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Remembering the canine heroes of 9/11

As millions of people across the nation and the world paused to remember those who were affected by the tragedies of 9/11, some also took a moment to honor the canine heroes who were involved in the rescue missions.

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg called for a national moment of remembrance at a Working Dog Recognition Ceremony yesterday, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers. Hundreds of dog handlers, veterinarians, technicians and dogs from across the country gathered, reports.

The dogs helped find bodies in the debris and also kept up the spirits of their handlers. People Magazine reports that Moxie, rescue dog of firefighter Mark Aliberti, kept him from getting depressed during the tragedy.

"It's almost like you don't have time to get involved in your own stuff," he told the news source. "You're going through a tough time but you have to take care of somebody. The dog isn't thinking, 'Wow, look at this mess,' but if you're stressed out or wound up, the dog feels all that."

Reuters reports that these heroes, many of them retired, are now helping to train the next generation of rescue dogs.  
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