22 9 / 2014

20 9 / 2014

I love the smells of tailgating season.

I love the smells of tailgating season.

19 9 / 2014

Look who’s a Handsome Dog!! Thanks HandsomeDogs.com!!
handsomedogs:

Willie is totally the King of my Heart!

Look who’s a Handsome Dog!! Thanks HandsomeDogs.com!!

handsomedogs:

Willie is totally the King of my Heart!

19 9 / 2014

Willie is King of Hearts (and apples). As long as there is peanut butter involved.

Willie is King of Hearts (and apples). As long as there is peanut butter involved.

18 9 / 2014

OK everybody. Do your homework and make good grades in school!! Then you can grow up to adopt lots and lots of doggies. From Willie’s Words of Wisdom.

OK everybody. Do your homework and make good grades in school!! Then you can grow up to adopt lots and lots of doggies. From Willie’s Words of Wisdom.

17 9 / 2014

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.