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See Last Surviving 9/11 Search Dog Have Best Birthday Ever!

Posted September 11, 2015 in A Pet's Life

They say “Every dog has its day,” and for Bretagne, the last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog, her special day was really something amazing. This Golden Retriever, a member of Texas Task Force 1, searched through the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11, reports Laura Hartle of BarkPost. In recognition of her service, BarkPost and 1 Hotels teamed up to give Bretagne the best ‘Sweet 16’ birthday ever!

A special day for a special dog
With her name in lights, Bretagne and her guardian, Denise Corliss, were stylishly led around the city for her special day. She was even given the very prestigious ‘Bone of the Dog Park’ at the Hudson River Park, and the royal treatment didn’t stop there! Bretagne attended her amazing birthday party in a lavish room filled with treats and gifts.

Bretagne and Denise received their very own cobblestone to be added to the plaza of the 9/11 memorial. The moment is enough to bring you to tears.

Amazing service dogs
The work that service and therapy dogs are doing is truly inspiring. In June of this year, Figo, another service dog stood between his blind guardian and a bus. Read more amazingly heroic stories here >>

National Disaster Preparedness Month
These are the  dogs we rely on when disasters strike. Read about the Nepal Earthquake, or the Washington Mudslide and you’ll understand the dangers these dogs face regularly.

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and now is a good time to start thinking about preparing your pets for an emergency situation.

Learn more about being prepared with these links:

Disaster Preparedness for Pets >>

How to Make a Pet Disaster Kit >>

Microchipping 101: Why is it Important to Microchip My Pet? >>

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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