Last Known Living 9/11 Search-and-Rescue Dog Honored in New York City

Bretagne the golden retriever also celebrated her 16th birthday in the city.

— -- The last known living 9/11 search-and-rescue dog was recently honored with a weekend full of surprises in New York City, where she also celebrated her 16th birthday.

"Towards the end of our mission, it changed from a search mission to a recovery mission. I was just so grateful to have a canine partner that helped me get through it."

Corrliss and Bretagne arrived in New York City last Friday, and they spent the entire weekend being honored and thanked with surprises and gifts from various companies and organizations in the city.

They were treated to a special suite at 1 Hotel Central Park, where Bretagne got a luxury doggie bed, dozens of toys and even room service dining.

They got to ride in a vintage yellow cab, and when they were taken to Times Square, a huge billboard with Bretagne's photo lit up.

"NYC welcomes you and your mom," it read. "Thank you for both your services."

Along the way, dozens of New Yorkers stopped to pet Bretagne and thank her for her service.

At the end, she was treated to an "epic" Sweet 16 party, where she received hundreds of gifts and even got her own dog-friendly birthday cake.

Though Bretagne is now retired, she continues to volunteer at school programs that help children learn to read.

"When we deployed to some of the disasters, what I didn’t anticipate is the role that they take on as a therapy dog," Corliss said. "It provides an opportunity for people to have support from a dog and comfort from a dog."

She added, "I’ve had several canine partners, but Bretagne is that one dog for me."

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