STATE TROOPERS GIVE INJURED DOG A SECOND CHANCE - “If it wasn’t for two animal-loving Michigan State troopers, Joy may not have been given a second chance.”
Michigan State Troopers Casey Allison and Joel Kuhn discovered a dog in obvious pain near Interstate 96 in Michigan. The dog, a Pit Bull named Joy, appeared to have been injured in a car accident and suffered a fractured pelvis, torn ACL, and related injuries. The troopers loaded Joy into a truck and sought help for her. An organization called 4 Paws 1 Heart is now raising funds for Joy’s medical treatment. Read more from clickondetroit.com:

“The dog was trying to walk but kept falling down, had road rash on all for paws and she was in a lot of pain,” said Gina Deluca, vice president of 4 Paws 1 Heart. “The officers compassionately helped get the injured dog in their patrol truck and immediately they started networking to find help for her.”
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The troopers called the Animal Urgent and Critical Care Center in Harper Woods, which offered to take the pit bull in. After that, 4 Paws 1 Heart offered to help with the cost of caring for her injuries until an owner could be located.
“We decided to call her ‘Joy,’” said Deluca. “When she arrived to the hospital she was in shock, the staff at the hospital stabilized her but she wasn’t getting better.”
Joy stopped eating, drinking, and couldn’t keep anything down.
After an exploratory surgery vet technicians found that due to the trauma from the impact of the car, the her intestines were not moving properly. On top of that, Joy had torn ACL’s in both knees, a broken pelvis (three fractures), and a small fracture in the fibula.
“The cost of the surgeries would wipe our funds out because we are a small organization that relies on donations,” Deluca said.

Joy has a long recovery ahead of her. Hopefully she recovers fully and finds a great home. Click here for the full story and here to make donations to 4 Paws 1 Heart. (Photo from their Facebook page)

STATE TROOPERS GIVE INJURED DOG A SECOND CHANCE - If it wasn’t for two animal-loving Michigan State troopers, Joy may not have been given a second chance.”

Michigan State Troopers Casey Allison and Joel Kuhn discovered a dog in obvious pain near Interstate 96 in Michigan. The dog, a Pit Bull named Joy, appeared to have been injured in a car accident and suffered a fractured pelvis, torn ACL, and related injuries. The troopers loaded Joy into a truck and sought help for her. An organization called 4 Paws 1 Heart is now raising funds for Joy’s medical treatment. Read more from clickondetroit.com:

“The dog was trying to walk but kept falling down, had road rash on all for paws and she was in a lot of pain,” said Gina Deluca, vice president of 4 Paws 1 Heart. “The officers compassionately helped get the injured dog in their patrol truck and immediately they started networking to find help for her.”

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The troopers called the Animal Urgent and Critical Care Center in Harper Woods, which offered to take the pit bull in. After that, 4 Paws 1 Heart offered to help with the cost of caring for her injuries until an owner could be located.

“We decided to call her ‘Joy,’” said Deluca. “When she arrived to the hospital she was in shock, the staff at the hospital stabilized her but she wasn’t getting better.”

Joy stopped eating, drinking, and couldn’t keep anything down.

After an exploratory surgery vet technicians found that due to the trauma from the impact of the car, the her intestines were not moving properly. On top of that, Joy had torn ACL’s in both knees, a broken pelvis (three fractures), and a small fracture in the fibula.

“The cost of the surgeries would wipe our funds out because we are a small organization that relies on donations,” Deluca said.

Joy has a long recovery ahead of her. Hopefully she recovers fully and finds a great home. Click here for the full story and here to make donations to 4 Paws 1 Heart. (Photo from their Facebook page)

GALLERY SPECIALIZES IN DOG PAINTINGS - The William Secord Gallery specializes in fine nineteenth century dog and animal paintings. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side it is the only gallery of its kind in North America.”

