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Moose the Pyrenees: Heroic Save from Houseboat Fire!

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One Virginia family sure is thankful for their big weekend guest, Moose, a Great Pyrenees. This huge pupper woke them up during a night when a fire wrecked their houseboat.

Funny thing, Moose wasn’t even planned to be there. But his loud barks made sure his short-term family got off that burning boat super quick.

“We lost everything in that fire, but because of Moose, we walked away unharmed,” said Sheila Janes to Daily Paws.

During a hot summer weekend, Janes and her buddy Chris Cushna wanted a fun and budget-friendly outing for their three kiddos. They heard about this cool thing at Portsmouth Humane Society called the Paws Around Portsmouth program. You get to take care of a dog for a day. (Pretty neat, right?)

So, they picked Moose, a real big and gentle doggo. He even tagged along to their music store—Olde Towne Arts and Music. Moose got to meet people at a U.S. Coast Guard event. Everyone loved him! Sheila said he was the “star of the show.”

The kiddos loved Moose so much, they wished he could stay more than just a few hours. So, they packed in more fun! They went to a band concert, a farmer’s market, and even a flea market. That’s where a lady decided she’d like to take Moose home.

“The paperwork was to be finalized the next day, so we had one last night with Moose before he went to his new home,” Janes says. “We spoiled him that day with an ice cream pup cup, a visit to the park, and a chicken sandwich.”

That night, the family and Moose slept on their houseboat. But suddenly, in the dark, Moose woke up Chris and his daughter Anya. They thought maybe he needed a walk. Nope! They went out and saw a nearby boat on fire. Quick as a flash, they woke everyone up. They just made it out before the fire reached their boat.

Bangs and pops happened as the fire took over their home.

“If Moose hadn’t gotten Anya and Chris up, we would not be here, as we were all sound asleep and the fire spread very quickly,” Janes shared.

Everyone called Moose a hero! The next day, he went to live with the lady from the flea market. But, it didn’t quite fit. She had to send him back to the shelter. Lucky for Moose, lots of people heard about his brave move. One of them was Ciara Hill.

She had a big farm, even with a pool, and Janes says it was just right for Moose.

“He has been living his best life, relaxing in the sun or on their couch inside,” Janes adds. “We are so grateful to everyone and especially grateful for Moose.” 

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