Honoring Sirius. Seriously.

"Salute to Sirius" by Debbie Stonebraker

“Salute to Sirius” by Debbie Stonebraker (via Facebook)

On Sept. 11, 2001, Lt. David Lim, of the NY/NJ Port Authority Police Department, left the south tower, where he worked checking vehicles for explosives, to help evacuate people from the north tower. He put his K-9 partner Sirius in his kennel, telling the dog he would come back. Lim was one of 16 people to survive the collapse of the north tower; he was unable to return for Sirius, whose body was recovered in January 2002.

Americans love their dogs. In 2012, they spent $20.64 billion on pet food and $13.67 billion on veterinarian bills. Eighty percent of pet owners in this country said they are likely to risk their lives for their pet. So perhaps it is not surprising that almost 106,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org to add Sirius the dog to the 9/11 Memorial.

A memorial service was held for Sirius and a dog run in Battery Park City was dedicated to him. But Sirius’ name is not engraved in the 9/11 Memorial. The petition to add Sirius to the memorial was started on Sept. 11 of this year by Elizabeth Wales, 22, who is a college student in Tennessee. The Sirius petition raises questions—about the ethics around dogs and memorials, and about just where the line should be drawn for memorializing loved ones.

Wales said she first heard about Sirius when a professor mentioned him in class. Wales said her professor had contacted the memorial to ask about the absence of Sirius’ name and was told that memorial was “only for humans.”

Wales said that Sirius was a member of the police force, just like any other officer. “Sirius put his life on the line every single day he went to work. He didn’t ask for it. It was his job,” she said. “But he’s the only officer not recognized in the memorial.” Wales said she hopes that if the petition gets enough signatures, the memorial staff will be compelled to address the issue. Margaret Barng, The Deputy Communications Manager at the 9/11 Memorial, said she was aware of the petition but declined to comment.

While Wales says most of the petition’s feedback has been positive, she said she has also received some harsh criticism, including a quasi death threat. Justin Caes wrote to Wales on Facebook calling the petition stupid. “Even the idea of honoring a dog when people died is offensive and you should be shot for it,” he wrote. “Matter of fact, you will be shot for the idea.”

Wales said she was shaken by the message, but she did not report it. “I understand that there will be people like him with almost any cause,” she said. “I told him that almost 85,000 people disagreed with him and that he’s entitled to his own opinion and moved on.”

Others are more sympathetic to the cause. Stephanie Bell, a PETA Cruelty Casework Director,  said that while this is not a case PETA is pursuing she thinks Sirius has a right to be included. “Animals are just as capable of pain, fear, and suffering as humans,” she said. “And that is often forgotten.”

Karla Maria Rothstein, a Columbia professor and architect who directs GSAPP DeathLab, which focuses on urban spaces of death and memory, said the issue is complicated. The memorial serves many purposes, she said. It is a site where people who have lost a loved one can go to mourn, remember, and reflect. But the memorial is also there for a larger public, many of whom may not have lost someone personally, but feel the tragedy as an American or simply a human. Adding a dog’s name to the memorial raises questions and has implications, Rothstein said.

“If Sirius is publicly memorialized,” she wrote in an email, “we must also be open to equally honoring other loyal animals that may have perished while remaining by a person with a disability.” Rothstein said that, personally, her experience of the memorial would not be diminished by the addition of Sirius’ name.

Some others feel that the lack of Sirius’ name is offensive. Jack Kowall, 66, served in Vietnam as a Scout Dog Handler and is a member of the Vietnam Dog Handler Association. Kowall said that to him, Sirius deserves the same recognition as the dogs that served in Vietnam. “In my mind they are the same,” he said. “And I guarantee you there’s not one handler who wouldn’t go back for his dog if he could.”

In this country, the memorialization of dogs has precedent. In October 2013 the first national monument for war dogs was unveiled. The U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument is intended to honor every dog that has served since World War II. While this is first national monument, there are many local monuments honoring fallen war dogs across the country.

The relationship between dogs and humans in the context of memorialization is perhaps one of the more moderate ongoing arguments concerning domestic pets. Recently there has even been a push to give pets the legal status of personhood.

While cats and dogs are considered property, there has been a shift in the distinction between property, in animal form, and person. Author David Grimm writes in his book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs, that domestic pets are becoming “family in the eyes of the law.” He says that when a domestic pet is killed, owners can now sue for mental suffering and loss of companionship. Grimm says that these types of lawsuits historically only applied to partners and children.

In a 2013 New York Times opinion piece, titled “Dogs Are People, Too, ” Gregory Berns wrote about his experience studying dogs’ brains through MRI scans. He says that he found that dogs experience emotion much like humans. “The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child,” he wrote. “If we went a step further and granted dogs rights of personhood, they would be afforded additional protection against exploitation.”

Wesley Smith, a lawyer, author, and Senior Fellow at the Center on Human Exceptionalism, wrote an inflammatory response to Bern’s article: “Gregory Berns, a university professor (of course!) argues that dogs’ brains can be seen to love in an MRI. You don’t need an MRI to know that!” Smith wrote. “Because dogs are intelligent and ‘experience positive emotions,’ that does not make them morally equivalent to a human child.”

Another author, Jen Mann, wrote a column on her website, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, expressing her frustration with those who treat animals like humans. “I will never go to a memorial service for a dog,” she wrote. “Losing a dog is nothing like losing a child.”

But for Wales, Sirius is her connection to the 9/11 Memorial. “I would like to have someone that I could go and visit when I see the memorial,” she said. “And Sirius would be that for me.”

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152 Responses to "Honoring Sirius. Seriously."

  1. Heidi Mugrauer  October 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    He should be added why not, he is a faithful beautiful animal who died perfoming his duties.

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    • Eileen Jones  October 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      My Shih Tzu was killed by my other Shih Tzu a year ago and my Rottie still comes to my side when I cry over that loss…She looks up at me as if too say…” Lean on me and I will comfort YOU.” She doesn’t leave until I’M calmed down and stop crying and the reason that happens is because of her and her love for me. Sirius deserves to be on the Memorial because of his loss to us. Human or Pet …..they like us …FEEL LOVE and express it !

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    • Kim  October 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Great article. By the way. Your link ‘push’ to NABR is broken.

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    • Daniel Laemmerhirt  October 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      I’m positive Jen Mann never had a dog or other animal in her sad life. It’s somewhat sickening to think any person would think so lowly of dogs. Although it is a cliche, calling dogs “mans best friend” is completely true. I myself have three and I truly think of them as not only family, but actual siblings or daughters. And to get back on topic, Sirius did the ultimate duty during 9/11: sacrificing himself to save others. This I wholeheartedly believe means that to not put him on the memorial would be a shameful disgrace to his unit, his handler, and the entire United States Police Department.