If you love dogs and art, this is the place for you. The William Secord Gallery in New York specializes in collecting dog and animal paintings, mostly from the nineteenth century. William Secord is one of the world’s foremost experts on nineteenth century dog paintings. The gallery also features contemporary paintings, bronze works, and other interesting items. Here’s more about the Gallery:

The founding director of The Dog Museum of America, William Secord is the world authority on nineteenth century dog painting and is the first author to explore the representation of the dog from its origins to the remarkable paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries up to modern times. He is the author of the best-selling Dog Painting, 1840-1940, a Social History of The Dog in Art, as well as three other books on nineteenth century dog paintings “Dog Painting, The European Breeds”; “A Breed Apart, The Art Collections of The American Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club Museum of The Dog”; and “Dog Painting, A History of The Dog in Art”.

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While initially known for its antique dog paintings, the gallery has branched out to the contemporary market. “Up until recently,” William Secord states, “it was almost impossible to find an artist who was capable of capturing on canvas the true nature of our pets.” This is no longer the case, for the gallery now represents the work of three living artists who are modern masters of the genre: Pamela Hall, Christine Merrill, Sheela Marie Padgett and Liza Tivey. Examples of these artists’ work are always available at the gallery and commissions may be arranged. 

Whether it is an antique dog painting, an antique walking stick, 19th century French bronze, or a portrait of your favorite pet, there is always something of interest at our gallery. For a dog lover it’s a must! 

Dogs are also welcome to visit the gallery! Click here for more about the William Secord Gallery. (Photos from their Facebook page)

SURGERY FOR PUPPY WHO WAS CHEMICALLY BRANDED IS SUCCESSFUL - "LHS staff is fostering her and providing her the love, attention, and training she so deserves. Felicity had her plastic surgery and spay procedure and is recovering very well!"

Last month, a Pit Bull puppy named Felicity was discovered tied to a fence in Kentucky. Someone had used chemicals to brand a swear word into her body. The Lexington Humane Society rescued Felicity and successfully performed surgery to remove the brand. A reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Felicity’s abuser. Let’s hope Felicity recovers from her experience and finds a great home. Click here for more information from the Lexington Humane Society. (Photos from their Facebook page)

Budweiser recently released this commercial about the need to prevent drinking and driving, especially if you have a beautiful dog waiting for you at home. 

SHELTER DOG FROM IRAN FINDS A HOME IN THE U.S. 

A dog named Pedram recently arrived in Los Angeles from the Vafa Animal Shelter in Iran. The Vafa Animal Shelter is the first animal shelter in Iran with over 400 homeless dogs being cared for by volunteers. They have been able to find homes for the dogs not only in Iran but also overseas, as is the case with Pedram (click here for a previous story about a dog who was adopted in Texas). Thanks to a worldwide effort by dedicated volunteers, it seems that Pedram is about to start a great new life with his new family. Click here for more photos of Pedram at the Vafa Animal Shelter Facebook page.

TEEN INSPIRES NATIONWIDE CHARITY MOVEMENT - “The charity, which is in the final stages of officially becoming a 501(c)(3), has spawned 26 chapters across the country. In 2013 alone, it assisted kids in adopting more than 70 animal shelters…”
Actor Sean Martin, now 14, decided to collect donations for a local shelter after his dog, Moose, passed away in 2011. Martin was then inspired to expand his charitable efforts and he has since formed an organization called “Kids Adopt a Shelter.” The goal of the organization is to help children across the country “adopt” a dog shelter and gather donations for the shelter. Read more from Newsday:

So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big Halloween bash his parents were hosting later that month. He planned to donate it all to a local animal shelter.
“There were well over 100 people coming, so I thought if they each bring one or two things it would be a lot of stuff,” Sean, now 14, said.
But when most guests showed up to the party empty-handed, Sean said he had to take his cause to a broader audience.
“I was very mad, so I set out, going around town and putting posters up about a drive,” he said.
Within weeks, he had collected more than $1,000 worth of donations, which he dropped off that December at The Little Shelter in Huntington. In return, the shelter presented him with a plaque bearing Moose’s name.
“I’d never done much charity work before and that was the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Sean recalled.
On the way home from the drop-off, Sean said he turned to his mother, Melanie Posner, and asked, “Why can’t all kids adopt a shelter?” That night — with help from his mom — he launched the Kids Adopt a Shelter Facebook page.  When he awoke the next morning, he had more than 1,000 fans. Today that number has swelled to just over 13,000.

