“Bear: Heart of a Hero” to be Featured on Animal Planet's “When Animals Talk”

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The book Â?Bear: Heart of a HeroÂ? will be featured on Animal Planet's Â?When Animals Talk,Â? hosted by Dr. Jane Goodall at 8 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, June 12.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June – Bear, America's most decorated dog and the subject of the highly acclaimed biography “Bear: Heart of a Hero” by Captain Scott Shields and Nancy West, will be featured on the upcoming Animal Planet, Jane Goodall special “When Animals Talk.” The two-hour documentary, hosted by Dr. Goodall DBE, UN Messenger of Peace, explores animal communication with humans and is scheduled to air on Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. (EST). “When Animals Talk” is being produced for Animal Planet by London based Tigress Productions. This is the network's third collaboration with the world-renowned scientist and conservationist. Animal Planet is available in over 86 million homes nationwide, and is the only television network dedicated exclusively to the relationship between humans and animals.

Bear, along with his dad, Captain Scott Shields, led the first search and rescue teams at Ground Zero. While tirelessly working the pile, the eleven-year-old golden retriever was credited with finding the most victims, including beloved FDNY Chief Peter Ganci. Bear's story is detailed in the book, "Bear: Heart of a Hero" by Captain Scott Shields and Nancy West. Jane Goodall has called the biography of the heroic canine “…one of the best human/animal relationship stories I know of. Bear's story– both in his valiant efforts at Ground Zero and through the work of The Bear Search and Rescue Foundation–is one of courage and deserves the attention of everyone.”

After the World Trade Center tragedy, Bear became a goodwill ambassador around the world. He was honored as a Hero to Humanity by the United Nations, and his photograph 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. The United States Army, the 108th United States Congress, and the Queen of England's Scots Guards have also honored Bear. The Scots Guards even wrote a song in his honor. On September 11, 2004, the FDNY-EMS Academy in Fort Totten, New York commemorated the now famous golden by etching his name into a brick that is part of a permanent monument 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.

Bear's legacy, The Bear Search and Rescue Foundation raises funds for equipment, training, and transportation for search and rescue teams across the country. The foundation's annual Service Dog Day Celebration is held on the decks of the USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York Harbor and is open to the public. Tigress Productions filmed portions of this past September's event to showcase on the Animal Planet.

For more information about the book Bear: Heart of a Hero (Hero Dog Publications, 180 pp, $15.95, ISBN 1-9743659-0-4), go to http://www.herodogpublications.com or call 914-525-6483

For more information about The Bear Search and Rescue Foundation go to http://www.bearsearchandrescue.org or call 732-713-6298.

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