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13th Anniversary of 9/11 Honors Importance of Search-and-Rescue Dogs

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As we mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11, one special hero is being honored for her contributions to the rescue efforts. She is a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”), and she is believed to be the last surviving search dog that worked at Ground Zero after the September 11th terror attacks. The World Trade Center Disaster Site was Bretagne’s first deployment. In the weeks following the attack, she worked 15-hour days in a very chaotic environment in the tireless search for survivors in the rubble.

Rescue Dog

Since 9/11, Bretagne has made many more contributions to the search-and-rescue community. While she is now retired from active search-and-rescue missions, her work is not done. Currently, Bretagne visits elementary schools where she helps 1st-graders learn to read. The devoted and affectionate golden is being recognized for her heroism as one of eight finalists for the American Humane Association’s 2014 Hero Dog Awards, an annual national competition that celebrates the loyal relationship between dogs and people. Vote for your favorite dog hero!

Whether or not Bretagne receives the top spot, we would like to give a “bark out” to her and remember the more than 300 specially trained search-and-rescue dogs that have joined countless humans in their heroic mission to save lives.