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These are some of them, most were golden retrivers and labradors, but also included german shepherds and other breeds. Sadly most are dead now, while many people forget them and don’t spare them a thought. 

As people lay dying, trapped and hurt, a team of nearly 100 loyal and courageous search dogs put their lives on the line to help humans. Without them, many more would not have survived, yet few people consider them. 

In such a chaotic, terrifying, hot, acrid-smelling, smokey and loud environment, countless human lives depended on their ability to focus, listen, respond to their handlers, and work tirelessly. Stepping over cracked glass, hot tarmac, through flames and thick smoke, being winched over deep ravines, they battled on to seek out survivors and bring them aid. 

They worked around the clock, day and night, searching, sniffing, over and over. Not only did they search, but they comforted - many eyewitnesses speak of how the dogs would stop and sit by newly-recovered victims, giving them a sense of hope and relief, before moving on to look for the next. As the situation became desperate, and the rescue workers and fire teams became utterly distraught at the amount of people who were recovered dead, these dogs brought them comfort, sitting with them on breaks, letting them grieve.

Many of these dogs are old, and have passed away. Let us remember the courage and loyalty they showed at such a horrendous event. They didn’t have a choice, but nonetheless they did what was asked of them and helped save countless lives. Don’t let their bravery be forgotten today either, or their determination to be a ‘good dog’ despite the scary and dangerous environment around them.

I’m not crying I just have feelings in my eyes

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The patronus’ mouth opened wide and it spoke in the loud, deep, slow voice of Kingsley Shacklebolt.

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Jessa Appreciation Week: Day 2 >> Favourite Scene

Favourite Scene was practically impossible for me to choose. Every scene including Jem and Tessa is so important. Every scene gives you one or more portions of the kaleidoscope image that is their relationship. There is so many different factors in their relationship, and the majority of them are positive. I love that their relationship is never overly dependant - in each and every scene they raise each other up to be better, they always support each other or they politely conk each other on the head if they’re being stupid. Through and through the relationship is never uncomfortable or unhealthy. It was forged from friendship and trust and has endured for so so long. Each scene represents them at a different stage of their relationship- tentative friends all the way to passionate lovers. Jem and Tessa have many great scenes, but all of them are my favourite. Whether it be them meeting up upon Blackfriars Bridge for the last time within the books, or be it when they’re walking to Jessamines room to give her Shadowhunting gear- both completely at ease with one another and laughing at the idea of Silent Brothers playing charades.

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Does this darkness have a name? Is it your name?

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Sometimes my heart aches at how my life has turned out, in a good way. It doesn’t mean there haven’t been hardships, there have been, but I’m here and here is good.

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Always looking back at you.

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For me, being able to be vulnerable is difficult, but it’s just something that I feel comfortable doing. I need to fully understand why, the thought-process behind the character and I have to believe it. That comes from a lot of preparation. 

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allison, i love you