Last living Ground Zero rescue dog celebrates 16th birthday, receives fitting celebration

Bretagne, Texas Task Force 1 photo

NEW YORK – New Yorkers gave the last known living Ground Zero rescue dog the 16th birthday she deserved.

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Bretagne and her handler, Denise Corliss, were members of Texas Task Force 1, one of FEMA’s search and rescue teams. The two were deployed to New York City after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the website BarkPost. Bretagne helped find people stuck after the World Trade Center collapsed.

The staff at BarkPost heard this hero dog was turning 16 in late August and decided to make the birthday a memorable one. They brought Bretagne and Corliss to New York City “for the ultimate Dog’s Best Day.”

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During her celebration, Bretagne received tons of edible treats and toys. She gobbled a gourmet burger, rode in a vintage taxi, saw her face in Times Square, played in a water park and received the bone to the city, the dog equivalent to receiving the key to the city. The key was made at Tiffany & Co. The BarkPost staff then gave both heroes – human and K9 – a room full gifts. Watch the video below to see what the amazing duo received. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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