The tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001, brought forth many, many heroes — including several dogs who worked with search and rescue teams. Bretagne was one of those dogs, and is reportedly now the last known living search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero.
In honor of her service, the sweet Golden Retriever was thrown a 16th birthday celebration fit for a hero. Bretagne and her owner and handler, Denise Corliss, were members of Texas Task Force 1, and worked tirelessly alongside 100 other search and rescue dogs to locate people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center, according to BarkPost.
BarkPost and 1 Hotels teamed up to fly Bretagne and her family to New York City to celebrate her 16th birthday and her heroic work on 9/11.
Bretagne stayed at one of 1 Hotels’ luxury suites, chowed down on a gourmet burger, was chauffeured around in a vintage New York City taxi, received the doggy equivalent of the key to the city, indulged in a two-tiered birthday cake and received lots and lots of presents. In addition, 1 Hotel Central Park made a 1,000 donation to Texas Task Force 1 in Bretagne’s honor.
Happy Birthday, Bretagne!
EDITORS’ NOTE: Bretagne passed away June 2016.
By: Chrissa Hardy