Bretagne is the last known living search and rescue dog that worked at Ground Zero after Sept. 11. It was her first deployment, with owner Denise Corliss and Texas Task Force 1, to search rubble at the World Trade Center for survivors.
Now, Bretagne is turning 16, and to commemorate her heroic work after 9/11 and celebrate her birthday, BarkPost gave her the best day ever. Starting with a return to NYC, where she was driven around in style.
“I was just so grateful to have a K9 partner to help me get through it,” Corliss recalls. “She represents the working dogs, and the disaster dogs in particular. They all are deserving of a day like today."
Bretagne and her mom were put up at the 1Hotel, where Bretagne dined on only the finest gourmet burgers...
She also got to play fetch in Tribeca, received a Times Square billboard and a cobblestone dedicated to her at the 9/11 memorial, plus a $1,000 donation to Texas Task Force 1. And that was all before a birthday party, of course, where she received more toys than any dog could dream of!
But mostly, she just liked the treats.
“When we deployed to some of the disasters, what I didn’t anticipate is the role they take on as a therapy dog,” Corliss says. “I’ve had several K9 partners, but Bretagne is that one dog for me.”
Watch the emotional video below:
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