16 9 / 2014

My sweet fella.

My sweet fella.

15 9 / 2014

"In remembering her first deployment at the World Trade Center, there are images of her going to where she was directed to search, the unknown, the chaotic environment. But even then, she knew who needed the comfort of a dog, which firefighter needed to hold her close and stroke her fur."

Over her long career, Bretagne has made a significant contribution to the Search & Rescue community not only through her many deployments including 9/11 World Trade Center - 2001, Olympic Winter Games - 2001, and Hurricane Rita - 2005, but through her talents as an ambassador of Search and Rescue Dogs.

A teammate wrote this of Bretagne, “If you ask anybody whoever knew or trained with Bretagne, they would tell you ‘Oh she just loves me!’. That’s the kind of dog she is, affectionate to everybody, and fiercely devoted, never takes her eyes off her handler. She has always taken her job as a search dog seriously, but herself not so much. Always ready for a belly rub, or a treat. In remembering her first deployment at the World Trade Center, there are images of her going to where she was directed to search, the unknown, the chaotic environment. But even then, she knew who needed the comfort of a dog, which firefighter needed to hold her close and stroke her fur”.

Although Bretagne retired in 2008 from active Search & Rescue, her work is not done. She continues as an ambassador for Search & Rescue dogs as she visits elementary schools where she helps 1st graders learn to read. As she prances into the school, her tail wagging, her fur highlighted with silver, she is always finding joy in work, and not letting her age define her. Bretagne is a Hero Dog.

Vote for Bretagne to be this year’s Hero Dog! She definitely has earned and deserves the honor.

Thanks to NBC for all the promotion surrounding this honor. We appreciate you getting the word out about such wonderful dogs.

15 9 / 2014

14 9 / 2014

You know you love me.

You know you love me.

13 9 / 2014

13 9 / 2014

Willie’s got major SWAG.

Willie’s got major SWAG.

13 9 / 2014

Whenever you feel down, but say this to yourself in the mirror. I promise it help.

Whenever you feel down, but say this to yourself in the mirror. I promise it help.

12 9 / 2014

I love you anyway, but I would probably love you a little more if you shared that treat with me.

I love you anyway, but I would probably love you a little more if you shared that treat with me.

12 9 / 2014

I would like to introduce you to Bretagne. She is thought to be the oldest living search and rescue dog that worked in the World Trade Center bombing 13 years ago. When it became clear there were no survivors to rescue, her role shifted to that of therapy dog. She just did it. No questions. People working the site felt comforted having her there, and they told her their stories.  Her handler, and mom, told NBC news:

“When we were staged adjacent to the pile waiting, searchers and rescuers would come by to pet her, to thank her and to tell us their stories — why they were here,” Corliss tells Tom Brokaw. “And so [she took on] the unexpected role of a therapy dog.”

She’s nominated for a Hero Dog Award.

Even though I think ALL the dogs are worthy recipients, I hope you will follow the link and vote for Bretagne. Good girl, Bretagne. A grateful nation thanks you for your service.

11 9 / 2014

I love this shawl, because it matches my fur. Momma used some of her expensive Alpaca to make this for me. (Juniper Moon) She still has some left over and isn’t sure what to make with it.She made this shawl for me from a pattern she bought. To size it for me, momma cut the CO by half, and it fit me perfectly. The alpaca is a little soft so it doesn’t hold the tie very well. We need to figure out a better way to secure it. Miss Alex, do you have a suggestion?

I love this shawl, because it matches my fur. Momma used some of her expensive Alpaca to make this for me. (Juniper Moon) She still has some left over and isn’t sure what to make with it.

She made this shawl for me from a pattern she bought. To size it for me, momma cut the CO by half, and it fit me perfectly. The alpaca is a little soft so it doesn’t hold the tie very well. We need to figure out a better way to secure it. Miss Alex, do you have a suggestion?

11 9 / 2014

Wait until we see what we got to do here!
pattymacphotos:

"I’m ready for my close up, momma!" #bts for the @darngoodyarn doggy photo shoot. Can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on. #Goldensoninstagram#goldenretriever #knitting ,#igknitters #knittersofinstagram @maggiepozorski Willie lives what I made for him.! (at Virginia Beach Boardwalk)

Wait until we see what we got to do here!

pattymacphotos:

"I’m ready for my close up, momma!" #bts for the @darngoodyarn doggy photo shoot. Can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on. #Goldensoninstagram#goldenretriever #knitting ,#igknitters #knittersofinstagram @maggiepozorski Willie lives what I made for him.! (at Virginia Beach Boardwalk)

11 9 / 2014

Why I think dogs are superior to people.

Why I think dogs are superior to people.

11 9 / 2014

This is Lily. I haven’t met her yet. But momma says when the weather is cooler we get to have a playdate in Miss Lily’s backyard.
pattymacphotos:

Beautiful and lanky Super Model Lily wore my extra special #intarsia #cowl at Sunday’s photo shoot. I LOVE A #greatdane #knitting #igknitters #knit #handmade (at Norfolk, VA)

This is Lily. I haven’t met her yet. But momma says when the weather is cooler we get to have a playdate in Miss Lily’s backyard.

pattymacphotos:

Beautiful and lanky Super Model Lily wore my extra special #intarsia #cowl at Sunday’s photo shoot. I LOVE A #greatdane #knitting #igknitters #knit #handmade (at Norfolk, VA)

10 9 / 2014

Something VERY interesting must be happening over there!!

Momma takes a lot of her photos at a park that is closeby. It’s pretty and it is pretty safe for dogs and children. In the very back, there is an actual dog park, so people walk their dogs through this part quite a bit. I don’t go to the dog park anymore. Doggies always want to get on my back and play too rough. Then I wind up getting hurt again. I play best with other dog that are senior like me, or doggies that are shy and gentle. Otherwise, I get hurt, and we don’t like for me to hurt.

Something VERY interesting must be happening over there!!

Momma takes a lot of her photos at a park that is closeby. It’s pretty and it is pretty safe for dogs and children. In the very back, there is an actual dog park, so people walk their dogs through this part quite a bit. I don’t go to the dog park anymore. Doggies always want to get on my back and play too rough. Then I wind up getting hurt again. I play best with other dog that are senior like me, or doggies that are shy and gentle. Otherwise, I get hurt, and we don’t like for me to hurt.

09 9 / 2014

So far away from me in that great big yard! I still can’t believe I cut all grass and kept the flower beds. My garden was never very good there, but my garden thus year was amazing.

So far away from me in that great big yard! I still can’t believe I cut all grass and kept the flower beds. My garden was never very good there, but my garden thus year was amazing.