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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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So sorry to hear of this loss. Losing a dog hurts as much as losing any loved one. Our bulldog suffered heat stroke the same way, we doused him with water to cool him down and feel fortunate he survived.

922 days ago


As a former breeder of English Bulls, I can tell you that all short faced breeds are prone to heat stroke. They often have an elongated pallet because of the pushed in face. The elongated pallet hangs out over the windpipe and as the dog exerts itself and breaths harder, the pallet can be pulled down over the windpipe, cutting off the airway. Either of these things or a combination of the 2, were probably responsible for this dogs early death. If you are going to own a breed, take the time to find out more about it.....

922 days ago

Ghost White Direwolf    

Poor puppy. I feel so sorry for Jeremy Renner, too. The poor guy wasn't even there. It would be so horrible to hear that your beloved puppy died while you were away.

922 days ago


Looks like a puppy mill or breeder dog. They are very unhealthy. ADOPT A SHELTER DOG, MAN!

922 days ago


Why on earth was this sweet puppy allowed to run around in 80 degree weather? Shame on you Jeremy Renner!!!

922 days ago

Lawyer Lady    

Animal Owners listen up...because most of you do NOT know how to properly care for your animals:

When hiking with your dog: Bring water for YOUR DOG.
When at the beach: Bring fresh water for YOUR DOG.
When walking on hot pavement: Don’t bring YOUR DOG.
NEVER ride a bike and require YOUR DOG to run at the same speed (while you are SITTING your ass on a seat coasting!)

Common sense: Consider your dog before you consider yourself.

They cannot speak our language, but if you “listen” you will understand THEIR NEEDS!

922 days ago


This is so sad he died from the heat. French bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs. Did he have water ? I have a boston terrorist and a pug and I know that they do not do well in the heat either. The poor puppy.

922 days ago


OH NO!!! Jeremy Renner actually has mentioned this dog in multiple interviews and about how much he loved it. It goes everywhere with him and has been through the whirlwind of his fame and he gushed and gushed about it.

922 days ago


His friend is an idiot. You cannot leave a Frech Bulldog, pug, boxer etc out in the heat. They overheat easily. There had to have been plenty of signs that it was in distress before it died. Wow and to think this person has children is even more alarming.

922 days ago


What an ******* of a friend that doesn´t pay attention to the dog they agreed to care of for a while...If I were Jeremy Renner I´d seriously hurt this guy for killing my dog.

922 days ago


Jeremy- Sorry for your loss. Dogs like this and English Bulldogs and others with noses "mushed in" like that CANNOT tolerate the heat very well. Get a female Rhodesian Ridgeback! You'll love her! GREAT dogs! Find a breeder that belongs to the Ridgeback Club-

922 days ago


If he was so close to that dog like they said... they why the hell would he not have the dog with him.. when he works or hits the film premiers. He's rich enough to have a few assistants watch and care for the dog at the hotel or on the set, like most actors. He just abandoned that dog on his friend.

922 days ago

marilyn B.    

Sorry for your loss. It sounds like your dogsitting person did not know very well about dogs with pushed in nose have breathing problems and in hot weather it makes it worse. I too have loss a pet it seems like time well heal your pain.

922 days ago


French Bulldogs, like Boxers, Boston Terriers, Pugs and many other dogs CANNOT tolerate heat! Was there water? Was there shade? Was there anyone with any common sense in this poor little dog's short life? Do not let this man dog sit ever again. He should be charged with animal cruelty! A puppy does not know better. HUMANS are supposed to know what the dog needs and provide it. Shame on him!

922 days ago


What a terrible friend! French Bulldogs aren't supposed to be out in heat when they are adults, it is advised that puppies don't even go for short walks in the heat. That poor dog probably couldn't breathe. They are brachiocephalic, which means they have the pushed in nose. It makes it very hard to breathe in heat. What a sad story.

922 days ago
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