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Bretagne, 9/11 Rescue Dog

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An American hero got the birthday party she so greatly deserved, thanks to the city of New York.

Bretagne, the last known surviving search and rescue dog who worked ground zero on Sept. 11 and during the aftermath, is turning 16 very soon. BarkPost and 1 Hotel Central Park knew she deserved a special celebration, so they flew Bretagne and her handler Denise Corless from Texas Task Force 1 to NYC to honor the duo.

Bretagne, 9/11 Rescue Dog

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The devastating attacks on 9/11 were their first mission together, and Corless says that she and Bretagne now have a bond that will never be broken.

For her special day in the city, Bretagne was greeted at the airport in style:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Then she checked into her doggy suite at 1 Hotel Central Park:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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And got room service:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Then it was off to Times Square to see a special billboard dedicate to Bretagne:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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She also got to frolic in the water (her favorite) at Hudson River Park:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Where she was presented with a special bone:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Finally, she was taken to her birthday party at the hotel:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Where she received tons of presents:

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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And a cake!

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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1 Hotel Central Park also donated $1,000 to Texas Task Force 1 so they could continue to train search and rescue dogs just like Bretagne.

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Bretagne and Denise worked many other disasters sites together since 9/11, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ivan. Bretagne retired from work when she was 9, but she now visits schools to help first-graders and special needs children learn how to read aloud.

Bretagne Bday GIFs

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Thank you to Bretagne and to all the rescue workers who came to aid the victims of the devastating attacks on 9/11. You are true American heroes.