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A very Great Pyrenees: Jeter dies in fire

jeterA day after Jeter died in a fire, condolences and offers of help were pouring in to the Piqua, Ohio family whose lives the Great Pyrenees helped save.

Glenda Moss said she was awakened by Jeter as she slept in a recliner about 6 a.m. At first she tried to brush the 120-pound dog off, but then she smelled smoke. 

Moss ran down the hall, woke up her son, David, 19, and fled with him and Jeter. Then, for unknown reasons Jeter went back inside the house, where he died in the fire.

Since then, the Dayton Daily News reports, Moss has received offers of a new dog, including one from the owner of Petland of Piqua.

“It’s really hard to hear when people lose their pet,” Jacque Lavy, store sales manager, said. “We wanted to do this. We are not here to replace him, but offer another companion.”

Connie Cawthon of Texas e-mailed after reading about Jeter to let the Moss family know that her husband’s boss has a dog — part Pyrenees — who needs a good home. She offered to drive up with the dog and meet her halfway.

Others, most asking to remain anonymous, offered donations, a pet memorial and a pastel pet portrait of Jeter.

Firefighters said the fire at the Moss home started in the garage and spread to the house, causing $90,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation.

Jennie Leininger of Cincinnati, Moss’ daughter, said her mother appreciated the offers.

“She said her broken heart was very warmed by all of the response, by people reaching out.”


Comment from Katie
Time March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

i am sooo sorry fort these people!! i know how it feels to lose a dog! and Great Pyrenees are hard to come by. i had a great pyrenees/lab that got hit by a car 5 days after her puppies were born.