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    • Maryann Battista  October 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

      He should be added and no one should take offense by it. Police K-9, Service Dogs in War are, why not this dog he served with his Human Officer to check for bombs in the Twin Towers.

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    • Cally  October 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Absolutely. This beautiful dog deserves to be honoured. This seems to have blown out of proportion……what the hell is wrong with remembering a dog? What this world needs more of is compassion, and respect for the animals that share our lives. Look at guide dogs and hearing dogs, look what they do for people. Stop all this comparing an animal to a human its ridiculous…everything on the planet has its place. As for Jenn Mann, she can go to hell what a revolting woman. Also what a disgraceful title for a column.
      SIRIUS you will never be forgotten.

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  2. Valerie Martin  October 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    We should absolutely add him!!!

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  3. juanita  October 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

    For those who can’t have children, their pets become their children and losing them can be just as traumatic and heart breaking, Jen Mann us cold hearted.

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    • Cynthia Elia, RN  October 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      You are so right…thanks…as a childless woman, told by a friend, that a woman who can’t have kids is better off dead…some people are cold cruel and heartless…Ms Mann and my “friend” are some of those people. Of course I signed the petition.

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    • karen  October 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      here, here. My sentiments exactly! Dogs are truly unconditional. Any one who has taken the time to love one would know. Those who haven’t have no clue and not had the wonderful experience of such love!

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    • JoAnn Hunter  October 23, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Wow…Jen Mann…are you for real??? You are so in the minority to the point of being non-existent. Sirius deserves recognition as does all family members and people who serve for our Country, Why do you think they are considered “Man’s Best Friend”. Think About It.

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    • Plastic Shadow  October 24, 2014 at 12:45 am

      So true; and what’s worse is that there is so little acceptance of public grieving, someone who loses a child can grieve and be consoled, but those of us losing the one being in this world that has been with us for so long and done so much to help us are expected to “compartmentalize” and act like nothing has happened. Thank you so much!

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  4. janae bailie  October 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I feel that Sirius should be included in the memorial.

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  5. Kayla  October 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you so much to everyone who is trying to make this work. Dogs are family and should be recognized just as much as humans

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    • Randa Naim  October 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

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  6. Elise Eaton  October 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Please consider Jen Mann, those of us who do not have children and consider our pets to be our children and equally if not more important than other human family, losing one is very likely similar to or the same as losing a child for us.

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  7. Heather F  October 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    It is sad how people disregard pets. People forget they are living and breathing. I almost wonder if people would sing a different tune if the do help pull one if their loved ones to safety. Keep fighting for this good cause!

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  8. Roxann  October 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I believe Sirius should be included – animal officers have made great contributions. I don’t think it lessens the memorial for people

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  9. Darwin L. Doll  October 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Add Sirius to the 9/11 memorial.

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  10. Christy S.  October 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Great article. Raises many topics for discussion. I agree that Sirius should be added, at least somewhere, on a memorial. Although I love my pets, I have a special place for working dogs, and think that they should be held in higher regard. Whether it be a police K9, a military working dog, rescue dogs etc. To me, at that point, they are no longer “just a dog”. They’re a dog with a job, and a very important one at that. We hold people who have these jobs in a higher regard, so why not their K9 counter parts. Just my opinion. Thanks for sharing. RIP Sirius and thank you for your service.

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    • Shellie Younger  October 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I agree with you. Very well said.

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    • Daniel Laemmerhirt  October 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Indeed. And the thing to remember even more is that Sirius didn’t choose to be an officer like all policemen do. This I think makes him all the more heroic.

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  11. Phyllis Randall  October 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Of course Sirius should have recognition….he had police officer status

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  12. Cyndi Sood  October 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Sirius deserves to be honored for saving lives. Perhaps we should put out a petition to engrave Sirius’s name in the memorial along with the other fallen officers who risked their lives to save ours.

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    • dj  October 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I agree with all the kind comments about Sirius
      He died in service to his country and to her people. Many dogs worked that 9/11 site looking for the living, and later the remains of human beings. Sirius would have been one of those dogs had he survived. Honor Sirius for his service.

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    • Elizabeth Wales  October 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Luckily enough one has been started. He’s a direct link to the petition 🙂

      https://www.change.org/p/the-september-11th-memorial-add-sirius-the-k-9-to-the-9-11-memorial

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  13. stephanie  October 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Sirius was a law enforcement officer, on duty, at the scene, at the time of the attack.
    He lost his life alongside many of his fellow heroes.
    Animal lovers or not, it is really that simple.
    Please add his name to the memorial.
    Not doing so is blatant disrespect for the badge.

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  14. A. S.  October 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Nice way to mention that guy’s full name. Not passive-aggressive at all for someone who moved on from it.

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    • NoName  October 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      We should all remember that name: Justin Caes.

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    • c.w.  October 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

      she didn’t mention it. the person who wrote the article did.

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  15. Chuck Pugh  October 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I feel the same as you, Ms.Wales, the response you received is overwhelmingly in favor of memorializing Sirius. It will happen one day, and we will all be happy. He was a precious devoted hero! I appreciate your efforts.

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  16. Rona Moody  October 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    The Shrine in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s National War Memorial, commemorates not just dogs but also mules, elephants, horses, camels, carrier pigeons, oxen and reindeer. “Remember also the humble beasts that served and died” it says.

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    • Daniel Laemmerhirt  October 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Great job Scotland!!! Makes me proud to be part Scottish!

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  17. David K  October 22, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    If Corporations have been awarded the status of personhood by the US Supreme Court why can’t dogs be considered persons?

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  18. Dawn Drnek  October 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Sirius should be on there he was a police officer. Doesn’t matter if he had 4 legs or 2. He put his life on the line everyday just like the 2 legged police officers.

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  19. Matthew Crelia  October 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I believe ALL people who have ever had the experience of living with a Dog,or working with one,knows the Loyalty,Empathy,companionship,protectiveness,and unconditional love they exhibit to their Human counterparts or Family. They indeed ARE considered a Family member. And as such,in the Work that Sirius performed,along with his Human counterpart,Elizabeth Wales is asking that he be honored in the 911 Memorial,as were all the others who died.
    I can’t understand anyone who does not see the simplicity in Elizabeth’s desire to see Sirius included. I would only question why Lt. David Lim,who worked side by side with Sirius,has not included a comment in this article,or been an outspoken Supporter,to see Sirius included in the 911 Memorial.

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  20. Michael Neff  October 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I think it was best said in the article, “Rothstein said that, personally, her experience of the memorial would not be diminished by the addition of Sirius’ name.”
    I recently visited the memorial and found the stories of all three dogs involved in the tragedy very emotional.

