A Tale of Two Shih Tzus

Beach and boat today. Mom let us take off our life jackets when we were anchored. See dad helping Oscar swim to shore?

benjislife12:

The best antidepressant there is.

perfectdogs please don’t be offended when I say this, but this reminds me of you and Aska and how much she has changed your life.

benjislife12:

The best antidepressant there is.

perfectdogs please don’t be offended when I say this, but this reminds me of you and Aska and how much she has changed your life.

dogjournal:

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.)

***

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.”

***

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)

I keep moms feet warm

I keep moms feet warm

Mom and Dad got this stupid thing that sits on the water and made us go with them. All that wind on our face was awful! We stopped for a while and did get to smell a lot of interesting things. See me in chest deep water smelling stuff? I was so brave. I also helped navigate while brother hid from the wind. - Emma

Mom note: I forgot their life jackets but will definitely be taking them next time. I kept holding them in my lap for fear we would hit a wave and they fly out! We weren’t going fast and the water was calm but I was still paranoid.

Napping on Mom’s lap. Napping with Dad. Busy Saturday!

thecutestofthecute:

Big dogs who think they are lap dogs

BBQ with friends today

Synchronized napping in the bean bags. We had such a hard day taking car rides.

Synchronized napping in the bean bags. We had such a hard day taking car rides.

Car ride today followed by various napping positions.