The last known surviving search and rescue dog that responded to the 9/11 tragedy is 16 years old, and celebrated a very special dog birthday!
Bretagne, a golden retriever, is a part of Texas Task Force 1 – a FEMA urban search and rescue group. Her first assignment was to help at Ground Zero when she was only two years old.
Here she is at Ground Zero:
And here she is now:
Barkbox honored the dog and her handler Denise Corliss for their service through a program the company offers to treat worthy dogs to a special day. People can nominate dogs online, and once chosen the dog spends a day tailored to their personal preferences. You can learn more about this program here. For this special dog, the company brought Denise and Bretagne back to New York for a weekend of pampering, treats, and playing in the dog park.
This video of the celebration is heartwarming and highlights the important role of search and rescue dogs:
Thank you for your service Bretagne!