Thanks to Sean’s efforts, kids across the U.S. are stepping up to help shelter dogs. Click here for the full story and here to learn more about Kids Adopt a Shelter. (Photo from their Facebook page)

TEEN INSPIRES NATIONWIDE CHARITY MOVEMENT - The charity, which is in the final stages of officially becoming a 501(c)(3), has spawned 26 chapters across the country. In 2013 alone, it assisted kids in adopting more than 70 animal shelters…”

Actor Sean Martin, now 14, decided to collect donations for a local shelter after his dog, Moose, passed away in 2011. Martin was then inspired to expand his charitable efforts and he has since formed an organization called “Kids Adopt a Shelter.” The goal of the organization is to help children across the country “adopt” a dog shelter and gather donations for the shelter. Read more from Newsday:

So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big Halloween bash his parents were hosting later that month. He planned to donate it all to a local animal shelter.

“There were well over 100 people coming, so I thought if they each bring one or two things it would be a lot of stuff,” Sean, now 14, said.

But when most guests showed up to the party empty-handed, Sean said he had to take his cause to a broader audience.

“I was very mad, so I set out, going around town and putting posters up about a drive,” he said.

Within weeks, he had collected more than $1,000 worth of donations, which he dropped off that December at The Little Shelter in Huntington. In return, the shelter presented him with a plaque bearing Moose’s name.

“I’d never done much charity work before and that was the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Sean recalled.

On the way home from the drop-off, Sean said he turned to his mother, Melanie Posner, and asked, “Why can’t all kids adopt a shelter?” That night — with help from his mom — he launched the Kids Adopt a Shelter Facebook page.  When he awoke the next morning, he had more than 1,000 fans. Today that number has swelled to just over 13,000.

Thanks to Sean’s efforts, kids across the U.S. are stepping up to help shelter dogs. Click here for the full story and here to learn more about Kids Adopt a Shelter. (Photo from their Facebook page)

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MAN PROTECTS SHELTER DOGS FROM VIOLENT MOB - Petro Dibrova was forced to become a human shield when a mob of angry men appeared with the intention of killing the animals and taking the compound for themselves.”

A security guard named Petro Dibrova recently encountered an angry mob in front of a dog shelter in the Ukraine. The mob wanted to kill the dogs and destroy the compound. Apparently, they felt that resources at the shelter should be used for humans. Dibrova did his best to stop the mob but he was stabbed and punched. Police were called and one of the attackers was arrested. Read more from The Great Animal Rescue Chase & Harmony Fund:

“The men started beating the dogs on their paws and Petro immediately threw himself at them,” Tamara continued. “The men were punching Petro and stabbing him with a screwdriver. They knocked out one of Peter’s teeth and stabbed him in the cheek and leg. The shouts and the barking of the dogs alerted the women employees at the shelter who came forward instantly. Then the men started screaming more and threatened to burn down the shelter with all the dogs in it. Our female employees managed to call the police who arrived pretty quickly and arrested one of the attackers.”

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“Had Petro not been there, the animals would be dead today and we fear for what may have happened to our female workers,” Tamara continues. “This one man single-handedly protected more than a thousand lives.”

Petro is expected to fully recover and to return to the shelter later this month. At his own home, Petro cares for several dogs he has adopted from the shelter, and now he is compelled to defend them all. He has vowed never to leave the dogs.

Mr. Dibrova’s heroic actions saved the lives of many dogs. The dog shelter in the Ukraine is in dire need of assistance, especially since it is in a war zone. Please share and click here to donate to the Harmony Fund. Click here for more about this story. (Photos from the Harmony Fund Facebook page) 

DOGS WHO COMFORTED EACH OTHER AT HIGH-KILL SHELTER ARE SAVED TOGETHER 

Last month, two dogs named Ares and Zeus entered the Orange County Animal Services in Florida separately. Despite having never met, they quickly bonded and comforted each other in their kennel. They were scheduled to be euthanized but were rescued by the Chewning family who saw a posting about them online. Ares and Zeus are now in their foster home and are waiting to be adopted.  The Chewnings are deciding whether to adopt them or look for another home. A fundraising page has been set up to help take care of some medical issues. Thanks to caring volunteers, Ares and Zeus will be together for many years to come. Click here to visit their Facebook page. 

