Since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the TSA has strengthened their airport security tactics. Part of their increased efforts is dog breeding, training and security use. The TSA names the police dogs after 9/11 victims. Alan Arora, adoptive dog owner, admires the TSA’s work and praises their care for the dogs.
On September 12, 2001, everyone wished that airport security was tighter and more thorough. If it were, perhaps the terrorists would not have wreaked the havoc and destruction they did. Perhaps they would not have killed thousands.
With that in mind, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pumped up their airport security immediately. As a part of their efforts, they began to incorporate the use of police dogs in airport security. Since 9/11, the TSA has bread and trained dogs to aid in keeping airports safe from harm.
Part of what the dogs do involves smelling and locating explosive materials. It also includes sniffing out materials that terrorists use to make bombs. The dogs are capable of smelling out various types of substances. With nearly 100% accuracy, the dogs can identify a myriad of illegal materials.
The TSA did have a dog-training program before 9/11, but it wasn’t nearly as large. The processes included in breeding the dogs began just a few months after 9/11. Today, the TSA has overseen the birth of more than 500 dogs.
Every puppy that the TSA breeds is given a name that commemorates a 9/11 victim. Captain Robert Edward Dolan was a victim of the attack on the Pentagon. As such, the 500th bred dog was named Dolan, in Capt. Dolan’s memory. This is just one instance of the commemorative puppy names.
TSA dog handler Michael Buz says the use of the names serves as a reminder. It’s a motivation, he notes, to continue the security work they do at TSA. He realizes that the increased man- and dog-power is what everyone wished was in place before 9/11. Naming the dogs after the 9/11 fallen is a way to remember how important their work is.
When the puppies are born, they’re put into the care of foster owners for a year. After a year’s time, trainers assess if the puppies are eligible for training. If not, the puppies are given to loving families. Adoptive dog parent Alan Arora is happy to see the dogs are taken care of, whether in service or not.
Alan Arora is the proud owner and adopted parent of a Siberian husky named Frazier. In addition to his dedication to his dog, Alan Arora holds much experience in the business world. Over the years, he’s held positions in real estate and in technological fields.