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A special trip to New York on Bretagne’s 16th Birthday

Bretagne a 9/11 Hero Dog

Bretagne was one of the hero search and rescue dogs who searched for survivors at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York. It was the very first assignment for her and her owner and handler, Denise Corliss

“When our task force arrived at Ground Zero, I just couldn’t believe the magnitude of it. And then I looked down to Bretagne and she seemed stoic and ready to work,” said Denise Corliss.

Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”) and Denise were a magical team together and were also deployed in other search and rescue missions, such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ivan.

After Retirement

Although retired at age 9, she continued community service as a reading dog in a local elementary school. First grade students who were nervous reading out loud, were willing to try when sweet-natured Bretagne was with them. 

Special Trip to New York on her 16th Birthday

In 2015 Barkpost and New York City honoured Bretagne on her 16th Birthday, by treating her to a stay in a lovely hotel with lots of doggy treats!  They also organised a birthday party,  an illuminated billboard, and a pebble engraved with her name on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. Watch the video above to see how much Bretagne enjoyed her trip. 🙂

This was the first time the magical team had returned to New York together since 2001; and sadly it was also the last. Bretagne passed away shortly before her 17th birthday – the last surviving search and rescue dog from 9/11. 

On Sept 11, 2017, a bronze memorial statue of Bretagne, sculpted by Lena Toritch, was unveiled to the public in Cypress, Texas.

“I think it’s very symbolic for the statue not only to be unveiled on 9/11,
but to be unveiled in the Houston area.

It shows respect and gratitude for first responders
and it honors the resilience of people

who don’t want to stop living their lives,” said Toritch.

We thank Bretagne, Denise Corliss and all first responders everywhere for their courage, dedication and tireless service.

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