Despite the fact that dogs make the finest buddies, everyone has a particular dislike for one feature of them.
These four-legged angels will treat you with respect no matter who you are and will give you their undivided attention, devotion, and love; yet, we must all come to terms with the terrible truth that these ideal companions will only be with us for a very short while.
These creatures’ incredibleness may have originated from the fact that they would likely grow opinionated or cynical if they lived longer.
The most we can do in any situation is to love them with all of our hearts and make sure they are respected and cared for while they are with us.
We eventually have to say our last goodbyes, and Denise Corliss was aware that this would be painful.
After 16 years, she recognized that her dearest friend needed to part ways as she gazed into the eyes of her stunning golden retriever, Bretagne.
But something about Bretagne makes this goodbye a celebration that every American should take part in.
An era comes to an end with the death of Bretagne.
We are grateful to KPRC2’s Jennifer Bauer for shooting this heartfelt tribute.
In 1999, Denise Corliss bought Bretagne. After some rigorous training, the dog and handler entered the proud ranks of Texas Task Force 1, a search and rescue team prepared to sift through debris, since the dog had tremendous potential in search and rescue.
Corliss and Bretagne had practiced endlessly, but nothing seemed to be happening.
Although they had prepared for storm season, happily nothing bad had happened.
All of that changed on a sunny September day. After 9/11, she would undertake her first rescue operation.
As the twin buildings in New York City came crashing down, Texas Task Force 1 leapt into action. When Corliss first witnessed the horrifying amount of the carnage, she was absolutely overcome.
Bretagne, on the other hand, was aware of her duties and position.
The two went on a frenzied search for any survivors buried beneath the wreckage once she roused her human.
300 more search and rescue dogs are thought to have been present in the days and weeks that followed 9/11. Just one more survivor was all that everyone was hoping to find.
But that day, the dogs not only saved lives; they also rescued souls.
Firefighters, first responders, and rescue personnel reportedly smiled for the first time in such stressful circumstances just by being among these dogs.
We should be grateful just for the fact that they assisted in the treatment of PTSD brought on by the incidents and images of those assaults.
After 9/11, Bretagne helped with the search and rescue operations for a number of subsequent catastrophes, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan. She finally left the action, but not before she had helped innumerable people and made countless friends. She retired comfortably and resided at home with her mother, Corliss. Even though she was growing rather elderly for a dog her size, she never lost her smile and continued to love “hunting” the home for objects.
However, Bretagne stopped eating just a few months before turning 17 and seemed to be deteriorating swiftly. Corliss decided it was time to say goodbye to her best friend when her kidneys started to fail.
Bretagne was a hero during one of the saddest periods for our nation, but she was most valuable to her human as a companion. Dogs only enter our lives for a little period of time, but the effect they have on our souls and emotions shows how genuinely heavenly they are.
One final visit to the veterinarian was chosen by Corliss for her dearest companion.
But when they got there, they saw something that was really emotional.
Firefighters gathered to thank Bretagne for her efforts. Like any military funeral, these group of men and women saluted Bretagne during one of the most heartfelt farewells you will ever witness.
Although Corliss made every effort to hold back her tears, it was natural that she did. She had been with Bretagne since she was a puppy, and the two of them had gone on a lot of adventures. So it must have been strange to say goodbye to such a longtime and close friend and family member.
Denise Corliss, we’re sorry for your loss. You were there to assist those in need, along with your dog. We can only hope that you find peace despite the loss of Bretagne because this truly marks the end of an era.
While we are heartbroken by her passing, we are also incredibly thankful that she was able to live such a long and full life in a place where she felt loved.
I appreciate what you two have done for our nation.
Help us commemorate Bretagne by watching her final walk.
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