After years of incredible service, Bretagne, the last surviving canine who aided in the terrorist attacks that shook the country in 9/11, passed away on June 7th. The 16-year-old Golden Retriever was euthanized in a Texas veterinary clinic after battling with kidney failure. Denise Corliss, her devoted owner, noticed that Bretagne was refusing to eat and was severely suffering from her kidney failure, which eventually led to the harsh decision of euthanizing her.
Bretagne was amongst the first 300 dogs to respond to the Twin Towers attacks, where she worked for long hours as an attempt to rescue victims. Not only did she take part aiding in one of the most well-known and saddening attacks on American soil, but Bretagne also lent her one-of-a-kind skills in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Katrina.
As Bretagne’s owners were aware of her failing condition, they decided to write down a bucket list for their beloved furry friend to complete before she was put down. Bretagne was able to enjoy many of her favorite activities and treats before being euthanized, including a visit to the local Robert Road Elementary School in Cypress, TX, where she regularly visited children.
Firefighters paid their tribute to Bretagne and all of the wonderful service she did throughout her lifetime by standing outside the Fairfield Animal Hospital. However, her legacy will continue on in the hearts and memories of all those who had the privilege of meeting her.