Man’s best friend, confidant and rescuer.

On Sept. 11, 2001, amidst the darkness, emerged many human heroes. But there were also non-human heroes who stepped up that day and in the days and weeks to come. Bretagne being one of them.

The gold retriever from Texas is the last known living Sept. 11 search and rescue dog. She was just 2 years old at the time of the attack on the World Trade Center, and was one of 100 search and rescue dogs deployed to Ground Zero.

“We were there to try to find survivors,” Bretagne‘s owner and handler Denise Corliss recalled to BarkPost. “And when our task force arrived in Ground Zero, I just couldn’t believe the magnitude of it. Then I looked down to her, and she seemed stoic and ready to work.”

Fourteen years later, BarkPost teamed up with 1 Hotels to give the beloved dog a day of celebration in New York City for her 16th birthday. The day was known as “Dog’s Best Day,” an on-going series from BarkPost that celebrates deserving dogs.

BarkPost says they are a company dedicated to making dogs happy. And it sure seems for Bretagne they did just that.