Animals Honored for 9/11 Rescue Efforts

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NEW YORK -- With so many first responders sacrificing their lives to save others on 9/11, you might have forgotten there were other heroes that day. Nearly 100 canines were sent to Ground Zero to search for survivors in the rubble that was once the World Trade Center.

Only one of those dogs is still alive. Her name is Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) and she and her handler Denise Corliss were honored in New York City to celebrate Bretagne’s 16th birthday.

The celebration included VIP treatment at a luxury hotel overlooking Central Park.

Bretagne seemed to enjoy living the suite life on her Sweet 16. She was even given special recognition in Times Square. And what would a birthday party be without presents and cake, right?

Her handler says Bretagne continues to help people to this day, "What I didn't anticipate is the role they take on as a therapy dog. It provides an opportunity for people to have support from the dog and comfort from the dog."

And dogs weren't the only animals that helped the country cope with the tragedy of 9/11. In an iconic Super Bowl ad that aired just months after the World Trade tragedy, the Budweiser Clydesdales paid tribute to the first responders and more than 2,000 souls who lost their lives on 9/11. The ad, which only aired once, is one most of us have never forgotten.

Between the Clydesdales and dogs like Bretagne, it turns out some of our heroes walk on all fours.