How Can We Honor Them?

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How Can We Honor Them?


From time to time, we visit the Fallen Warriors Memorial here in Cypress, TX to walk there in the park and pay our respects. 


 We stopped by on September 11 this year because part of the Memorial includes a tribute to Service Dogs. One, in particular, is Bretagne who served as part of the search and rescue efforts in New York after 9/11. 


If you look closely at the statue you can see at the bottom what represents the steel beams from the towers. 


Prior to 9/11, Bretagne helped with rescue efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Besides being a fixture at the Cy-Fair Volunteer Firehouse, she gave support to elementary school children learning to read. 



In June 2016, her handler Denise Corliss of Cypress knew that Bretagne’s time of service had come to an end. She is believed to be the last 9/11 search dog. Watch as Bretagne and Denise are met by an honor guard of firefighters as they arrive at the vet’s office where Bretagne was euthanized.  (I will warn you, I sat down and cried)




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Comments (28)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, I am glad they are remembered this way as they should be...True Heroes!

Sep 15, 2022 06:38 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I don't think we have any memorials for service dogs around Denver, will need to check that out.

Sep 15, 2022 06:45 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy service dogs are silent heroes who normally do not get much recognition.

Sep 15, 2022 09:40 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Oh Kathy, you made me cry too! Those service dogs are incredible and certainly deserve a memorial to honor them.

Sep 15, 2022 10:44 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So glad to see the service dogs honored as well. I know my son when he was in Iraq said they relied heavily on their dogs to warn them. Amazing what these dogs can do, and how they can also be so gentle they can help school kids relax and learn.

Sep 15, 2022 12:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

What a great way to honor service dogs.....very, very moving.  I don't know of anything like this in the Phoenix area.

Sep 15, 2022 01:11 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I am glad you posted this.  There is another 911 memorial in Peekskill NY with names of first responder and statues of the service dogs.

Sep 15, 2022 01:36 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, thank you so much for sharing this. I never heard of a memorial for service dogs, they are heroes and should be remembered. What an emotional post.

Sep 15, 2022 02:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Brian England They ARE our family and we grieve for them like we would our human family. 

Nina Hollander, Broker I had a feeling that you would. I can't even watch the PSA they have for dog shelters. 

Sep 15, 2022 03:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Leanne Smith they provide a valuable service and I'm happy to see them treated so well. 

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I am so thankful that they wanted to remember Bretagne. 

Sep 15, 2022 03:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley you are very welcome. Hellow to Chef Dolores. 

faye schubert I love all dogs and you're right...they have a strong sense of smell and can sense our feelings. 

Sep 15, 2022 03:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin they all deserve tributes!  We stop by this Memorial often.

Bill Salvatore - East Valley they really are heroes. 

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  I haven't looked but I wonder what other areas have Memorials like these. 

Sep 15, 2022 03:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox take a might!!!

George Souto you're right. They suffer and are injured as well. 

Sep 15, 2022 03:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Carol Williams I cry just seeing an injured animal or one that is a stray. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 This Memorial is so special. Maybe you have one near you.  I'll bet that your son has many stories he has shared with you. 

Sep 15, 2022 03:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  We discovered this Memorial while we were relearning our way around this area of Houston.  

Grant Schneider I'm glad that your area has one. And I have to thank the ladies who were instrumental in  raising funds for this. 

Sep 15, 2022 04:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Beth Atalay they truly are heroes. This one is part of a larger Memorial and is well -visited. 

Sep 15, 2022 04:17 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Maybe the best way that we can honor them is by learning the lesson they teach us - unconditional love

Sep 15, 2022 04:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like the way those statues pay tribute to the lives of canine heroes, Kathy.

Sep 15, 2022 08:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I was reading your post and all of a sudden there was a dust storm in our home.... my eyes kept watering up so I could not watch the video , will have to come back when the dust clears... told Diane not to leave the windows open but she did not listen to me...Endre

Sep 15, 2022 10:57 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy... when those ads for the humane societies pop up on tv, I switch channels... just can't hear looking at those abused animals. My husband does the same.

Sep 16, 2022 04:25 AM