The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.
Omar E. Rivera (who is blind) and his yellow Labrador retriever, Salty, escaped unharmed from the Sept. 11, 2001 disaster with many of his co-workers from the 71st floor office. With one hand on Salty's harness and another on a friend's arm, Mr. Rivera descended into unknown world filled with smoke and sickening smell of jet fuel. “Salty refused to leave my side even when another co-worker tried to take it's leash”, Mr. Rivera said.
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