Last 9-11 Search and Rescue Dog Passes Away
The last surviving 9/11 ground zero rescue search dog , named Bretagne, has passed away. Bretagne started her career at the age of two, starting with 9/11. She search for 12 hours a day for two weeks straight searching for survivors. SHe was ready to work everyday tirelessly searching with her handler Denise Corliss. Her heroic acts didn’t end there. She was a part of the search and rescue for hurricane Katrina, Rita, Ivan, and many others. She retired at the age of 9.
Bertagne is a national hero for all she resued when they thought there ws no hope. Although she retired Bertagne found way to keps herself active. She srated slowing down at age 13 but continued her mission as a a reading assistance dog at an elementary school near the Corliss’ home.
Eventually she stopped climbing the stairs at her home so Corliss had a pool installed. Bertagne swam in the pool for 10 minutes a day until it was time to let go. She has been suffering with stiffness, joint pain, and kidney failure. When Bertagne knew it was time to go she just wanted to be with Corliss. The following statement Corliss told TODAY shows how much they loved and cared for each other. “She was really anxious last night and she just wanted to be with me. So I laid down with her, right next to her. When she could feel me, she could settle down and go to sleep. I slept with her like that all night.”
On June 6 Bertagne made her final walk into the veterinarians office where she was euthanized . She didn’t make the walk alone. 16-year-old Bretagne, with the American Flag draped over her, was guided by owner Denise Corliss past saluting firefighters from the Cy-Fair Fire Department in Harris County, Texas, who lined the sidewalk up to the Fairfield Animal Hospital. She spent her final moments with the ones who loved her dearly.
The following video shows her final walk of life. She will be missed by all. She certainly was a true American hero. Rest in peace Bertagne.