Bretagne is one of the last known surviving search dogs who worked at Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the decade that followed, Bretagne also did search work at some of the worst disaster sites in the United States, including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ivan.
Bretagne celebrated her 15th birthday in 2014 and officially retired from formal search and rescue work. However, she’s still very eager to help others. During the school year in her home town of Cypress, Texas, she helps first-graders and special-needs students learn how to read out loud. “She still has this attitude of putting her paw up and saying, ‘Put me in, coach!’” Denise Corliss, 49, Bretagne’s owner. “She absolutely loves it.”