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  21. Eloise Gadus  October 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Sirius the Dog Star

    Sirius reminds me of another Dog Hero. Blato the lead dog who brought vaccine to Nome, Alaska in the1900’s during a raging blizzard. His musher said only Balto could find the way through that storm and save the lives of many children. Dogs serve us in many ways and its fitting that we honor that service and repay their loyalty. There is a statue of Balto in Central Park. What better way to pay respect to all the dogs that were used to search for people in the rubble of Twin Towers, then to honor the one dog who died there. Add Sirius’ name to the 9/11 Memorial!

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  22. Laura Gorleski  October 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    If a dog can shiver when SCARED, jump enthusiastically when HAPPY, COMFORT you when your down, become a fierce PROTECTOR when the ones they LOVE are threatened and be ‘Man’s best friend’ as they have been known to be through out history, then I would think that it would be clear that they are just as alive and sentient as we are. Are we not TRAINED when we are little how to SIT, STAY and most importantly HOW TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS! Do we not quiver in FEAR, jump for joy when HAPPY!? As humans do we not COMFORT the ones we LOVE when they are depressed, do we not PROTECTOR those we CARE about!? Is not the saying ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAT TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FELLOW MAN’? That is indeed what dogs will do when their friends, their FAMILY, is threatened! Sometimes the only love a person has in their life is that of a K9 companion and they will mourn just as hard at their dog’s death as the would if they were human!

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    • Adriane Lien  October 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      VERY WELL SAID LAURA G.!!

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  23. Gaynell Stull  October 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Sirius was not a pet, but yes, a dog. He was a police officer and died awaiting his partner’s return. He died in the line of duty and should be added to the memorial as such, a police canine who died in the line of duty.

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  24. Anthony  October 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Totally agree with this dogs even though unable to speak a human dialect have feeling they are trained just as humans are the only difference is a human has a choice to become a military personnel or a officer these dogs don’t they are somewhat forced into it there have been many incidents where murders who broke out of jail would of killed again if not for a dog bombs that would of killed thousands of people if it wasnt for a dog people who lost there sight or hearing wouldn’t be able to go out in public if it was not for a dog if these animals are risking there lives and saving tons of us humans they have the right to be nominated appreciated and have there names recognized

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  25. Elizabeth Wales  October 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    If you are interested in signing the petition you can find it here:

    https://www.change.org/p/the-september-11th-memorial-add-sirius-the-k-9-to-the-9-11-memorial

    Also, you can also find our page on facebook at:

    https://www.facebook.com/Memorial.for.Sirius?ref=hl

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  26. Lynn Chamberlain  October 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This dog was not a pet. He was a full member of the Port Authority Police Department, a police officer, not just symbolically but legally. His badge number was PAPD #17. When police dogs pass away they are entitled to and given the same funeral rites as any other police officer. Killing a police dog is a felony in many states, including New York. There is no reason why his name should not be on the memorial.

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    • NoName  October 24, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Excellent comment.

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  27. Suzanne Farley  October 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    These dogs put their lives on the line and have saved many people. Our animals are part of our family. They give unconditional love. I feel sorry for people that do not understand this. Put Sirius on the wall where he deserves to be!

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  28. G. Krelle  October 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    In my humble opinion, there is no line. Sirius died that day, on duty and deserves to be recognized. Adding his name to the memorial does not diminish or harm in any way the memory of the other victims. It only enhances the memorial’s purpose of honoring and respecting all the lives that were lost that day.

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    • NoName  October 24, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Yes!

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  29. angie  October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I signed the petition. I do hope his name is added. Its sad that people are so cruel and negative about someone’s beliefs. I am all for it. Keep it up.

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  30. Diane  October 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Let me start off by saying, I don’t consider animals to be on the same level as humans and treating them as such is doing a disservice to them as well as us. Then to make them equal in the eyes of the law, is wrong.
    However, in this case, I believe the dog should be included in the memorial. If, in fact, the dog was a legitimate member of the police force and died while on duty, why shouldn’t he be afforded the same honor as his fellow officers? While dog may not have chosen to become an officer as his human counterparts did, he did choose to do the work (you’re not going to force a dog to do something like that if it doesn’t want to). Therefore, in my opinion, he deserves the recognition.

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  31. C Fangerow  October 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I am all for honoring Sirius by including his name on the memorial, but first I would like to hear how 9/11 survivors and those who lost loved ones in that tragedy feel about it. To me, their opinion counts the most.

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  32. Cris Ramirez  October 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I strongly believe that not only Sirius, but all of the dogs who gave up their lives on that dreadful day should be honored as well. Along with their Handlers if that has not been done. These dogs served their Country and were trained and dedicated to save people. They should all be honored as the Heroes that they are. Perhaps a section of the Memorial could be dedicated to the heroic Handlers and K-9’s who lost their lives in trying to save others.

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  33. Alan Stanton  October 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    One can only hope that for Wesley Smith’s sake, intelligent and superior forms of life do not exist elsewhere in the universe. Or if they do, they never come to visit us. Or if they do, they don’t have his perspective on life. They might say, for example, “Because humans are intelligent and ‘experience positive emotions,’ that does not make them morally equivalent to our children.”

    To Jen Mann I have to say I tend to agree that “losing a dog is nothing like losing a child.” More than likely, we humans haven’t given birth to a dog but we may have to a child. Nothing in that says there is anything wrong with memorializing a dog. And the 9/11 memorial contains names of mostly adults, not children, so Mann’s comparison is off the mark. I also wonder about the ”humanity” and civilized nature of someone who publishes on a global medium something titled “People I Want to Punch in the Throat.” I for one would want to remember a hero such as Sirius more than someone with Mann’s temperament.

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  34. Paula Patson  October 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    No one said losing a dog is more important than losing a child. I really wonder about individuals who are so against honoring dogs who do extraordinary things. Justin Caes should be put in jail for his threats. What a jerk.If Jen Mann does not want to go to a service for an animal then FINE ….. don’t go. That is Jen’s right but understand this is a free country and I would go in a minute.Wesley Smith needs to go into a twelve step program to learn how to communicate without being so hard just because Wesley disagrees with the opinion of another. I wonder if any of the named individuals in this note ever had an animal or are you the type that has one just for the sake of owning a pet ? Sirius is not your typical dog and I fully agree with Jack Kowell who values all dogs who work with their masters to do hazardous duties. I have had dogs for years and suffered the pain of their loss when they died. I would not erect a memorial for any of my dogs however none of them worked to save lives nor did they have to undergo stress during their daily routines. There is a difference and I salute Elizabeth Wales for starting the petition

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  35. J Hays  October 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Prof. Rothstein cannot equate the life of a police dog who lost his life in the line of duty with service dogs who assist people such as those with disabilities. While those dogs serve an important need to those individuals, those dogs are there to serve one person. There is a very clear line between those dogs and those who serve as K-9 officers or war dogs. A k-9 officer or a war dog is there to serve all those in society. The service required of them by human beings puts them in harm’s way. Their dedication, will to protect and serve human kind in law enforcement and war is unwavering. By minimizing their contribution and dismissing them by not honoring them, we lose our humanity.
    Sirius lost his life serving as a k-9 officer. He deserves to have his name inscribed on the 9-11 memorial. This country obviously understands the important contributions and bravery of these animals by taking the step to have a K-9 War memorial honoring war dogs. We should be honoring Sirius, a K-9 police officer, who gave his life on 9-11 where the events of that day were an act of war. It is my belief that to do so, shows the appreciation and humanity we have for such selfless bravery and dedication which comes in the form of our K-9 police officers. I am quite sure that the vast majority of those visiting the memorial would agree that this dog deserves to have his name on the 9-11 memorial.

