Bretagne, a sagely old Golden Retriever who was one of the first responders tasked with searching for survivors in the rubble after 9/11, received a hero’ s welcome when she arrived in New York to celebrate her 16th birthday.
“ Responding to the World Trade Center was our first deployment. We were there to try to find survivors, ” said Bretagne’ s handler Denise Corliss. “ When our taskforce arrived in ground zero, I just couldn’ t believe the magnitude of it. Then I looked down to her and she seemed stoked and ready to work. ”
Bretagne, who retired in 2008, had tons of doggie surprises in store for her on her birthday, including a gourmet burger, the keys to the Hudson River dog park, and an awesome birthday party with plenty of adoring fans! “ She is a 16-year-old now, but when you are around water with her, she acts like a young puppy, ” said Corliss. 1 Hotel Central Park, which hosted the party, also donated $1, 000 to Texas Task Force 1, which trains K-9 first responder dogs like Bretagne.