Dog Who Saved Owner on 9/11

Guide Dog Roselle

Guide dog Roselle, clearly unphased by all the attention at a 2002 awards ceremony, was posthumously named American Hero Dog by the American Humane Association

From TODAY.com blog in October, 2011

Computer sales manager Michael Hingson was at his desk on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower on the morning of 9/11 when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the other side of the building, 18 floors above. And he lived to tell the tale because of his guide dog, Roselle.

The yellow lab calmly guided her blind charge 1,463 steps out of the building and, as debris fell and dust billowed, found a subway station and led them both underground to safety.

Roselle died in June [2011] at the age 13, but her heroism lives on. At a star-studded red carpet event in L.A. Saturday night the yellow lab was honored as the American Hero Dog of the Year.

“She saved my life,” Hingson wrote on the American Humane Association’s site. More than 400,000 people cast votes for Roselle and 7 other finalists. But it was Hingson’s moving description of her actions on 9/11 that helped her take the top dog honor.

Just as they got out of the building on 9/11, the south tower collapsed. “While everyone ran in panic, Roselle remained totally focused on her job,” Hingson wrote. “While debris fell around us, and even hit us, Roselle stayed calm.”

Hingson, the seven other finalists and their handlers were flown to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton where they were joined by another four-legged celebrity, RIN TIN TIN Smith, a twelfth-in-line descendant of the original RIN TIN TIN. These four-legged celebrities were joined by a raft of two-legged ones including celebrity judges Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristin Chenoweth, Mark Hamill, Jillian Michaels, Susan Orlean (author of the new book, “RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend”), TODAY’s Jill Rappaport and Top Chef Fabio Viviani.

“Every day, across America, dogs protect, comfort, and give their unconditional friendship and affection to the ill, the infirm, the wounded veteran, and the frightened child,” Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Association, said of the awards. “It was time to recognize the contributions of man’s best friends and celebrate the heroic feats they have performed for us every day.”

Click here for the post on TODAY.com.

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More on Canine 9/11 Heroes:

Our 9/11/11 blog post: 9/11 Canine Heroes (today)

Yesterday (9/10/13) a documentary premiered on Animal Planet – Hero Dogs of 9/11.  Unfortunately, we didn’t know about it before it aired, but if anyone hears when it will air again, please let us know at info@hawcmonroe.com and we’ll post the day and time.

2 thoughts on “Dog Who Saved Owner on 9/11

  1. and Michael Hangson wrote a book about that day and Roselle’s amazing help. “Thunder Dog” is an excellent read.

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