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    • Jeff  October 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Sir thank you from all Police and Military K-9 Handlers across this country. Your post is dead on!!!

      Respectfully,

      Current Police K-9 Handler

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  36. Bruce Cohen  October 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    All of those closed little minds that feel so negative about adding Sirius’ name to the 9/11 memorial were most likely there, in the surrounding street to truly experience the horror that visited us, especially those of us in NYC. I can’t for the life of me understand any criticism regarding this and for those of your who say no, I suggest you talk to a survivor (albeit the scant few) on that dark day.
    Any threats to any commenters, especially to Elizabeth Wales, will be dealt with me. Just let me know where to meet.
    So either shut the fuck up or move to the mid-east.

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  37. Andrea V  October 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    The question of adding Sirius to the memorial is not a simple black and white answer of “he is not a human”. While I admit to being a dog lover, Sirius was not just an ordinary dog. And, while it is wonderful that he has been memorialized in other ways, he WAS a member of the police force and he did lose his life in the 9/11 disaster.

    I don’t think adding his name lessens the honor to any of the other victims.

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  38. Jimmy O'Keefe  October 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Elizabeth,

    I signed your petition and I agree with you 100%. Sirius died doing his duty as a police dog and didn’t even have a choice of his own. I pray that you succeed in your efforts!

    Thanks,
    Jimmy O’Keefe

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  39. April Chennuri  October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I signed the petition on Change.org and I do understand people have there opinions and they are entitled to them. That being said Sirius was a cop who worked with the police dept. the fact that he had four legs instead of two is irrelevant. There were a lot of lives lost on that tragic day and Sirius should be remembered at the 9/11 memorial as well. If they don’t want to add his name with the “Humans” fine I feel it would be better to build a life size statue of Sirius telling those that visit about his story and how he worked hard daily to protect the World Trade Center just like a lot of the men and women who died tragically on 9/11. He deserves to be remembered just as much as everyone else who lost there lives that day. So do the right thing and add Sirius to the 9/11 memorial.

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  40. Onita  October 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I, personally, would love to see Sirius honored. It would be right and honorable. As with all service animals, they are of great value, whether the creature is in the military or civilian service, all need to honored in some way.

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  41. tony terracina  October 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Has the survivors of 9/11 been asked what they think? If they overwhelming approve I don’t understand why this is an issue. I think he deserves to be honored as well. I say ask the survivors and their families take a poll and “get er done”.

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  42. Cassie Quinlan  October 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Important conversation – and I am glad you post all sides. I think you should have reported the person who accompanied their comment with a death-threat-menace – that kind of speech needs to be highlighted as a threat to public confidence, dignity – it’s intended to bully, but needs to be called out as lazy speech – someone who threatens others safety when they don’t know how to explain their own values or needs.

    Animals – we live in a shared universe. We share fragile life with other beings. Who are we to dissect and analyze distinctions, and assume a formula that leaves us to kill, harm or neglect other live beings. Even religions that put humans above animals, see man as a “steward” of the earth, one with a responsibility for caring, not freedom to cause harm or focus without comment, on activities that neglect those who depend on others.

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  43. Carol B.  October 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    We think Sirius should be added to the Memorial; we heard about him at the time of the 911 attack and as dog/animal lovers and owners, we know the devotion of dogs to their owners/ police partners or people they work with. Thanks for trying to have a statue of him included; he was on the job working but left briefly by his partner.

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  44. L. Estell  October 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I fail to see how adding the dog to a memorial in any way hurts ANYONE. No one is saying the dog’s life is worth more than any of the humans who died that day. They’re simply saying he deserves recognition, too. When we recognize those who aren’t human, we’re LIFTING humans in status because it shows that compassion is a good thing. And that it is not a limited resource. Truly, I don’t trust people who don’t like animals, because while animal lovers have the capability to love everyone, the opposite is not true, and for people who don’t like animals, compassion IS a limited resource.

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    • c.w.  October 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

      thank you.

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  45. Carol B.  October 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    My comments are above; we hope Serius will be added to 911 Memorial. Thanks.

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  46. Tucsonian  October 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    The 9/11 memorial honors American lives lost. I really can’t understand how any American could threaten another American for putting a petition out there. It is our right as Americans to pursue whatever makes us happy. If you don’t agree with what is being petitioned then go ahead and say so, but to threaten someone is as far from American values as you can get.

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  47. Sandi Pichon  October 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I’m sorry for Jen Mann, Justin Caes and others whose capacity for love is so shallow. It is thier great loss they don’t understand “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”

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  48. Sandi Pichon  October 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I’m sorry for Jen Mann, Justin Caes and others whose capacity for love is so shallow. It is their great loss they don’t understand “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”

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  49. Samantha Emminizer  October 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    While I can appreciate how people feel that an animal is not a person, I am very sensitive to the fact that this was not just any dog. Service animals are truly amazing animals who quite often are willing to do what we can’t or won’t do. If a police dog is killed in the line of duty, they are considered officers of the law, and I don’t see where this should be any different.
    Do you think if Sirius had to choose between finding an explosive and saving lives and another dog nearby he would have picked the dog just because it was a dog? No he absolutely wouldn’t because these dogs have a sense of loyalty and dedication to their jobs that is absolutely amazing. They will put themselves in harms way to protect others in a heartbeat, and I am amazed that we are so resistant to recognize him.
    I have been a first responder for 18 years and I know how very heart breaking 9/11 was, and I can only speak for myself but police, fireman, emergency responders in general- we’re all a family, a brotherhood and that includes our service dogs…

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  50. Shannon  October 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Elizabeth Wales, thank you for this pursuit and I am 100% on board with you as many others are as well. Sirius was a Police Dog, PERIOD. He died that day, confused and scared just like all of the humans and he should be memorialized. Keep up the good work and have faith, for Dog is God spelled backwards. He is with us! Shannon Nelson, Newport Beach, CA

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  51. JIM ROWE  October 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    SEMPER Fi SIRIUS !! AND HOO-RAH! !
    JR – USMC

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  52. c  October 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I think Sirus should have his name included as he was a working dog and saved lives not just a family pet even though he was loved as one.. If they are having a problem putting his name with the others who lost their lives why can’t we have a memorial engraved for the dogs that were lost on 9-11 and he would be listed as he deserves as a “member of the police force, just like any other officer. “Sirius put his life on the line every single day he went to work. He didn’t ask for it. It was his job,”

    They have feelings and love and hurt and no one is saying it is the same as loosing a child or a parent but they are a member of your family and you still morn their loss..