PUPPY BREAKS OUT OF CAGE TO ALERT FAMILY OF FIRE - “Araya, a 10-month-old husky, woke dad Mark Johnston by pawing at him and barking as he slept — before bounding up the stairs of the Breightmet house to alert the rest of the family.”
A 10-month-old Husky named Araya broke out of her cage after a fire broke out in a house in England, likely due to arson. She woke up Mark Johnson before running upstairs to warn the rest of the family. Thanks to her efforts, two adults, three children, and another dog were saved.  Araya had joined the family just one week prior. Read more from The Bolton News:

The husky forced her way out of her cage under the stairs — as smoke crept under the front door.
Mr Johnston, who had been sleeping downstairs as he was due to leave early for work on Sunday morning, said: “Without Araya, we would probably be dead.
“I was sound asleep and the door between me and the front door was shut so I was not going to wake up.
“She came in and was pawing at me and barking.
“Everyone was asleep upstairs so you dread to think what might have happened.“
After alerting 30-year-old Mr Johnston, Araya went upstairs to wake mum Emma, aged 31, and the three children, Marshall, aged four, Taylor, aged seven, and McKenzie aged eight.
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“The smoke was coming through the door and she has somehow got out of the cage. She must have bent it a lot to force it open.
“Dogs can sense danger, and that must have been what has happened.”

Araya is a hero! Click here for the full story.

PUPPY BREAKS OUT OF CAGE TO ALERT FAMILY OF FIRE - Araya, a 10-month-old husky, woke dad Mark Johnston by pawing at him and barking as he slept — before bounding up the stairs of the Breightmet house to alert the rest of the family.”

A 10-month-old Husky named Araya broke out of her cage after a fire broke out in a house in England, likely due to arson. She woke up Mark Johnson before running upstairs to warn the rest of the family. Thanks to her efforts, two adults, three children, and another dog were saved.  Araya had joined the family just one week prior. Read more from The Bolton News:

The husky forced her way out of her cage under the stairs — as smoke crept under the front door.

Mr Johnston, who had been sleeping downstairs as he was due to leave early for work on Sunday morning, said: “Without Araya, we would probably be dead.

“I was sound asleep and the door between me and the front door was shut so I was not going to wake up.

“She came in and was pawing at me and barking.

“Everyone was asleep upstairs so you dread to think what might have happened.“

After alerting 30-year-old Mr Johnston, Araya went upstairs to wake mum Emma, aged 31, and the three children, Marshall, aged four, Taylor, aged seven, and McKenzie aged eight.

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“The smoke was coming through the door and she has somehow got out of the cage. She must have bent it a lot to force it open.

“Dogs can sense danger, and that must have been what has happened.”

Araya is a hero! Click here for the full story.

DOG REFUSES TO LEAVE SICK OWNER’S SIDE AT HOSPITAL - "He hangs around the automatic doors and when someone goes in or out, in he runs and goes straight to his owner’s bed."
For the past week, a dog named Nao Nao has been staying by the bedside of his owner who was admitted to the First Clinical Hospital of Jilin University in China. The owner collapsed due to a heart attack, and Nao Nao rode with her in the ambulance. He has been with her at the hospital ever since. Read more from the Croatian Times:

A loyal pup has set up home in a hospital’s A&E unit in northern China after his owner collapsed from a heart attack.Loyal pal, Nao Nao, has been living in the emergency department of the First Clinical Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun ever since his owner was brought in a week ago.Hospital administrator Wang Ts’ai said: “He came with his owner in the ambulance all the way here and we can’t get rid of him.”He added: “He hangs around the automatic doors and when someone goes in or out, in he runs and goes straight to his owner’s bed."We don’t want to put him in the pound because we think he is good for his owner so we put up with him."Medics say Nao Nao’s owner, Fen Hsueh 43, is recovering from the heart attack that put her in hospital but will have to remain there for at least another week.Wang Ts’ai explained: “Some of the staff have started feeding him so now we’ll probably never get rid of him as long as his owner is here."But he’s a very loyal little dog and is certainly helping his owner."

