Last Known Living 9/11 Search & Rescue Dog Honored With Dream Day

Written by: Laura Hartle

September 9, 2015

***Update June 6, 2016***

It is with heavy hearts that we report that Bretagne passed away this evening. Bretagne lived a life of love, hope, and bravery for 16 years. Her dedication and loyalty changed the lives of so many. She will never be forgotten.

Our thoughts are with her mom, Denise Corliss, and with all who loved this wonderful pup.

Run free, sweet Bretagne.

***Original Story***

Meet Bretagne: the last known living search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero.


As members of Texas Task Force 1, Bretagne and her mom/handler Denise Corliss had an intense first deployment. They joined nearly 100 other search and rescue dogs to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. They’ve had an unshakable bond ever since.


After hearing Bretagne’s story and learning that her 16th birthday was coming up, there was no question in our minds that she deserved a Dog’s Best Day for the ages.

birthday portrait

To celebrate her birthday and thank her for her incredible service, we were honored to team up with the dog-lovers at 1 Hotels to bring this New York City hero and her mom back to the city for the ultimate Dog’s Best Day.

A big thanks to our pals at 1 Hotel Central Park for helping us make this day possible and giving Bretagne luxe dog-friendly accommodations, Film Cars for making sure she rode around in style, Select A Sign for putting her name in lights and Roundabout Theatre Company for making sure she had the best seat in the house to see it, Bubba Rose Biscuit Company and District Dog for making sure she had a truly sweet Sweet 16 birthday cake, and Hudson River Park for bestowing the Bone of the Dog Park. We couldn’t have celebrated our guest of honor without you.

To Bretagne and all of the working dogs who give so selflessly to help humans around the world, thank you.

Help us find our next Dog’s Best Day honoree. Email [email protected] with your deserving pup’s story.

Featured Image via Texas Task Force 1

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Written by: Laura Hartle

September 9, 2015

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