    They search and rescue your loved ones that you might ot see if it wasn’t for them, catch criminals and stop drugs from coming into our country. He deserves to be on their with the others who were lost.. Think about it.. Thank you

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  53. Leanne Woodall  October 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I truly believe that Sirius should be included in the memorial. He was Lt. David Lim’s K-9 partner (keyword: partner) He wore a badge and put his life on the line just like any other officer would. The fact that he was a dog shouldn’t have anything to do with it. And there’s something wrong with people wanting to exclude any loyal service animals that may have perished while remaining by a person with a disability. Any life lost in on 9/11 should be properly recognized and remembered.

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  54. Larry Nipper  October 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    If a bad guy had shot the dog the law would peruse him just like he had shot a human so if it’s good enough in one instance it’s good for the other

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  55. Mary  October 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    All animals are very intelligent. That includes cats and dogs.

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  56. Kelly  October 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I stand by you 100% Elizabeth. I believe Sirius should be honored for his life and death as an officer. Sirius did not ask for this job he was trained for this job and made the best of it and did the best job he could protecting his handler and the public. I for one believe that he should be remembered for that. I did sign your petition and shared it, please keep fighting for this.

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  57. Jill  October 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Ever heard dogs are people too? Its become prolific because its very true. Most animals feel and are able to express themselves, yet in a language other than English but that’s how God made them and who are we to make light of that. To make light of this loss is barbaric to the people who were also hurt by 911 and that should rightfully so include anyone American and by being American anyone human who actually has a heart. Its insulting to know that this poor soul gave his time, and dedicated his life to saving humans to be mocked or insulted as if his very life was of no value. Ask anyone who has a pet if they think their loved one has no value and you would find them staring back at you with shock
    and disbelief to be asked. Its not about if humans are more important, its about honor, respect and gratitude.
    We honor our fallen heroes by placing their names for others to remember, we respect our lost loved ones sacrifice by paying tribute to them and we deeply and graciously thank them for giving us the privilege to fight for them to be honored when it should really be a no brainer.

    He didn’t get a choice to give his life, it was tragically made for him by an act of terror, violence and disgraceful acts of ugly brought about by humanities worst kind of mistake for human kind. To not honor him is disdain for what should make us superior as a species ourselves. If we do no such thing, then we are no different and have no
    separation from other intelligent life. Dogs already honor, respect and appreciate us, is it really fair if we do not return the unconditional love?

    I take comfort in knowing God loved him too, so I can only hope he has special plans for the ones who caused his life to be taken and in the way it was. He was left alone, he feared and though we cannot bring him back, we can do the right thing by him now, today. I weep for the sake of the direction of humanity every second we don’t make this right! We cannot change what’s been done, but we can create change, but what we do!

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  58. Tuyen Huynh  October 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    If you are a human and you don’t have the love for this dog that died serving for the humans, then you should stop calling yourself a human.

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  59. Wesley  October 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Considering that Sirius was a police officer, where someone could be charged if they caused harm or death to him, then I believe that SIRIUS should be added to the list for the 9/11 Memorial. By all laws he was a police officer and afforded all rights accorded to one.

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  60. Cookie  October 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Go for the Sirius memorial. The dog DESERVES it.

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  61. Michael McLeod  October 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t know who Justin Caes is or if I even spelled his stupid name right! But I would enjoy meeting him and tell him why that dog belongs in the memorial and then knock his teeth down his throat.

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  62. Jamie A Hankins  October 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    To me, people who would threaten violence because of this are no better than the people who claim that 9/11 was a hoax.

    I would run into a burning building for my pets. If anyone wants to “punch me in the throat” for that, then let them try.

    A memorial is about remembering. Sirius deserve to be remembered.

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  63. Kevin Morris  October 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I do NOT understand why some people think animals are beneath them! Because they don’t speak the same language? So what?! They damn sure know how to LOVE better than humans! So for idiots to say that dogs aren’t “morally comparable to humans” is ridiculous. I have seen many, MANY dogs with better morals than a lot of people all over this world. So why do people think dogs, cats, etc are “less than”? It makes me so upset, and disappointed in so many people .

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  64. Barbara  October 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Sirius was a Police K-9 and should be included on the Memorial. Any Police Department with a K-9 unit have memorial plagues so he should be included on the Memorial too.

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  65. Ruth Griffith  October 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    There are many of us who back your efforts to have Sirius’ name included on the memorial and are encouraged when a young person like you takes up a cause you believe in, doesn’t back down, and continues to push it through.

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  66. rose  October 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    It isn’t fair to compare animals to humans Animals, dogs especially, are much more loving, forgiving and devoted to their humans than humans are to each other.
    I am always surprised when someone gets angry about honoring an animal who gave his life in the line of duty. Why that should cause anger, I have no idea
    I am pleased that Sirius is being honored, as he should be. He was a devoted servant of the NY/NJ Port Authority

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  67. PARYTRAY  October 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Justin Caes IS A DISGRACE FOR THREATENING THE LIFE OF MS. WALES!! THIS LITTLE PUNK BOY NEEDS A GOOD @$S WHIPPING, AND I’LL BE OBLIGED!

    AS FOR ‘WANNA BE’ AUTHOR JENN MANN, I WOULD PUNCH YOU IN THE THROAT IF I COULD! BUT SEEING HOW I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF YOU OR YOUR SO CALLED ‘BOOKS’, I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE. I AM SURE YOU WILL GET YOURS ONE DAY BY SOMEONE!! YOU MAKE ME WANT TO THROW UP!

    THIS DOG DESERVES THE RECOGNITION JUST AS ALL POLICE AND MILITARY DOGS WHO FIGHT SIDE BY SIDE WITH IT’S PARTNER.

    DOES ANYBODY GET HOW MANY LIVES THESE DOGS HAVE SAVED????

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    • Julie Behmer  October 23, 2014 at 7:26 am

      This Jenn Mann needs to order a “NEW SET OF BRAINS”..

      NOT a very developed Human Being! This animal performed a service and deserves to be recognized.

      Take it a step further, this is a SHARED PLANET EXPERIENCE, look how well Humans have dominated?

      Fluoride in your waters, Chem Trails with nasty chemicals, HAARP, beautiful mammals beaching themselves and dying, our oceans are depleting in flora. air, land and water poisoned!

      Shame on you!

