Archive for September, 2011

Buying Puppies in New Jersey – Buyer Beware!

Back in 2008, Deanna wrote articles on Vicki (Victoria) Patterson, a puppy reseller operating under the guise of a “rescue” (d/b/a New Jersey Collie and Rescue Referral).

NJ Puppy Broker Posing as a Rescue

Update of NJ Puppy Broker Vicki Patterson

There have been more comments posted on these articles recently that have alarmed me.  Some are still reporting on Ms. Patterson’s puppy selling activities.   And they’re not real flattering comments either.  We even got comments on how she is selling her horses.

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Finding One Another

Semper Fi. A memorial statue honoring the working dogs of 9.11.01

Today I attended the 9/11 Working Dog Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ  (across from Lower Manhattan).  Finding One Another honored canine working dog teams on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  They identified more than 950 working dog teams (civilian, government, law enforcement and military) who served in response to the attacks of 9/11. These teams were involved with search and rescue, recovery and security efforts at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, Shanksville and the Fresh Kills Landfill recovery site.

Today, they were honored.   I share some of the pictures I took at this ceremony.

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Cloning Heroism

Remember this picture?  It’s one of the famous pictures taken of search and rescue teams at Ground Zero.  This is Trakr and his partner, Halifax Regional Police Officer James Symington.  They were one of the first K9 search and rescue teams to arrive at Ground Zero. Trakr found the last survivor buried beneath the collapsed towers, Genelle Guzman, the fifth and final survivor found in the rubble on Sept. 12, 2001.

For his heroic efforts, Trakr was presented with the United Nations Extraordinary Service to Humanity Award by Dr. Jane Goodall and was featured in books and magazines dedicated to 9/11 heroes.

In April 2009, Trakr died peacefully of old age at his home. He was 16 years old.  He spent 10 years with James Symington, and they formed a bond that could not be broken.

This bond was so strong that a year before his death, a little bit of Trakr was preserved before he was to depart.

His DNA.

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Keeps your eyes peeled.  If you come across brightly painted, unusual statues of full-sized German Shepherd dogs, you may have stumbled upon one of 100 specially commissioned art pieces honoring the search and rescue dogs of September 11 2001.

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Bear. A Dog used for 9-11 Fraud and Deception

Captain Scott Shields and his eleven-year-old golden retriever, Bear, traveled to Ground Zero from Connecticut to help in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center. Bear was the first canine inside to search the rubble. He worked eighteen-hour days, and he is credited with finding the most victims, including FDNY Chief Peter Ganci and FDNY Commissioner Thomas Feehan.

Because of Bear’s heroism, Scott Shields established the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation that deployed 27 teams to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.  They were credited with 847 live rescues and the evacuation of over 4,000 people by boat.

Bear also responded to the Oklahoma bombing site searching for victims.

Bear was written about for years in the major media as a hero.  CNN, The New York Post, The Sun, The Greenwich Times, The Washington Times, and the Times of London.

Bear was honored as a Hero to Humanity by the United Nations, and his photograph was displayed there for the World Peace Celebration in 2003. He became the poster dog for the 911 rescue operations.

On September 11, 2004, the FDNY-EMS Academy in Fort Totten, New York honored Bear by etching his name into a brick that is part of a permanent memorial to the fallen heroes of 9/11.

Bear was wounded by a piece of metal at Ground Zero. He recovered fully but died one year later of cancer, just two months shy of his 13th birthday.

Bear was a top-of-the-line, all-out, honest-to-gosh, Atta-Boy hero.

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Sirius. Gone Too Soon.

He was named after the brightest winter star in the Northern Hemisphere – Sirius the Dog Star.  A star of  legend and mythology.

K-9 Sirius was a yellow Labrador Retriever,born in January 1997. He became an Explosive Detection Dog upon graduation from the Port Newark K-9 Center on July 15, 2000, he was assigned Badge #17 and was partnered with Officer Dave Lim of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police K-9 Unit.  Lima and Sirius were stationed at the World Trade Center where they often searched hundreds of trucks and vehicles each day, as part of America’s “War on Terrorism”.   Sirius was the only police dog killed by the terrorists on September 11, 2001.

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For Gallantry, We Also Serve

Yes, they also serve.

Animals have aided man in battle and disaster ever since ancient times.   Medals of Honor have been bestowed upon men and women for heroism and bravery for decades, but never to animals.

Only the United Kingdom has a medal strictly for animals that have served above and beyond in war and disaster.  The Dickin Medal.  A medal which is equivalent to the Victoria Cross, and the Congressional Medal of Honor here in the USA.  It’s the only one of it’s kind.

The Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honor the work of animals in war.  Maria Dickin was the founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a British charity that provides care for sick and injured animals of the poor.  Maria established the award for any animal displaying bravery and devotion to duty whilst serving with the British armed forces or civil emergency services. The medal was awarded 54 times between 1943 and 1949 to 32 pigeons, 18 dogs, 3 horses and a cat for their heroism during World War II.

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1,001 Horrors in Hyderabad


I love India.  India has the beauty of everything…deserts, forests, oceans, mountains, lakes, and rivers.  I love the vivid colors and artwork.  I adore Indian food.   I have a several Indian cook books and a big picture book of Indian street food with recipes.

I have been fascinated with India for a long, long time.  Even as a kid I read all the stories and folklore of India and the neighboring countries.  Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor.  I had my nose in Rudyard Kipling’s books enjoying the stories of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Mowgli, Kim, Toomai, and The Man who would be King.

I really believed those 1,001 Nights were filled with enchantment.  And I’ve been dying to experience them ever since.  India has been on my list of “must visit” before I depart.

Not anymore.

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