16-year-old Bretagne euthanized, was last surviving 9/11 dog

Thank you, Bretagne!

Bretagne was a?great dog in many ways. Deployed to search and rescue missions on 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and other emergency situations, but 16 years of age finally slowed her down. The golden retriever was put to sleep today. She's also believe to be the last living 9/11 search and rescue dog. [caption id="attachment_2477" align="aligncenter" width="780"]Denise Corliss and her lovely rescue dog Bretagne. Denise Corliss and her lovely rescue dog Bretagne.[/caption]

CNN:?When it was time to say goodbye, she was given a hero's farewell.

Firefighters and rescue workers lined the sidewalk as her body, draped in an American flag, was carried out. Tears streaked down some faces.
Bretagne, believed to be the last surviving 9/11 Ground Zero search dog, was euthanized Monday.
The golden retriever was 16. Old age had slowed her down, and it was time to put her to sleep.

What a sad day for Bretagne, a dog who did so much to help humans rescue and save people. Denise Corliss must be heartbroken today. People should send her cards and notes to encourage her to keep her head up. She owned a wonderful dog and you can't help but think Bretagne was happy to be hers.

I just don't understand why we put dogs to sleep. Was Bretagne struggling to walk or did she have other problems? Was the dog in pain or suffering? I always loathed the thought that we control an animals life. We randomly put these living animals to sleep when WE think it's right. Or is it when we think it's convenient. Or maybe people put their dog to sleep when the dog doesn't work right anymore, when it's defecating all over the house. I know it's a part of being a dog owner, but I dread it. I don't own a dog and I can't imagine the feeling of putting one down when it's still alive.

What a sad day for a great dog.

Thanks to Denise and her awesome dog?for their service.

PS- Bretagne is pronounced as "Brittany."


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