After the terrorist attacks that caused the collapse of the Twin Towers took place, hundreds of dogs were dispatched to assist in a large search and rescue operation. Among them was one that was treated to a “Dog’s Best Day,” before she passed away a year later. She’ll be remembered forever.
Bretagne was 1 year old when she was deployed with her owner and handler, Denise Corliss, to work at Ground Zero with other members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department’s K9 Search & Rescue Team from Texas. Bretagne was among the hundreds of dogs that were sent to assist in the rescue operation, and she was the last surviving dog. The pair spent two weeks searching through the rubble for survivors.
The canine was later deployed to help with rescuing people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
She officially retired in 2010, but she still helped the community by visiting elementary schools. Her role was to help students with special needs learn to read.
In 2014, on the anniversary of 9/11 when Bretagne was 15 years old, she paid tribute to the victims of the attack, at Ground Zero, in Lower Manhattan.
Her hard efforts didn’t go unnoticed. When BarkPost learned of her upcoming 16th birthday, they gave her a “Dog’s Best Day” to thank her for her service. Bretagne was treated to a luxury dog-friendly accommodation at 1 Hotel Central Park.
In June 2016, her health began to deteriorate, and she passed away on June 6.
After her death, Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department wrote on their Facebook page to pay tribute to Bretagne: “Some may say that the most a dog could be is a pet, however, to the over 400 members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Bretagne was a civil servant, a hero and is family.”
“We will remember her fondly, and continue serving the community with her as inspiration,” the post added.