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8 Years Ago Today

I was very fortunate today to get to sit in on a conference call with Mike Arms–who I have already said many times is one of my heroes.9-11-09 1 Mike_with_Puppy

On this significant day, he reminded me of the story of Roselle, the seeing-eye dog who got her master, Michael Hingson, out of the World Trade Center alive. Michael and Roselle were on the 78th floor of WTC One when the  plane hit.

Mike met Mr. Hingson not long after the event. As Mike tells the story Mr. Hingson and Roselle felt the building tremble as the plane hit. They could smell the jet fuel, and they heard all the chaos.

Mr. Hingson knew he had to stay calm so that Roselle could do her job. They started the long treck down the stairs, meeting firefighters on their way up. Each time he was asked, “Can we help you get down the stairs.” Each time he answered, “No, Roselle will get me there. There are other people who need your help.” And as they passed, the firefighters would pet Roselle and she would give their hands a lick. For many of these heroes, this was the last loving contact they received.

Michael Hingson & hero-dog Roselle

Michael Hingson & hero-dog Roselle

Roselle guided Mr. Hingson to safety.  “I survived that day because of lessons I had learned about teamwork and team building. It took all my experiences, confidence and discipline, as well as the support and relationship I had with my guide dog Roselle, to lead a group of people safely down the stairs, escaping the building  just moments before Tower Two collapsed less than 100 yards away from me,says Mr. Hingson. “Eight years ago, we united as a nation in response to unprecedented attacks on our values, beliefs and freedom. Today, we have a similar opportunity to unite to help each other overcome these challenges.

God bless all of our heroes–the 2-legged and the 4-legged.

Canine heroes of 9/11

How Bailey Got Her Name

A friend of mine pointed out this post onPetSugarWill the Top 10 Dog and Cat Names of 2008 Surprise You?
Bailey is the number 2 most popular dog name. Hmmmmmm. Not sure that I like that. But I guess it’s OK because there really is only one, unique Bailey-the-Bichon.

Bailey was a birthday present from my mom back in 1996, and in the weeks before she came to live with me I did a lot of thinking about what to name her.


(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Some of you may remember that on April 19, 1995 the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City was bombed (see this entry in Wikipedia), and a year later this was still high on the list of conversation topics. One of the photos that came out of that tragedy was this one of firefighter Chris Fields carrying Baylee Almon–there was a daycare center in the building so some of the victims of the bombing were young children. I named my Bailey for this Baylee (I didn’t know at the time the proper spelling of Baylee’s name). And since Bailey’s mom’s name was Cream, it seemed logical to name her Bailey’s Irish Cream. Or course, when I sent in her papers to the AKC, I found out she was Bailey’s Irish Cream number 26! Ah well. Bailey’s name started with this photo and she is named in remembrance of this little girl.

So, according to a VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) survey, as quoted by MSNBC and PetSugar, here are the top dog and cat names:

Top dog names
1. Max
2. Bailey
3. Bella
4. Molly
5. Lucy
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Sophie
10. Chloe

Top cat names
1. Max
2. Chloe
3. Tigger
4. Tiger
5. Lucy
6. Smokey
7. Oliver
8. Bella
9. Shadow
10. Charlie

Most unusual dog
1. Rush Limbark
2. Sirius Lee Handsome
3. Rafikikadiki
4. Low Jack
5. Meatwad
6. Peanut Wigglebutt
7. Scuddles Unterfuss
8. Sophie Touch & Pee
9. Admiral Toot
10. Spatula

Most unusual cat
1. Edward Scissorpaws
2. Sir Lix-a-lot
3. Optimus Prrrime
4. Buddah Pest
5. Snoop Kitty Kitty
6. Miss Fuzzbutt
7. 80 Bucks
8. Sparklemonkey
9. Rosie Posie Prozac
10. Toot Uncommon

I don’t see a Luxor or a Salinger among any of these lists. I guess those particular names are incredibly unique!