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  68. Marcia Mueller  October 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Sirius was a wonderful living being who died in the terror attack. He deserves to have his name on the memorial. We should not pay attention to the arrogant trolls who think that animals do not matter. Remember, human beings, not animals, flew the planes into the towers and were responsible for the horror.And basically are all animals who descended from those other animals who went before us. If more self-important people realized that, they would have more empathy with all the creatures we share this earth with. But the important thing is that Sirius have his place of honor on the memorial.

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  69. Nick Williams  October 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Anyone who has ever truly lived with, worked closely with, or seriously trained dogs, and even cats in some cases, will almost always include these wonderful creatures as part of their family. It is just sad that so many people would rather dismiss animals as inferior creatures rather than be open to their pain and suffering. I do not believe there has ever been an instance where choosing anger, superiority, and exclusion has been more beneficial to anyone, or humanity as a whole, than choosing to be open-minded, inclusive, and accepting. To anyone that wishes to be angry about someone’s love, care, and adoration of their pet, I would personally rather love them than please you. At the end of the day they still risk themselves for me, take care of me whenever I need it, and don’t get angry when something happens that they don’t like, but the same cannot be said for you. Perhaps instead of telling other people how they should be with you and other people and animals you should instead focus on how you can learn patience, understanding, and tranquility yourself first.
    To all animal lovers out there, you are wonderful and amazing! Keep pushing for equal rights, your animals will still love you unconditionally even if you don’t but why not give them the reciprocity they deserve?
    Love to all, even those that don’t agree or understand.

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  70. Rose Rosenberg  October 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Smith wrote. “Because dogs are intelligent and ‘experience positive emotions,’ that does not make them morally equivalent to a human child.”

    Mr. Smith….Dogs are morally superior to humans.
    If the dog died in service to humans and because of the tragic incident, what harm is there memorializing him. No harm, so do the right thing.

    I agree with Rose above. Most animals are morally superior to humans. Those who are opposed so noted, get over your animal hostility and give this wonderful, loving creature his due.

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  71. Samantha  October 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Jen Mann needs to get a grip. You can tell just by the name of her column. Sirius needs to be honored. Please keep updating us on the status of this.

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  72. Melanie  October 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

    “SIRIUS SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE 911 MEMORIAL!”

    It is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time that these animals that are trained as police officers of the law and working side by side with police officers of the law are not given the respect that they deserve. Sirius gave his life doing his job, that he was trained for by serving and protecting. He was recognized as an officer of the law then and he should be recognized now. He should have his own memorial for 911 to be respectful of all K-9 trained officers of the law everywhere!

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  73. Malaika  October 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    There’s a vital piece of information missing from this article. If a NYC citizen had hurt or killed Sirius, that citizen would have been prosecuted for assaulting or killing an officer. If one of those people in the buildings had killed Sirius, they could be put in prison for up to 10 years under _federal_ law. That doesn’t even touch on the city and state laws that might apply. What does it say about those who died that they could have been put in prison for harming Sirius, but the same power structure won’t bother to honor him when killed by external terrorists? Not honoring him says a place on a memorial is worth more than the lives of New York City citizens.

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  74. Marilyn Barber  October 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Sirius was able to be trained by a human. It means that he has intelligence in orden to be trained. He also had to be intelligent and loyal in orden to do a job; which he did!!
    He was a member of the police department. He must be included in the Memorial.

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  75. Brenda Hixenbaugh  October 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    To millions, animals are a part of their family! As loved and cherished and protected as any family member would be.Jen Mann you need to get a clue.

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  76. Cheryl  October 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Sirius lived life as a police officer.
    Sirius died as a police officer.
    Sirius deserves the honor of a police officer.
    I’m looking forward to the day when Sirius’s name is honored with all the others whose lives were taken on 9/11.
    Please keep me posted on this.

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  77. Holly  October 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Sirius should absolutely be added to the memorial and honored with the rest of the police officers.

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  78. Keith  October 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I also signed the petition and believe that Sirius name belongs at the memorial. I and I’m sure many others have seen these dogs get full color guard burials. As far as Jen Mann is concerned you just blew it. From the title of her column it is clear she doesn’t like people and would probably never visit the 9/11 Memorial.

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  79. DEBI  October 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I am visiting NY right now. I was at the 911 museum last night. Very moving, but being a dog lover Sirius’ s story hit me the hard. Having no hope of escape he was doing his job. Seeing his service leash in the glass case, touching. He definitely should be included.

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  80. Bernie  October 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    The addition of Sirius would serve as a testimony to our humanity as a Nation.

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  81. C Thompson  October 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Some people are missing a gene it is called the heart and yes Sirius is a hero and like all his fellow heroes he should be added to the memorial . Jenn Mann you want to punch people in the throat ? , yeah try that with me and you will find yourself down on the ground …I don’t know what to think about people who say animals are just animals , no they capture a part of our heart and they stay there .Add his name he deserves to be there ….

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  82. Donna  October 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Absolutely, unequivocally should Sirius and every service animal who died on Sept. 11 or since as a result of their duties there be memorialized. It is unconscionable not to. And to ms. mann, I will gladly return the favor, for your arrogance alone.

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  83. Dawn  October 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    The k9 should b remembered by all. He served our country and was taken away from his handler & his family! He should have his name added because he was wrking the 9/11 site and with doing so he lost his battle then and there. He probably suffered while in his cage or I would hope it was quick & painless. I just had 2 put dwn my dog of 12 yrs and he was always apart of my family. He served as my hearing dog 4 a long time. Now that he’s gone & burried , I’m still mourning his loss with his battle of tumors growing rapidly on his body.

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  84. Jennifer  October 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    He was a K-9 officer, that should be enough justification. Btw he was buried with full police honors, his fellow comrades saw his officer first, dog second.

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  85. gina acampora  October 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Why can’t we love both deeply. Those of us who value our pets as family,should be the main reason to even having one at all. My pets have done more for emotionally than any one in my life,it’s a special relationship and I feel the author who made the harsh comment, is ugly inside & I wouldn’t want to know you! Sirius deserves the recognition…after all was he not there to help people…GOD MORONIC PEOPLE PISS ME OFF!

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  86. Artley Edwards  October 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Sirius was a “law enforcement” service dog, who from a puppy was trained to give of himself service to humankind. NO one ever questioned his loyalty, or his lack of self-determination to give his life on “man’s” behalf to that last moment, on that fateful 9/11. HE did not have a choice! Dogs are supposed to be humans’ best friend, and that’s what he did – gave of himself to the very sad end. And now WE (Humans) have the gall to quibble about any inscription as to the value of another LIFE…
    whether humans’ are worth more than an animal’s! WE all miss the boat, didn’t we? IT is the symbolism in Wales’ petition that makes Sirius seeming elevation to
    “personhood” seem significant! But no one is elevating a dog on the same level as a human! IT is the fact that SIRIUS served! And he like every other service person who died, alongside the victims in those towers, should be “immortalized” on that wall AND never should be forgotten. Any one who has ever had a household pet, dog in particular, will recognize the level of interaction, comfort, unconditional loyalty, they are able to provide 24/7. Those who do object to Sirius’ name being recognized along with those of loved ones, are those who have never had the love of pets, AND “man’s” best friend! And what better and more appropriate place for his name to rest, than to be by his “master(s)?” And I end with quite an emotional reaction as I write!!! Call me a kook or whatever! I have watched quite a few of mine take their last breath, and like family, it’s not a happy moment! I have yet to know of someone who has perished in those towers. But every time the event is re-broadcast I get choked up symbolically, and grieve collectively. I grieve for Sirius as well. So many of you may not be animal lovers, but doing what is “right” does not always have to embrace your own ideology. Animal cruelty for example is wrong, whether or not you are an animal lover.

