Posted by: bridget | 26 July 2007

9/11, Katrina Search & Rescue Lab Dies

Jake, a black lab who was adopted off the streets and turned into a search and rescue puppy, died of cancer.  After 9/11 and Katrina, he searched through rubble to find survivors.

Flood adopted Jake as a 10-month-old puppy. He had been abandoned on a street with a broken leg and a dislocated hip.  “But against all odds he became a world-class rescue dog,” said Flood, a member of Utah Task Force 1, a federal search-and-rescue team that looked for human remains at ground zero.

On the evening of the team’s arrival in New York, Jake walked into a fancy Manhattan restaurant wearing his search-and-rescue vest and was treated to a free steak dinner under a table.

 Jake also trained other dogs and did therapy work in Utah, with burn victims and senior citizens.



  1. Jake did more good in his little puppy dog life than most people ever do. I wish people would give animals more credit for all the wonderful ways they make our lives better. Unlike, say, Congress. lol

  2. Ditto that. :)

  3. Awe … Rest in peace hero puppy.

    Bridget, since you are moving out east, are you going to get to see your lab puppy?

  4. YES!! I can’t wait. I should meet her by the end of August.

    The family says that she is good, sweet-tempered, and already on her way to being housebroken. :)

  5. Great! Maybe you can post some pictures of her with your elephant?

    You should come up and see Tieki Rae and I in August :)

  6. Note to self: take elephant back to her home state. :) (She was adopted from FAO Schwartz.)

    When will you be on the East Coast? I would love to see both of you! :)

  7. I answered you in an email — let me know what you think. I think we could paint the East Coast red between the three of us!

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