We bow our heads and remember those who perished in the attacks on America on 09/11/01.
While the chaos, anxiety, panic, and unknown happened on that tragic day in American history, many dogs stepped up in various roles.
The oldest living 9/11 search and rescue dog, a Golden Retriever named Bretagne, passed away in 2016 at the age of 16.
We give thanks and honor her memory. Bretagne and her owner/handler, Denise Corliss, spent many weeks rummaging through the wreckage to look for survivors and the remains of those who died.
Throughout their search efforts, the duo provided much-needed emotional support to fellow rescuers.
On the 14th anniversary of the tragedy, Bretagne returned to the Ground Zero area so that she and her handler could pay their respects to those who died.
When the dog ultimately passed away, dozens of service members came together to salute her and her heroic deeds.
Her owner/handler told BarkPost, “We were there to try to find survivors. And when our task force arrived in Ground Zero, I just couldn’t believe the magnitude of it. Then I looked down to her, and she seemed stoic and ready to work.”
For a complete montage of Bretagne, watch this touching video tribute below in her honor.
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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet
Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.
While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.
These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.
When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.
This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.
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3) Skye Terrier
Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.
This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.
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This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.
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