One of the greatest tragedies of all time struck New York City, and America as a whole, 14 years ago.
After a plane hijacking caused the Twin Towers to fall Sept. 11, 2001, first responders from all over the country made their way to Ground Zero in an effort to get the city and country back on their feet once again. Policemen and firefighters risked their lives during search and rescue missions as well as clearing debris from the catastrophic devastation from what was once one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time. Though, these brave humans were not alone in their feat.
"When our task force arrived in Ground Zero, I just couldn't believe the magnitude of it," Denise Corliss of Texas Task Force 1, said. "And then I looked down at her and she seemed stoic and ready to work."
Here, Corliss refers to her canine colleague, Bretagne.
Responding to the World Trade Center was the first deployment for Corliss and Bretagne; and Corliss says despite the circumstances, there was one positive.
"I was just so lucky to have a canine partner to help me get through it."
Today, Bretagne is the last known living search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero. What's more, is the kind souls over at BarkPost caught wind of a certain canine turning 16.
BarkPost teamed up with 1 Hotel Central Park in hopes of giving Bretagne and Corliss the gift of a lifetime...or at least, a New York minute.
The two were flown out to the city where Corliss says she never got the chance to enjoy. Corliss and Bretagne's itinerary was filled with excitement, from being shown their homey suite, perfectly adorned with dog treats and toys, to watching a tribute video of the two showcased in one of the busiest places in the world, Times Square.
It looks like Bretagne got the much-deserved Sweet 16 for which anyone (dog or human) could dream.
Among all the excitement, Corliss, perhaps more moved than Bretagne by all the touching gifts (highlighted in the video below), is certain where the canine resides within her heart.
"A lot of dog handlers say you get that one dog. And I've had several canine parters, but Bretagne is that one dog for me."
Click below to witness Bretagne's adorable Sweet 16.
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