Hopefully this loyal dog can go home with his owner soon. Click here for the full story. 

DOG REFUSES TO LEAVE SICK OWNER’S SIDE AT HOSPITAL - "He hangs around the automatic doors and when someone goes in or out, in he runs and goes straight to his owner’s bed."

For the past week, a dog named Nao Nao has been staying by the bedside of his owner who was admitted to the First Clinical Hospital of Jilin University in China. The owner collapsed due to a heart attack, and Nao Nao rode with her in the ambulance. He has been with her at the hospital ever since. Read more from the Croatian Times:

A loyal pup has set up home in a hospital’s A&E unit in northern China after his owner collapsed from a heart attack.

Loyal pal, Nao Nao, has been living in the emergency department of the First Clinical Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun ever since his owner was brought in a week ago.

Hospital administrator Wang Ts’ai said: “He came with his owner in the ambulance all the way here and we can’t get rid of him.”

He added: “He hangs around the automatic doors and when someone goes in or out, in he runs and goes straight to his owner’s bed.

"We don’t want to put him in the pound because we think he is good for his owner so we put up with him."

Medics say Nao Nao’s owner, Fen Hsueh 43, is recovering from the heart attack that put her in hospital but will have to remain there for at least another week.

Wang Ts’ai explained: “Some of the staff have started feeding him so now we’ll probably never get rid of him as long as his owner is here.

"But he’s a very loyal little dog and is certainly helping his owner."

Hopefully this loyal dog can go home with his owner soon. Click here for the full story. 

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GRADUATION CEREMONY HELD FOR PRISON DOG-TRAINING PROGRAM - We save the lives of at-risk shelter dogs by training prison inmates to care for, and socialize them to enhance their adoptability.”

This past Monday, a graduation ceremony was held at the Philadelphia Prison System for participants in the “New Leash on Life USA" training program. New Leash on Life USA is an organization that helps shelter dogs by pairing them up with inmates for training. The program lasts for 12 weeks. Here’s more from CBS Philly:

“These dogs have had very terrible past lives, and we want them to be in the right homes,” said Marchese.

One of them, Gouda, even has the personality and traits to become a service dog, for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

One of the trainers, Juan Bennett, who was matched up with Bleu, was dressed in street clothes, rather than an orange prison jumpsuit. He was released three weeks early, but asked to stay for three weeks to finish the program with his team. It wasn’t allowed, but he was applauded for the thought.

Another former inmate, Dwayne Marks, was Alumnus Guest Speaker.

“I’m a veterinary nurse, now,” Marks said.

He was part of a 2012 graduating class with rescue dogs from the city shelter, named after Phillies players; he had Shane.

Part of this year’s graduating class, inmate-trainer Kenneth Robinson, who spent time with Cheddar, thanked New Leash On Life for the opportunity to learn how to train and care for dogs.

“That’s exactly what this program is about. It’s about second chances,” Robinson said.

Thanks to New Leash on Life and its participants, many dogs now have great new homes. Click here for the full story and here to learn more about New Leash on Life USA. (Photos from their Facebook page via Kristina Hall Photography)

STUDENT CREATES “RESCUE ROPES” TO BENEFIT SHELTER - "When I learned that many animals were being put to sleep in shelters everyday, I knew I would spend the rest of my life fighting for those innocent, and deserving animals."

Emma Hewson, 17, from North Carolina has started Rescue Ropes to benefit a shelter named Catering to Cats and Dogs and other organizations. Hewson recycles t-shirts and twists them into chew ropes for dogs. Proceeds are donated to the shelter. Read more from the Rescue Ropes website:

I was often turned down by many of my local shelters and rescues when I wanted to help. They would say I was too young to work with the dogs, but that I could do a donation drive if I wanted to help. I did a few drives in my school, but that was not enough for me. 
​I recently came across a rescue group called Catering to Cats and Dogs. Since signing up to volunteer with them, I have organized, and run fundraising and adoption events, handled dogs at events, and have had the opportunity to watch families fall in love with a dog to ultimately take him/her home. I and other volunteers have come up with Rescue Ropes as a way to raise the funds we need to keep saving dogs from horrible situations. To us this is a passion to keep these animals safe, and live the life they all deserve to live no matter the breed or age. I want to thank you in advance for your support by purchasing a Rescue Rope. These dogs may not be able to say thank you, but they sure can show it. <3

