Biography of America's Most Honored Dog Heralded by One of the World’s Most Admired Women

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Bear: Heart of a Hero - The Story of America's Most Decorated Dog

World-renowned scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, United Nations Messenger of Peace, has called "Bear: Heart of a Hero - The Story of America's Most Decorated Dog" (Hero Dog Publications) by Captain Scott Shields and Nancy West "one of the best human/animal relationship stories I know of." Bear, along with his dad, Captain Shields, led the first rescue teams at Ground Zero. While tirelessly working the pile, Bear was credited with finding many victims including beloved FDNY Chief Peter Ganci. This biography details Bear's life from an idyllic puppy hood spent along the beaches of Long Island Sound to the center of some of the darkest days in America's history.

Bear was honored as a Hero to Humanity by the United Nations, and his photograph was displayed there for the World Peace Celebration in 2003. Three states have declared Captain Shields and Bear Days, including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Bear has been honored by the United States Army, the 108th United States Congress, and the Queen of England's Scots Guards. On September 11, 2004, the FDNY-EMS Academy in Fort Totten, New York honored the now famous golden by etching his name into a brick that is part of a permanent memorial to the fallen heroes of 9/11. Bear was wounded at Ground Zero and died one year later of multiple forms of cancer. He was buried as a fireman and his memorial service attended by thousands on the USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York Harbor.

Captain Scott Shields, an emergency management and marine safety specialist, currently serves as president of The Bear Search and Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for equipment, training, and transportation for search and rescue teams across the country. Co-writer Nancy West is the author of "Chips: The War Dog" (Hero Dog Publications 2004), a children’s novel based on the true-life adventures of the well-known World War II K-9 hero.

Hero Dog Publications specializes in publishing books that celebrate the human/canine bond. Hero Dog Publications actively supports the fund raising efforts of animal, environmental, and child-related causes.

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