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Jeremy Renner

My Puppy Tragically Died

3/14/2012 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jeremy Renners 8-month-old puppy Franklin dropped dead on a baseball field.Jeremy Renner suffered a devastating loss last weekend, after his 8-month-old puppy Franklin dropped dead on a baseball field.

Jeremy's friend and business partner Kristoffer Winters was dogsitting the French bulldog last Saturday in Orange County -- and decided to take it to his nephew's little league baseball game.

We're told the dog was running around the field having fun on a very hot day -- near 80 degrees.  Then, at around 2 PM, the pup began to vomit and convulse. Kris -- who had left to get a snack -- returned to find Jeremy's dog dead in a woman's arms.

We're told 3 people tried to give the dog mouth-to-mouth to revive the pooch -- to no avail.

French bulldogs notoriously suffer from heart problems, which could be exacerbated by heat.

We're told Jeremy and Franklin were EXTREMELY close and he's grief-stricken.  

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Tatsno    

Frenchies are genetically engineered messes with many health/heat problems....go to the pound for a good mutt!!!

892 days ago
17.

Kat    

Sorry for your loss, losing a furry friend is very hard. RIP little angel!

892 days ago
18.

samson    

"Devastating loss" after 8 months? I guess I'll just never really understand people and their pets..

892 days ago
19.

Fallopia Lopez    

(A) 80 degrees is not hot. In what world is 80 degrees a "very hot day"? (B) Nice dog sitter. He left to get a snack and came back to a dead dog? Who was watching it? (C) This is news?

892 days ago
20.

milly5    

I walk 2 french bulldogs and a english bulldaog. I NEVER WALK them in thta hot weather. Dogs like that can barley walk 30 minutes and their pooped. What a sad shame.

892 days ago
21.

Concerned    

This is a sad story but can help other dog owners. Dogs often don't monitor their own susceptibility to heat exhaustion very well. Its important to not be too far away from your dog if its exercising hard on a hotter day than they're used to. Listen to the breathing which can often indicate respiration challenges. Especially if they're playing with other dogs! They just don't know their own limitations.

But what is more important is not to feed your dog garbage. And all pet food that has salt in it (99% of it does) is garbage. Total garbage. Google raw meat and dogs and have your eyes opened. I've transformed many dogs and the results are staggering. Much better resilience to both heat and cold, far longer endurance, dehydration is far less a problem because they're not dehydrating themselves constantly by consuming salt - which is in NO natural food - sodium the mineral that we all need is and doesn't make you thirsty like salt (sodium chloride) does. Other benefits from feeding raw meat and fish (with some vegetables) is that because they aren't rehydrating constantly by drinking water they're urinating a fraction of before. Because their food has no filler they don't have to defecate nearly as much and their bowel movements are much easier to pick up and don't smell so bad. This all equates to much less work for the owner and a much happier dog. If a dog seems to be aggressive when eating meat, realize the meat isn't making them aggressive. The dog is guarding what they value. Never interfere with a dog eating! They usually wolf down their food in seconds anyway. And for training, a hungry dog that wants some raw meat is so easy to train because you have their full attention.

And if they get sick, use water fasting for a free, non-toxic, no side affect way of curing many ailments. Almost all animals fast in the wild consuming nothing but water for several days to several weeks. A dog's energy does not diminish much after several days without food IF they have been fed proper nutrition beforehand. When I first get a dog I usually fast them for just a day or so, then once they've been on a good food program for a while I know that if they get sick in the future, which rarely happens, I can use water fasting to cure almost anything.

Never give cooked bones to a dog! Raw bones are fine. Cooked bones can splinter and puncture their stomach killing them. Whenever you wonder what to do with your dog, just think about what would they do if they were in the wild. That often can guide us to make better decisions. These same health parameters that improve your dog's life can drastically improve yours: High levels of exercise with food straight from its natural sources. Dog's make great personal trainers!

892 days ago
22.

The Neko Nation    

Sorry to hear about the poor doggies death. RIP lil doggie.

892 days ago
23.

mebrat24    

RIP little puppy, ohhh it is so hard to loose a puppy.

892 days ago
24.

Mis    

Sorrrry... Don't Give a ****.

892 days ago
25.

Amy     

Short-nosed dogs cannot be in 75+ degree weather long at all because they can't sweat properly from their noses. He should have had his vet educate him about the breed and then pass that on to anyone who handles the dog. Poor dog probably suffered.

892 days ago
26.

PaulWS    

Letting a French Bulldog run around in hot weather, what a jackass.

892 days ago
27.

Rhubino    

I'm sure it was the exertion and "heat" that did the little guy in, but like others are saying, the "very hot day - near 80 degrees" line is typical TMZ embellishment. Even here in Canada we wouldn't call that a very hot day.

892 days ago
28.

Jasmin    

@ Natalie West Coast Bulldogs, You absolutely correct. These dogs over heat very easily and should never be left outside in the sun without being cooled and hydrated properly. So while this guys "friend and business partner" was out getting a snack for himself......the dog was overheating. Glad the guy got his snack though, that's all that matters! Really annoying when people don't know how to take care of their own dogs! Just getting dogs because they like how they look with no research of the breed and what is needed to take care of it. Dumb As_es!!! Ok. I'm done!

892 days ago
29.

shannon    

sounds more like heat stroke to me...Brachycephalic breeds (Frenchies, Bostons, Bulldogs etc) do not do well in heat at all. Poor little dude :(

892 days ago
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Kammy    

Never, never let a French Bull dog run around in the heat, even is they are totally healthy. Like English Bull dogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, etc. these dogs are called "brachycephalic" dogs or "short nosed". They can get heat exhaustion very easily and yes, they can then die.

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