Portraits of the 9/11 Rescue Dogs


During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, 16 years on, just one of these heroic canines survive, Bretagne. Six years ago 12 of the rescue dogs were commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled ‘Retrieved’.

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Bretagne celebrates her 16th 9/11 anniversary Sept. 11, 2015.

The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, and searched the site for 8 days

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Centre on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for 8 days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana was deployed to the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, and looked for people in the rubble

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

Travelling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on Friday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted ‘Retrieved’ to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

‘I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,’ explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam.

‘They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.’

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Bretagne, the last surviving rescue dog as of 2015, and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Bretagne takes a break from work at the 9/11 site with Denise

Bretagne takes a break from work at the 9/11 site with his handler Denise

Guinness, 15, from Highland California, started working with Sheila McKee on the morning of the 13th and were deployed to the World Trade Center for 11 days
Guinness works at the 9/11 site shortly after the attacks

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to the on the 24th September, working the night shift for five days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days

Most of the search and rescue dogs are Labradors or Golden Retrievers and Charlotte feels that the title works across many aspects of the story.

‘I found the dogs, I retrieved them, they were there to retrieve the victims, it is nicely rounded,’ explained Charlotte whose work is being exhibited at the Julie Saul Gallery NYC opening on September 8, in time for the anniversary.

After working on a project about police canines and other working dogs, she was inspired to concentrate on the animals that played such a huge part in seeking survivors.

Contacting the NYPD, the New York Fire Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Charlotte discovered that out of the nearly 100 dogs among the first responders deployed by FEMA, there were in fact only 15 still alive last year.

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Abigail the dog and Debra Tosch were deployed on the evening of September 17 at the World Trade Center and then searching for 10 days
Tuff and Tom Andert arrived in the city at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day the World Trade Centre

Abigail, left, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day

Scout and another unknown dog lay among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors

‘They were there for the first few weeks, they were trained to find people alive, although that is ultimately not what happened,’ said Charlotte, who will hold a fundraiser for the First Responder Alliance at Clic Bookstore in New York on September 29.

‘I traveled across the United States to meet with the owners and portray the dogs. They are all retired and I spent time with each of their handlers learning about their experiences.

‘It was moving talking to Denise Corliss, who is the handler and owner of Bretagne, one of the Golden Retrievers.

‘She told me a touching story of one fireman who was there in the rubble, and how taken he was with Bretagne who comforted him as he sat down to catch his breath.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Centre from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for 5 days

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days

Searching for survivors: The dogs tirelessly worked to help find those who survived the horrific attacks

Searching for survivors: The dogs worked around the clock in the vain hope of finding anyone still alive at the World Trade Center site

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September American Food Holidays

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National Cherry Popover Day September 1
Wine Season Begins September 1
Oyster Season Begins September 1
National Blueberry Popsicle Day September 2
National Welsh Rarebit Day September 3
National Macadamia Nut Day September 4
National Cheese Pizza Day September 5
National Coffee Ice Cream Day September 6
National Acorn Squash Day September 7
National Date Nut Bread Day September 8
Weinerschnitzel Day September 9
TV Dinner Day September 10
National Hot Cross Bun Day September 11
National Chocolate Milkshake Day September 12
National Peanut Day September 13
Snack a Pickle Time September 13
National Cream Filled Donut Day September 14
Eat a Hoagie Day September 14
National Linguini Day September 15
National Guacamole Day September 16
National Apple Dumpling Day September 17
National Cheeseburger Day September 18
National Butterscotch Pudding Day September 19
National Rum Punch Day September 20
International Banana Festival September 21
National Pecan Cookie Day September 21
National Ice Cream Cone Day September 22
National White Chocolate Day September 23
National Cherries Jubilee Day September 24
Crab Meat Newburg Day September 25
National Food Service Employees Day September 25
Pancake Lovers Day September 26
National Chocolate Milk Day September 27
National Corned Beef Hash Day September 27
Strawberry Cream Pie Day September 28
Drink Beer Day September 28
National Coffee Day September 29
National Hot Mulled Cider Day September 30
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Top Rated Films Shot in Each US State

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It is often mistakenly believed that filming “on location” takes place in the actual location in which its story is set, but this is not necessarily the case.

So we searched the IMDB for films whose stories match to their filming location. Most of the movies were filmed across many states but we picked our favorites for each state.


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Building Supplies Made In America

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In Bozeman, Montana, Anders Lewendal and Aaron Sullivan in Kennewick, Wash have one thing in common. They both want their homes built with materials Made in USA. Both have had challenges along the way. As we all know these materials exist in the US but they are scattered and hard to locate or purchase. It requires adding the time to contact the manufacturer, get pricing and shipping to the building site.

