Brave Brittany’s Last Act Of Courage

Brittany, a nine-year-old bulldog, who was dying of cancer hung on long enough for one last heroic act. On Saturday, May 23rd she saved her...

Horst Hoefinger  |  May 27th 2009


Brittany, a nine-year-old bulldog, who was dying of cancer hung on long enough for one last heroic act.

On Saturday, May 23rd she saved her owner from a fire when the smoke detectors didn’t go off.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Brittany the bull dog lived long enough to alert her owner to a fire in their Grand Rapids house.

But Tuesday, three days after the fire, dog owner Scott Seymore put his pet to sleep.

Nine-year-old Brittany had cancer and he says she was suffering. He had to put her out of her misery.

“It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” says Seymore.

Seymore says he almost made the difficult decision sooner but a vet developed a pain relief plan to prolong her life. That’s why Brittany was alive when the fire started early Saturday in the house Seymore rented on Seventh Avenue in Grand Rapids.

“She started barking and she wouldn’t stop,” he says. “That was unusual. She doesn’t bark. The basement was full of smoke. I grabbed my dog and a couple of things and got out quick.”

Within a few minutes, flames were shooting through roof above Seymore’s bedroom.

“The smoke detectors didn’t go off. What if she wasn’t there?” wonders Seymore. “This might have a totally different ending.”

What an amazing story, we hope Brittany is running and playing pain free at Rainbow Bridge.

*ADOPTABLE: Tank is currently in a foster home after his owner died in a car accident. Wouldn’t you like to adopt your very own barking smoke detector?