Thanks to Emma’s efforts, many dogs will have a second chance at life. Best of luck to Rescue Ropes! Click here to order a Rescue Rope and to learn more about Hewson’s efforts. Also, click here for more about Catering to Cats and Dogs. (Photos from the Rescue Ropes Facebook page; additional info from the Charlotte Observer)

SHELTER RECEIVES OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT AFTER TRAGIC FIRE - "With the help of the fire service and police we were able to save approx 150 dogs. Sadly we have lost approx 50 to the fire."

After a large fire at the Manchester Dogs’ Home in the UK killed almost 50 dogs Thursday night, thousands of people have stepped up to support the shelter. Immediately after the fire, local residents arrived on the scene to help rescue the dogs and provide blankets and water. In addition, over 1 million pounds in donations have been received from all over the world. Thanks to the efforts of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and volunteers, approximately 150 dogs were saved from the fire. The Manchester & Cheshire Dogs’ Home has stated:

The local community has rallied around us and a drop off point for donations has been designated at Christchurch on water st. harpurhey - food and blankets are our main need at the moment 


We owe a great thanks to Animal Wardens, Dogs Trust Manchester, Pennine Pen and Numerous RSPCA inspectors for their assistance in transport to other kennels for the dogs that survived, there are too many individuals to thank by name

Avenue St vets attended to provide vet care in conjunction with our vet team to any injured dogs
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Our staff and volunteers that had to enter the premises to rescue the live dogs will never be able to put this horrific event behind them. The dogs that were lost tonight were not just strays in a kennel, they were the dogs that they cared for and helped to rehabilitate and had hopes of seeing them into their new homes. 

Click here to donate to the Manchester Dogs’ Home and here for more information from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. (Images from the GMFRS)

RETIRED SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG FROM GROUND ZERO STILL HELPS OTHERS - "She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."

A 15-year-old Golden Retriever named Bretagne is believed to be the last remaining search and rescue dog who worked directly at Ground Zero after 9/11.  Bretagne was adopted as a puppy by Denise Corliss, trained to become a search and rescue dog, and was later accepted into Texas Task Force 1. Their first job was to search for survivors at Ground Zero. Bretagne retired from rescue work in 2008, but she still works with children to help them read and acts as an ambassador for search and rescue dogs. Bretagne is now a finalist for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards. Read more from Today:

She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (One other surviving search dog from 9/11, a 15-year-old English springer spaniel named Morgan, worked at Staten Island.)

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Bretagne persevered through nearly two weeks of 12-hour shifts at Ground Zero. On her very first search, she had to balance precariously on a wet metal beam — and she slipped. But she recovered quickly, pulling herself back up onto the beam with her front paws and continuing to sniff intently as if nothing had happened.

Even though she had just turned 2 — an age when many canines relish romping, chewing and making mischief — Bretagne kept offering herself up to grim-faced first responders. On one occasion, Bretagne left Corliss’ side with urgency and hurried toward a sullen firefighter sitting on the ground. Concerned, Corliss implored Bretagne to come back, sit and stay — to no avail.

“I was surprised that she wasn’t listening to me, but she really wasn’t — it was like she was flipping me the paw,” Corliss said. “She went right to that firefighter and laid down next to him and put her head on his lap.”

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In the years that followed 9/11, Bretagne and Corliss deployed together to numerous disaster sites, including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ivan. Bretagne retired from formal search work at age 9 — but today, even though she’s roughly 93 in human years, she still loves to work. When school’s in session, she dons a service vest and prances purposefully through a local elementary school, where she helps first-graders and children with special needs learn how to read out loud.

Bretagne is a beautiful and gentle dog. Best of luck to Bretagne as she enjoys the later years of her amazing life. Click here for the full story and here to vote for Bretagne at the American Humane Association website. (Photos via today.com)