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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 that only one is left, an old golden

I want all of them!!! #justiceleague #DC #superheros #superman #batman #wonderwomen #flash #greenlanter #aquaman #epic

I want all of them!!! #justiceleague #DC #superheros #superman #batman #wonderwomen #flash #greenlanter #aquaman #epic

npr:

A few years ago, award-winning animal photographer Seth Casteel became an overnight sensation when his photos of dogs underwater went viral. What followed was a book deal that resulted in the New York Times best-seller Underwater Dogs.

Casteel’s new book, out Sept. 16, is possibly the only thing cuter thanUnderwater Dogs: Underwater Puppies.

Casteel on the logistics of photographing puppies underwater

I’m wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I’m one of the pack. … Just kidding. … I usually just wear a wet suit just in case. You know, if you spend 12 hours in a pool with a bunch of dogs, inevitably you’re going to get scratched up a little bit. So I do wear a wet suit. But I just hold my breath — that’s about it. I’m underwater sometimes just a few seconds, sometimes 30 seconds, 60 seconds. But I have my wet suit on. I bring the toys. I bring the fun. And we just have a blast.

Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You’re Welcome)

Photo credit: Seth Casteel/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

Rockies game! #rockies #colorado #denver #baseball #freetickets

Rockies game! #rockies #colorado #denver #baseball #freetickets

Happy Birthday to Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter! (9.4.81)

beypedia:

In celebration of Beyoncé's birthday, visit the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live for free!

beypedia:

In celebration of Beyoncé's birthday, visit the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live for free!

Beyoncé - Lost Yo Mind
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let’s get the party started early!

beypedia:

Via Mashable: Celebrate Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday with a 24/7 channel dedicated to her. on.mash.to/1xdxXQI

beypedia:

Via Mashable: Celebrate Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday with a 24/7 channel dedicated to her. on.mash.to/1xdxXQI

ursulajanelle:

HAPPY BEYONCE DAY TO YOU ALL

ursulajanelle:

HAPPY BEYONCE DAY TO YOU ALL

Happy 33rd Birthday Beyoncé!

"We all have our imperfections. But I’m human and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty. We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."