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The last remaining 9/11 rescue dog just celebrated her 16th birthday in style

Bretagne the golden retriever was a key figure of the search through the rubble in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre collapse.

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IN THE HARROWING scenes that followed the collapse of the World Trade Centre’s twin towers on 11 September, 2001, the bravery of the emergency services stood out as a beacon of hope.

Crucial to the search efforts was the use of 100 trained search and rescue dogs who sifted through the rubble with their handlers in an attempt to locate survivors.

Of the dogs used in the rescue effort, only one survives to this day, and Bretagne the golden retriever just received an epic tribute birthday bash.

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Organised by doggy website Bark Post, Bretagne got to travel in style from her home in Texas back to New York where she was put up in her own suite at the 1 Hotel on Central Park.

There she was showered in gifts, given the ‘bone to the city’ (the canine equivalent of the key to the city) from diamond specialists Tiffany’s, saw her image displayed in Times Square, and was generally treated like a queen.

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Now 16, Bretagne struggles to traverse stairs as any dog her age might do, but when in water “she behaves like a pup” according to her owner, trainer, and 9/11 partner Denise Corliss, who was visibly emotionally overwhelmed by the day.

A truly well earned day of pampering, happy birthday Bretagne.

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