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  87. C. Maibusch  October 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sirius was a working dog, protecting the humans who had business in the WTC. That was his life. His handler, Lt. David Lim, was very emotional about his loss. Those who work with animals in this type of capacity know the value of these animals in that the job could not be done as effectively without them. Sirius the working dog was killed in 9/11 just like everyone else who died that he had protected that morning. He deserves to be on the monument because the WTC was his active workplace. It is a slight to not have him memorialized with everyone else.

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  88. Paula PJ  October 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    As I said when I first signed this petition that Sirius was honored in the book “Dog Heroes of September 11th” page 19 sold & purchased by myself during a visit to the Memorial & gift shop during November of 2011. If Sirius was good enough to be honored in this book he is good enough to be memorialized at the permanent Memorial!!!!!!

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  89. C. Maibusch  October 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Sirius was a dog whose work was to protect those who had business at the WTC. He served humanity. He perished with them as well and should absolutely be included on the memorial. It is a slight that he was not included automatically anyway. Time to rectify that oversight!

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  90. Terri L DeRousse  October 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Give respect where respect is due! This is just horrible that Sirius is not counted as an Officer of the Law! He was more than a dog! My heart goes out to Sirius’ family and that family is the United States of America! If anyone should disagree with me, you have no heart! Every time I think of 9/11, I think of everyone that died, not just humans, but animals also! God gave us the gift of dogs to take care of and love to the max as dogs do the same for us! They also protect our lives as we protect theirs! This brings tears to my heart, that Sirius is not included oh this memorial! Just tears my heart apart. I have tears running down my cheeks now! This is just so sad that human beings are rejecting one of God’s greatest gifts to humans, a dog! A dog that gave up his life just like God’s son did, for all of us! And he isn’t respected enough to have his name added to the memorial? Where does this committee that stated, “The memorial is just for humans” get off? I could say back to them, “Can you prove to me you are !00% human?” I know you can’t until you approve that Sirius’ name be added to the memorial! Do any of you on the committee have a dog? Do you treat your dog like family? Do you love your dog to the max? If you do, your statement proves you are calling the kettle black! I love Sirius. Never met him, I didn’t have to! He was special no matter how you think or how you feel! If you want to represent the United States of America,add Sirius’ name to the memorial! I have a heart and I just do not think with my heart. I take my heart and mind, make them as one. The committee should do the same.

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  91. Nina Lauria  October 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Please add SIRIUS!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  92. Fran  October 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Jen Mann: why would anyone want to punch anyone in the throat? Seriously. Be rational about both humans and dogs and let those who want to honor either do so. There is enough aggression in the world.

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  93. RRG_PM_BT  October 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    ADD SIRIUS to the memorial for his COMMITTED SERVICE and DUTY. He damn well DESERVES it!
    Sirius was a working dog, a service dog, who is ENTITLED to the same RESPECT and HONOR as all service workers.
    God bless all of you for your selflessness.

    And to Jen Mann, who expressed her frustration with people who treat animals like humans, saying, “I will never go to a memorial service for a dog. Losing a dog is nothing like losing a child.” …… I’m so sorry you are INCAPABLE of feeling compassion for Sirius, for his life that was stripped from him, and, for all dogs and pets in general.

    I’D RATHER LIVE WITH A DOG THAN WITH THE LIKES OF YOU!

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  94. jess  October 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Sirius is a hero, and we should all be grateful for his service

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    • Nancy L. Keller  October 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Yes, he should be honored!! I believe in the eyes of Mother

      Nature we are all created equal. All life has value, and all

      creactures large and small have there own value to each

      other and Mother Earth.

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  95. Beth Goldin  October 22, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Sirius deserves what every hero that day deserves. And that is to be added to the 911 Memorial

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  96. Cairenn Day  October 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    The officer down page also includes the canines lost on duty.

    Sirus was a four legged member of the police force. He deserves to be memorialized along with the other lost that horrible day.

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  97. Kirkette Martin  October 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    The Jen Manns are what’s wrong with this world. The Sirius Memorial is positive and good, It will affect her in no way. Why is she so negative?She has a right to her opionion,just as we have a right to ours. Hers does not make the world a better a better place. The Sirius Memorial will. It shows the good in man and animals.

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  98. Cathy Argyle  October 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Sirius should be added to the 9/11 Memorial, not because he was a dog, but because he was a Police Officer who died in the Line of Duty.

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  99. Connie  October 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    He was a POLICE OFFICER. His life was lost, too, and he should be included! It’s not fair to leave him out! Dogs have emotions just like people, and they are FAMILY. Why should we devalue their worth just because they are animals? This wonderful soul was a police officer and died with many of his team, and it IS NOT FAIR TO LEAVE HIM OUT. He’s a hero just like the others!

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  100. Annette Overstreet  October 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    For me there is no question as to whether Sirius’ name should be added. I’ve never understood why some people get so incensed when someone else gives as much respect to animals as they do to humans. It must have something to do with religion – guess they can’t see beyond that “dominion over the animals” thing or that “God made man in His image”. The Creator gave each living thing a spark of the Divine, and he commanded us to care for each other. I don’t believe he meant just humans. My God loves all His creations, not just humans, and I believe He is appalled at how we have exploited, tortured, and abused His other creations. And the image thing? I don’t buy that He gave only humans souls, for I have looked into the eyes of animals and seen their souls staring back at me. And as Will Rogers said, if there aren’t any animals in Heaven, then I want to go where they went.

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  101. Susan Woods  October 22, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I’d like to ‘Punch Jenn Mann In The Throat’ to quote the title of her column!

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    • Elaine DiAntonio  October 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Really, it is quite amazing, and causes one to wonder how some folks can possible be missing just how special and loyal-and intelligent our dogs-yes, and cats are. This appears especially true after thay have been nurtured, taught and lived in our human environment. I could not have said this years ago, but can truly attest to it now. This dog would have laid his own life on the line for a human being-he would have dies protecting his owner, and he would have made fast work of someone trying to harm his loved ones. Sounds a whole lot better and more loyal than many humans. His name should be memorialized on THE WALL!

