I love dogs. I say this sentence almost once a day in order to explain to someone why I need to pet a stranger’s dog on the street. I am especially prone to cuddle up old dogs with grey faces and sweet demeanors. My family has two old and gray pugs at home so I love giving old dogs a good squeeze on the street.


Now you know why I’m tearing up at my desk in the BUST HQ looking at these pictures of old dogs that are also national heroes. Yeah, okay, that’s a lie. I’m full on crying at my desk and trying not to get tears on my laptop.

These dogs were deployed to search the wreckage of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th 2001. Photographer Charlotte Dumas decided to find the dogs that remained more than 10 years later. In her photo series “Retrieved,” the photographer finds 15 of the original 100-some dogs and photographs them in their homes.


If these portraits don’t make you want to run to the closest dog park and hug some dogs, I don’t know what will. 

Mary Rockcastle is a florist, illustrator, and craftswoman living in Rochester, New York. She’s the sole founder of Little Lamb Studios, and #1 biggest fan of all dogs.