We have not forgotten 9/11 and what it means to us. We have not forgotten the many who came to the New York site and the Pennsylvania site to help and to be present to honor those fallen in the name of our country. But do we remember the man in the World Trade Center, who was blind and only with the help of his seeing eye dog navigated the destruction to get to safety? Do we remember the Search and Rescue teams who work twelve and twenty hour days to look for survivors? Do we remember the calming effects of the classroom dogs that went to school to help children focus on the day at hand and not the day past?
Most of us move through our day without considering the strength and support given us by our four-footed-best friends, however, they never tell of the fright, the pounding heart or the suffocating brought back by a memory or nightmare. If we have the time (listen to that) lets write a letter to a Search and Rescue group to say ‘Thank You’ for all you do and most especially for all you have given. Then let’s take the time to pull out our wallet and give each person in that group a free coffee or latte and take treats for the four-footed heroes.
This ‘Thank You’ is so little compared to what they have done for us. And for what the stand ready to do anytime they are needed.