September 11, 2017

Bretagne: Remembering Bretagne, the Last Surviving 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog

Bretagne.  The pushy Golden Retriever puppy who eventually became the oldest surviving 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog.

On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks today, I thought about Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") this morning.  With her Mom and handler Denise Corliss, then 2-year old Bretagne searched for survivors in the 9/11 rubble, working 12-hour shifts.  During this time, Bretagne also served as a defacto Therapy Dog, offering comfort and solace to human First Responders.

Bretagne and Mom/handler Denise Corliss at 9/11
Photo credit:  Denise Corliss

Bretagne had just graduated from search and rescue training; 9/11 was her first deployment.  She continued to work as a Search and Rescue Dog for 7 more years until retiring at the age of 9.  But her public service didn't stop there.  Bretagne continued to be active in the community, including volunteering as a Reading Assistance Dog at local elementary schools.  Good Dog!

And Bretagne shared one trait with my Faithful Canine Companion, Husky-Malamute mix Sid:  Food is the favorite thing for both dogs!  Read about Bretagne's love of food and goofy treat antics here.

Food-obsessed Bretagne at age 16 1/2
Hey, it's always time for a treat, right?
Photo credit:  Denise Corliss

Bretagne peacefully passed away shortly before her 17th birthday.   Read a heartwarming tribute to Bretagne here.  She was the oldest surviving 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog.

Like all good dogs, Bretagne will always remain in our hearts.  Always with us in spirit, and never forgotten.

Mary Rae Fouts

1 comment:

  1. Her 16th birthday party in New York City was really cool. It was featured on TV but I forget which show. Dateline?


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