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    • Elaine DiAntonio  October 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      At first, I thought how mean it was for you to say that-BUT after going back and reading what the shrew Mann said-I send you a hug! Man, Ms. Mann is violent in her heart to say a terrible thing like that. She should be restrained-on a leash to control HER rabies!

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  102. Karen M  October 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I feel a bit sorry for those who have not experienced the emotional depth of animals. I don’t think we need to rate the importance of an animal against a human being. I don’t believe that is what this whole thing is about. This Police Dog, Sirius, deserves the honor and respect that is befitting an Officer.

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  103. morgan  October 23, 2014 at 2:24 am

    He should be there also!!!!!

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  104. Gail  October 23, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Sirius should be added.He was a police dog.He did his job.

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  105. Terry  October 23, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I feel sorry for Justin Caes. Apparently he is either a very lonely person or a total jerk. I hope the first is true. Having said that– to make a threat as he did makes him a terrorist. I hope the government has placed him on the watch list.
    Sirus was not just a pet that was killed by the actions of extremists, he was a working dog with a job to do and was killed in the line of duty just as a military person or other police officer. There is a reason it is considered a crime to shoot or injury working military or police dogs and that’s because they are essential in the line of work they do.
    How about a compromise here and make a special part of the memorial to honor him…………

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  106. Chris  October 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    When a police dog is injured or even hit by a person it is pursuing, assault on an officer charges usually follow. So my point is, the k-9 is obviously an officer in the police departments eyes, so why isn’t Sirius with the rest of the fallen officers? There is a difference in this situation, he isn’t a personal pet, he was an officer.

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  107. Fabiola Galdames  October 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

    All Dogs heroes should have a memorial, together with humans, they r all heroes and deserve recognition

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  108. Bernadette Hansen  October 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Sirius was not a family pet. He was an officer doing his job, just like any other officer. These dogs are special & deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices. If people feel offended by including his name on the main memorial, perhaps a separate small plaque could be put in a place of honor next to the space honoring the humans who died. & for the moron who said loosing a dog is nothing like loosing a human, I would say she has never truly loved a dog. Loss is a universal emotion, it’s not just reserved for humans or human loss.

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  109. LaSabrea Hutchison  October 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I think the biggest thing the “people only persons” are missing is this was NOT just someone’s dog he WAS A POLICE OFFICER and if for no other reason, THAT fact gives him the RIGHT to be on the memorial! Last I knew, to harm/kill a police dog/horse carries a serious punishment because they are police animals. There for he was a police officer first and a dog second…. I wonder how many of them would be OK with forgetting a “human” police officers name on that memorial?

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=96229
    Federal Law Enforcement Animal Protection Act

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  110. Nikoal Phillips  October 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Add his name to the memorial! Sirius is a HERO! I lost my dog “Willy” a month ago and he was my “Son”! I cannot have children and I am still trying to deal with the loss! I don’t understand people like that ass! He has never loved anyone or anything! Dogs are so special! Willy made my life much happier! He did something to make me laugh EVERY DAY! Sirius should already be on that memorial! Good Luck and thank you for starting this petition!

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  111. Valerie  October 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Sirius is a hero and he should be honored accordingly. May God Bless his precious soul.

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  112. Laurel  October 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    No question he should be included. Recently, two incidents of intruders entering the grounds of the White House. First incident the intruder actually made it to the President’s quarters. Security was stepped up so the next intruder was immediately stopped by a security dog. When intruder fought back another dog rushed in to assist. Not until several minutes passed did a human enter the scene as a third presence. Dogs most often are the first line of defense and most definitely deserve respect & honor for their service.

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  113. Ellen  October 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I’m looking at all the names on this list that agree on remembering Sirius. I was a k-9 handler in San Diego and I will never forget my partner. My best friend Lori and I along with my Goddaughter, her daughter, visited the 911 reflection pools in July. It was beautiful! As we entered the museum, a little black Lab lay just outside the door. He had just finished checking the surrounding area of the museum to make sure nothing would hurt us inside as we entered. For all those idiot that don’t feel love towards dog, it’s their loss! My friend Lori sent me this article and had a great idea! Why don’t we donate money and create a statue of Sirius sitting next to the “Survival Tree”, Look how many of us there are, it would be so easy for us to collect the money. We could honor Sirius and stick it to those that are stupid and sad.

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    • Thomas  October 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Ellen, I would be honored to donate to have a statue of Sirius to honor him and all K9 Officer’s who give their life for this Country and the people they serve. It strikes me that if a person harms or kills a K9 Officer that person is charged as though they killed a Human Officer and, not to have a K9 Officer on a memorial just plain hurts.

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  114. Sandra Hildreth  October 24, 2014 at 2:31 am

    My dogs are my kids. I have had them since they were babies. When my kids grew up and went their own way, I still had my babies to keep me company. They are loyal and loving. They are always at my side no matter what I’m doing. Put Sirius on the memorial. He deserves it. How would you like to be locked in a cage and can’t get out. He was terrified and all alone. He gave him life for others. Put him on the memorial!!!!!

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  115. Geralyn Corcillo  October 24, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Sirius should be on the Memorial. The reason WE ARE BETTER THAN TERRORISTS is that we care about lives.

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  116. patty templeton  October 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    His name should be added he was apart of the police force he was a police officer point blank

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  117. Evan  October 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    The part where if we honor Sirus we must honor other animals is BS. We honored all first responders and employees there, wasn’t Sirus an first responder/worker just like the security guards, police, fire, rescue etc. ?

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  118. deg  October 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I sent this:

    Ms. Mann:

    You and Justin Caes should just get together and “punch each other in the throat”, oh brother.

    Just because something doesn’t mean something to YOU, does not automatically render it invalid.

    The title of your blog says it all. You would do well to seek help with your obvious anger issues.

    Must suck to be you.

    deg

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  119. Kelly Petela  October 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I think it is obvious that Sirus should be added to the memorial. He gave his life helping to protect and serve this country, and lost his life as well. Animals hold a place in our hearts, they are our family our friends. He deserves to be remembered just as much as everyone else who lost their life on that awful day. Recognize them all.

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  120. cathy derosier  September 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    I think Sirius name should have been on it right from the start!!PLEASE GET IT ON ASAP!!!

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  121. Carol Haberman  September 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    His name needs to be put on the list just like all the others who served our country & died for it. He was a wonderful dog & needs to be remembered. A real hero. We love our animals & they serve us well. They do a great job for this country. There should be a special memorial where we can honor them.

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  122. kathysherman  December 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Of course Sirus’s name should be put on this beautiful memorial

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  123. Lt David W. Lim  December 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you all for the positive (and negative) comments… Hopefully one day, the 9/11 Memorial Museum will allow for Sirius’s name to be added to the Wall… Lt. David W. Lim PAPD (ret.)

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