It becomes an act of love for America that they have sacrificed delaying the completion of their home and having to pay for the land without the benefit of having a place to live or selling the home.

Luckily they have shared a master list of their suppliers so it is one step easier for others to follow in their footsteps. Even if home builders commit to using 10% more building materials Made in USA it is a start. Just taking the list to stores such as Home Depot and asking “which of these items do you carry” can speed the process.

It all begins by trying and not thinking it has to be 100% in the first attempt.

Print version of the list.

Product Manufacturer/Supplier State
Windows Amsco Windows UT
J bolts/foundation S.C. Prototypes MT
J bolts/foundation/stock Pacific Steel UT
Gorilla Duct tape The Gorilla Glue Co OH
4″ perforated pipe, radon Northern Pipe Co. ND
4″ pvc fittings GPK ND
pvc glue Oatey OH
8d ring shank nails True Spec CA
16d sinkers Griptite WI
1/2″ foundation nuts CAT IL
gun nails Maze IL
damp proofing Mulseal/Tremco OH
Rebar Nucor UT
Concrete CMI MT
Concrete Portland Ash Grove MT
Concrete aggregate CMC. Beglade MT
Concrete sand CMC. Beglade MT
Hangers, straps, H clips Simpson Strong-Tie CA
TJI’s I-Level Truss Joist OR
2×4′s and 2×6′s RY Lumber MT
Plywood Potlatch ID
2×4′s and 2×6′s F.H. Stoltze MT
2×4′s and 2×6′s Idaho Forest ID
PL 400 sub floor adhesive Loctite CT
MiraTEC fascia CMI Corp PA
treated plate McFarland Cascade WA
T braces/framing Appleton Supply WI
sill seal Reflectix IN
powder actuated pins TW Ramset/Redhead IL
foam board Dow IL
Spray paint Rustoleum IL
Spray insulation JM Corbond MT, TX
Screws Por Pac CO, CT
Wire joint Thomas & Betts TN
Spray paint ACE IL
paint Sherwin Williams OH
Window foam Touch n Seal MO
Caulking White Lightning OH
Plastic elect. Straps Handy Straps WI
meter base Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
electric panel Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
Breakers Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
PVC pipe/fittings Ridgeline Pipe OR
2″ Romex connectors Bridgeport CT
Boxes Allied OH
Wire-service, romex Southwire GA
staples Sturgeon Bay WI
4/0 SER straps Sturgeon Bay WI
Telephone wire 3M MN
wire connectors/crimp sleeves Ideal IL
wire staples Sturgeon Bay WI
Furnace disconnect Eaton/Cutler Hammer PA
recessed cans Juno/Schneider Electric IL
recycled glass Livingston Landfill MT
Furnace Trane TX
Cooling Coil Trane TX
HRV Trane TX
Air Cleaner Trane TX
Zoning/Thermostats Trane TX
Ductwork Norwesco WA
Screws Brynolf Manufacturing IL
PVC Cresline-Northwest WA
Condensate Trap Airtec MA
Registers/Grilles Hart & Cooley MI
Allthread Rod Chicago Hardware IL
Pipe Brackets C&S Manufacturing WI
Conensate Pump Franklin Electric IN
Unistrut Cooper B-Line IL
Flexible Duct Atco TX
Duct Sealant Hardcast TX
Flex Duct Straps Source 1 OK
PVC Glue/Primer Oatey OH
Thermostat Wire Honeywell MS
Exhaust Fans Broan WI
Concentric Vent Source 1 OK
Exhaust Hoods Broan WI
Nuts/ Washers Perine Danforth WA
Dryer Box In O Vate Tech FL
Duct Liner Johns Manville CO
Duct Liner Pins Hardcast TX
Allthread Anchors ITW Buildex IL
Ductstrap Colombia Man WA
Manual Dampers Norwesco WA
Sill Sealer Reflectix, Inc. IN
PVC Primer and Cement Oatey OH
PVC Pipe Cresline-Northwest WA
Pex Pipe Viega KS
Kitchen Sink Moen PA
Kitchen Faucet Moen NC
Kitchen Basket strainer Dearborn Brass TX
Kitchen disposer In-Sink-Erator WI
Bathroom Pedestal Lav Mansfield OH
Bathroom Lav faucet Moen NC
Bathroom Lav sink Mansfield IL
Bathroom toilets Mansfield IL
Bathroom toilet seats Kohler AR
Master Shower Aquaglass OR
Master shower valve Moen NC
Master shower trim Moen NC
Master soaker tub Aquaglass OR
Master soaker tub trim Moen NC
Master soaker tub valve Moen NC
Bathtub waste and overflow Watco MO
Full Bath tub/shower Aquaglass OR
Full Bath tub/shower trim Moen NC
Full Bath tub/shower valve Moen NC
Water Heater Bradford White PA
Pex Fittings Zurn TX
PVC Fittings Sioux Chief MO
Hangers/pipe insulators Sioux Chief MO
Roof Jack Oatey OH
Plumber Putty Hercules NJ
Wax rings Hercules NJ
Thread Dope Hercules NJ
Plumber tape Smith/Cooper CA
Black pipe RJB Wholesale, Inc WA
Black pipe fittings Anvil International NV
Gastite pipe and fittings Gastite MA
Soulder Flux Rectorseal TX
Soulder Exeon Inc. IL
Copper Pipe Cerro Flow Products Inc. MO
Copper fittings Elkhart Products Corp. IL
Backflow preventor/PRV Watts ME
Expansion Tank Amtrol RI
Hose bibs Woodford CO
Chattahoochee Pencil Company Atlanta GA
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Californians Try to Pronounce Places in Hawaii

