Bretagne, the last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero 14 years ago, just turned sweet 16. This beautiful and hardworking dog recently celebrated in style in New York City.
As the world looks back on the tragic events of 9/11 14 years ago today, there is some joyful news, as a hardworking 9/11 search and rescue dog who was deployed at Ground Zero celebrates her birthday.
Bretagne and her mom and handler, Denise Corliss, were deployed with almost 100 other search and rescue dogs in an urgent attempt to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. Since then, Denise and Bretagne have been together as an inseparable team.
— Newsy (@NewsyVideos) September 11, 2015
BarkPost, in conjunction with 1 Hotel Central Park, set out to give the 9/11 search and rescue dog a day to remember in New York City to celebrate both her 16th birthday and the amazing role she and Denise played during the 9/11 disaster 14 years ago.
As reported by the Inquisitr around this time last year, Bretagne was shown to not only be a 9/11 search and rescue dog, but also uses her talents to help special kids learn to read at a local elementary school. Proudly wearing her service vest, she teaches the children to learn to read out loud and has been a special pal and canine therapist to many people over the years.
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) September 11, 2015
For all her good work, starting as a 9/11 search and rescue dog and continuing as a proud service canine and best friend to Corliss, Bretagne just got the treat of a lifetime. Flown into New York City and housed in a luxury suite at 1 Hotel Central Park, Bretagne couldn’t have been more thrilled with her room, treats, gourmet burgers, and all the trimmings.
She rode around NYC in real style in first a black stretch limo and then a classic NYC taxi cab, saw her name up in lights, splashed in a fountain like a puppy, and generally had fun.
As reported by E! Online, it was treats all the way as Bretagne the 9/11 search and rescue dog was given a delicious Sweet 16 birthday cake, baked by Bubba Rose Biscuit Company and the final treat was the honor of being bestowed the doggie equivalent of the key to the city when the Hudson River Park gave her the “Bone of the Dog Park.”
While Bretagne had a wonderful day, the event also served to thank all the working dogs that have selflessly helped humans all over the world.
Enjoy the video below, as Bretagne, beautiful doggie hero and 9/11 search and rescue dog, has the birthday of a lifetime.
[Image: Bretagne and Denise Corliss – Screengrab from YouTube video]