Animal: Labrador Retriever Roselle

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Animal: Labrador Retriever Roselle Gender: F
born on 12 March 1998
Place San Rafael, California, 37n58, 122w32
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Michiels
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Salty and Roselle were two guide dogs who were with their owners in the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City. They each successfully guided their owners out of the burning towers before they collapsed, feats which were later recognised when they were awarded the Dickin Medal by the British charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. Roselle went on to be posthumously named American Hero Dog of the Year 2011 by the American Humane Society, and have a book written about her.

Guide dog Roselle was born in San Rafael, California at the Guide Dogs for the Blind. She was moved to Santa Barbara, California, to be raised by Kay and Ted Stern. After this she was returned to Guide Dogs for the Blind so that she could be trained as a guide dog. Roselle and her owner, Michael Hingson, first met on November 22, 1999. She was Hingson's fifth guide dog.

Roselle was asleep under her owner's desk on the 78th floor in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center when the attack commenced. She was awoken by the plane impacting some fifteen floors above them. Roselle calmly led Hingson to stairwell B, despite the smoke, confusion and noise surrounding her. She led her owner and 30 other people down 1,463 steps out of the tower. After descending over half the distance, they passed the firemen who were heading up, who Roselle stopped to greet. The descent took just over an hour. Just after they exited the tower, Tower 2 collapsed, sending debris flying. Hingson later said, "While everyone ran in panic, Roselle remained totally focused on her job, while debris fell around us, and even hit us, Roselle stayed calm." Once clear, Roselle led her owner to the safety of a subway station, where they helped a woman who had been blinded by falling debris. Once they arrived home, Roselle immediately began playing with her retired guide dog predecessor, Linnie, as if nothing important had happened.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 22 November 1999 (met owner Michael Hingson)
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  • Death by Disease 26 June 2011 at 8:52 PM (stomach ulcer)
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Source Notes

From News Reports and Wikipedia.


  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker
  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Animals