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Diamond head

Waikiki #nofilter #hawaii