Accession Number: C.2013.402.183
Dimensions: 10 in X 8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 25.4 cm X 20.32 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Frank Shane and K-9 Partner "Nikie"
Child's drawing of a dog and its handler. Along with the drawing is a handwritten letter from a child at the Calhoun School in New York City. The letter reads: "Dear Rescue Heroes, | Thank you for the help cleaning the tragedy at the World Trade Center. I send thanks to the canine, and I give you my heart. | Love Khaleeq."
Within days of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, thousands of people arrived at the crash sites to aid in the response. Accompanying them were hundreds of dogs trained in search and rescue or therapy work. At a time of crisis, these four-legged responders showed courage and dedication alongside their human handlers.
Children from around the country sent notes and drawings to rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. Many created works just for the canine responders. This letter was sent to Nikie, the K-9 Disaster relief therapy dog who worked at Ground Zero with his handler, Frank Shane.