In celebration of Hawaii joining the Union this day in 1959 watch these Californians try to pronounce the names of places in Hawaii. Then cut up some pineapple, close your eyes and feel that cool Hawaiian breeze.

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Most Used Emoji in Each State

usa emoji map

It never fails to amuse to see these studies. This one shows the most popular emoji in each state. I’m very happy that Texas is grapes– assuming it’s code for wine. I don’t often see mass amounts of people eating grapes in Texas but everyone seems to have an adult beverage.

Interact with the map at SwiftKey.


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Iowa Is the Epicenter Of American Manufacturing

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Currently there are more than 200 companies in Iowa that have been manufacturing goods for 100 years. 100 YEARS!

These include:

Jolly Time Pop Corn: Making popcorn since 1914

“As far as we know, we are the oldest brand of popcorn in the country,” said Smith, president of Jolly Time Pop Corn. The company has 180 employees and sells 100 million bags of popcorn annually to stores like Wal-Mart and Target.

Atlantic Bottling Company: Bottling soda since 1905

“We’ve stayed put for this long because of the hardworking and educated people here,”said Kirk Tyler, president of Atlantic Bottling. “We’ve invested in the communities where our employees live, work and raise their families. It helps that wages are also competitive.”

Emerson/Fisher: Making control valves since 1881

“People don’t know that Iowa State University has the eighth largest undergraduate engineering college in the country,” said Cox, adding that about half of the graduates are hired by local companies like Fisher.

iowa jolly time popcornLisle Corporation: Making specialty tools since 1903

The company employs 250 people, many of whom have spent their entire career there.

“They joined us out of high school or college and stayed,”said Mary Landhuis, whose family founded the company. “The advantage to us is that we’ve built a very knowledgeable and loyal workforce that drives our innovation and creativity.”

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Celebrate Aviation Day– See the Planes Flying Above You Now

Flight Radar 24

One of our favorite geeky aviation tools is Flight Radar 24. You can watch planes fly in real time around the world. If you download the app you can also point your phone to the sky or on a runway to find out what’s going on.

Enjoy & Happy Aviation Day.



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Woman Suffrage Amendment Ratified – 1920 Day in History


From The History Channel

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

America’s woman suffrage movement was founded in the mid 19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women’s rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared “it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” For proclaiming a woman’s right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women’s rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America.
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The first national women’s rights convention was held in 1850 and then repeated annually, providing an important focus for the growing woman suffrage movement. In the Reconstruction era, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote, but Congress declined to expand enfranchisement into the sphere of gender. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, was formed in the same year to work through the state legislatures. In 1890, these two groups were united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association. That year, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.

By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of women in American society was changing drastically: Women were working more, receiving a better education, bearing fewer children, and three more states (Colorado, Utah, and Idaho) had yielded to the demand for female enfranchisement. In 1916, the National Woman’s Party (formed in 1913 at the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage) decided to adopt a more radical approach to woman suffrage. Instead of questionnaires and lobbying, its members picketed the White House, marched, and staged acts of civil disobedience.

In 1917, America entered World War I, and women aided the war effort in various capacities, which helped to break down most of the remaining opposition to woman suffrage. By 1918, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states, and both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement.

In January 1918, the woman suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives with the necessary two-thirds majority vote. In June 1919, it was approved by the Senate sent to the states for ratification. Campaigns were waged by suffragists around the country to secure ratification, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. On August 26, it was formally adopted into the Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

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Creating a Made in America Dorm Room

This classic episode of the ABC News series Made in America will help give you direction on what to buy for dorm rooms. It is an important episode for us at OHSAY USA. After it aired three years ago we started our business and here we are today. Actually doing something about job creation. Boom!

Take a look.

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