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Not All Heroes Are People - Daisy The Dog Hoax

Outline
This message tells the story of Daisy, a guide dog who lead her blind owner and almost 1000 others out of the doomed WTC towers after the 9/11 terrorist attack.



Brief Analysis
The story is a work of fiction. The event described never took place. Although dogs did play a role in rescuing people from the World Trade Center, the claim that one dog - named Daisy or otherwise - single-handedly saved 967 people is utter nonsense.

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Last updated: 19th December 2011
First published: 2nd November 2006
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example(Submitted, October 2006)
Subject: FW: FW: NOT ALL HEROES ARE PEOPLE

What an amazing story.

NOT ALL HEROES ARE PEOPLE

Daisy Dog

James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy. After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love. She darted away into the darkened hallway. Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy came back along with James' Boss, who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112.

On her first run of the building, she lead James, James' boss, and about 300 more people out of the doomed building. But she wasn't through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James' wishes she ran back in the building.

On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapsed. James heard about this and fell to his knees into tears. Against all known odds, Daisy made it out alive, but this time she was carried by a firefighter. "She led us right to the people before she got injured" the fireman explained.

Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives. The Next week, Mayor Guilaini rewarded Daisy with the Canine Medal of Honor of New York. Daisy was the first civilian Canine to win such an honor.

Daisy Dog

I hope you enjoyed this story.? I thought it was terrific.



Detailed Analysis
This story of an intrepid canine hero who saved almost a thousand people from the WTC on 9/11 is truly inspiring. What a shame it is purely a work of fiction!

Versions of the tale have circulated since 2001. Earlier variants did not include pictures of "Daisy" and claimed to be "copied from NEW YORK TIMES 9-19-01". However, no such article appeared in the New York Times on that date or any other. Nor was information about Daisy's deeds published in any other reputable news source.

If the story were true, Daisy and her owner would have received a great deal of media attention. It is virtually unthinkable that the story of a dog that saved 967 lives would have gone unnoticed and unpublished except in the form of an email forward. There were several dogs that really did help to rescue people from the World Trade Center. Even though their deeds were not as spectacular as Daisy's, these events were well publicized. In fact, the author of the Daisy tale may have been inspired by genuine reports about the guide dog "Roselle" and her owner Michael Hingson. On 9/11, Roselle successfully guided Michael from the 78th floor of the North Tower and on to safety. However, Roselle did not return to the building. Roselle was subsequently awarded the Dicken Medal from Britain for her deed.

"Salty" another guide dog, was also awarded the medal for guiding his owner from the WTC. New York Police dog, "Appollo" was another to receive the medal on behalf of Ground Zero Search and Rescue dogs. Although these animal heroes helped to save lives on 9/11, none of them repeatedly returned alone to the building to lead hundreds of people to safety.

Moreover, the author possibly should have done a little more fact checking before distributing his or her tale. The message claims that Daisy rescued someone from "floor 112". A formidable task in a building with only 110 stories.

Thus, even if it was originally inspired by real events, Daisy's story is total fiction and it should not be forwarded. The tragedy of 9/11 produced many heroes, both human and animal. There is no need to distribute falsehoods when the truth is so apt to inspire.

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References
Michael Hingson - A survivor of the World Trade Center tragedy tells his story
Twin Towers guide dogs honoured
PDSA Dickin Medal Presentation

Last updated: 19th December 2011
First published: 2nd November 2006
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer