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Last living rescue dog of 9/11 received Dog's Best Day
11:00 - 11 September 2015
Meet Bretagne, the wonderful Golden Retriever who saved many lives during the chaos of 9/11. The senior dog was honored with a Dog's Best Day this month.
11/09/2001 - Bretagne, the two-year-old Golden Retriever woke up to an emergency call. The Texas-based search and rescue dog and her owner put aside everything that morning to join the rescue teams at the ruins in New York. The circumstances went far beyond their expectations.
14 years ago, as members of Texas Task Force 1, Bretagne and her mom/handler Denise Corliss had an intense first deployment. They joined nearly 100 other search and rescue dogs to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. When they arrived at the site, Denise couldn't believe her eyes, it was such a shocking sight... But she gained strength and courage from Bretagne's bright eyes - the young dog was ready to start working.
They worked day and night to find people - and sadly too often - dead bodies stuck under the ruins. They saved many lives along with their collegues. Bretagne's calm and lovely nature and her endurance helped survivors and other members of rescue teams get over the horrible experiences they had to go through those days. She brought a smile on every face and their hearts filled with love again, which meant the world for all of them.
Since 9/11 Bretagne and her owner worked during other major rescues and natural disasters (eg. the Rita Hurricane in 2005). They've become extremely close, their bond is something neither time, nor any event could tear apart. From 2008 Bretagne is in pension but she has visited numerous schools and social institutions as a "search and rescue diplomat". They received a warm welcome everywhere they went and Bretagne's presence has had a fantastic effect on the children and adults she met.
After hearing Bretagne’s bittersweet story and learning that her 16th birthday was coming up, there was no question in the BarkBox staff mind that she deserved a Dog’s Best Day for the ages. They organised the greatest celebration of her life. Bretagne still lives in Texas with her mum. After the flight a limuzine picked them up at the airport. They got a suite with a splendid view of the Big Apple in the luxury dog friendly hotel. Bretagne enjoyed her holiday surrounded by delicious treats and countless toys. She even received a tasty birthday cake, made especially for dogs.
Denise and her husband were amazed when they noticed the huge LED walls on a nearby building. Their photos and Bretagne's name in bright lights stood there for everyone to see: this day New York celebrates a real hero. Then the visited the Hudson River Park, where Bretagne turned into a playful puppy again: she fetched tennis balls and she chased the water coloumns in the doggy fountain. The local community handed them the "Bone of the Park", which is the canine equal of the city's key. Back in the hotel a whole room filled with toys awaited them. Bretagne sniffed the large pile enthusiastically and she quickly made her choice. She fetched a bag of treats to her mom with the lovely "Please, open it for me" look in her eyes.
The organizers and participants of the happy doggy day wanted to express their gratitude and honor for all the dogs and their owners who worked on finding the survivors of the 9/11.
Index image source: barkpost.com
Translated: Maurer Lilla
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