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Fifteen years ago, the United States underwent a terrible terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001. After two planes slammed into New York City’s twin towers, many were killed – young and old.

For Cody the dog, that terrifying day is still a vivid memory.

“She’s got her secrets from that day and we don’t know what,” Pam Pagano, the 17-year-old dog’s owner, told The Daily Record. “We just know her life changed that day like it did for many others.”

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According to The Daily Record, the Husky/German shepherd/Labrador mix was found by rescuers roaming the streets of New York City following the chaotic events of that day.

Cody was taken to a kill shelter in Brooklyn and was later moved by the animal rescue group, St. Hubert’s, to a welfare center in Madison, New Jersey.

There she was adopted by Pagano and her family of Morris Township, New Jersey,

“We thought we could finally do it,” she said. “And then after 9/11 we were hearing about all of these dogs in shelters, and we felt we needed to do something.” 

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When the Paganos arrived at St. Hubert’s, Cody was around 2-years-old. She stole their hearts as soon as they met her.

“We found the perfect dog,” Pagano said. “We wanted a puppy but we just fell in love with her.”

Cody helped the family get through the challenging days that followed 9/11.

“It was a good distraction for the kids after 9/11. They knew what was going on,” Pagano in regards to her sons Peter and Tommy. “We could see the towers from our neighborhood. You could see that smoke for days. We lost a neighbor. Cody was able to become the central focus of the family in those days.”

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Now at 17 years old, she continues to uplift the Paganos, even if she can’t lift herself.

“She can’t climb stairs anymore, but her attitude is amazing,” Pagano said. “But every now and then she drags us down to the park for a mile-and-a-half walk.”

Cody spends most of her days sitting on the front lawn, possibly smiling at all that she’s been through and those who helped her.

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