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Farewell to Frodo

Tributes to pet dog which shave family from house fire

Heartfelt tributes have been paid following the death of a lifesaving dog who rescued his family from a house fire.

Frodo was awarded a gold medal by animal charity The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) after his heroic actions saved the life of his owners Jenny Barwise and Liam Towers and Jenny’s parents David and Annette when their St Bees house engulfed in flames six years ago.

The beagle searched the house while the family were sleeping in the middle of the night, barking and scratching at doors to alert them to the danger as the smoke alarms had not sounded. The brave dog even ran through smoke and fire to jump on Liam, who had fallen asleep in the living room, moments before the ceiling collapsed where he had been lying.

Sadly, the 10-year-old lost his life two weeks ago and since then thousands of people have paid emotional tributes to the courageous dog.

The PDSA posted a status on its Facebook page about Frodo’s death and in just 24 hours more than 4,000 people had liked the comment, 415 left tributes and 236 shared the post meaning it reached 66,752 through the social media site.

Sean Wensley, PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, has led the tributes.

“We are all saddened to hear that Frodo has passed away suddenly,” he said. “The loss of a much-loved pet is always difficult to come to terms with, but when they have also saved your life and the lives of those closest to you, the bond is even stronger.

“When we shared news of Frodo’s passing with our supporters, there was a phenomenal reaction on our Facebook page, with hundreds of messages of support for Jenny and Liam. This really demonstrates the unique bond humans have with their pets, and is testament to Frodo’s remarkable actions.

“I was fortunate to meet Frodo when he was awared his PDSA Gold Medal in 2010, and my first impression was that he was a very happy dog, loyal and devoted to Jenny and Liam. I am sure he will never be forgotten.”

Jenny and Liam, who live at Gosforth with their three-year-old son Riley, said they will never forget what Frodo did. “We are all absolutely devasted,” said Jenny, 29. “Frodo was a great dog. He was very mischievous and always getting himself into trouble but we wouldn’t have changed him for the world. He was constantly wrecking our house and barking but he was our little star and everyone in our family loved him so much.”


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