'Hero' foster dog Moose that saved lives in Virginia marina fire gets adopted again

'Hero' foster dog that saved lives in marina fire back up for adoption in Portsmouth
'Hero' foster dog that saved lives in marina fire back up for adoption in Portsmouth
'Hero' foster dog that saved lives in marina fire back up for adoption in Portsmouth
Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-19 15:30:02-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — You're probably familiar with the story of Moose, the dog that saved a family from a fire that was spreading to their houseboat. There's been a positive turn in the story.

Moose is a Great Pyrenees. And he is a very good boy.

Portsmouth foster dog called "hero" after marina fire

Some also call him a hero.

That's because he alerted a family that a fire was spreading to their houseboat. Chris Cushna and his family told WTKR the story last week. They said a neighboring houseboat caught fire and Moose, who they were fostering for the night, woke them up and got them to safety before their own boat caught fire and was destroyed.

Someone else was able to take Moose home on an adoption trial the morning after the fire, but it turned out to not be a good fit.

So Moose went back up for adoption.

'Hero' foster dog back at Portsmouth Humane after being adopted

Dyanna Uchiek, the executive director at Portsmouth Humane, added that there's no judgment.

"We just want to work with people and make sure everyone finds the right fit. Because if they come back after a few days in foster care that person can say, 'they really love squeaky toys. They're great in the car. They're housebroken,'" Uchiek said.

Why didn't the foster family take Moose home?

"The foster family never intended to keep him forever. Bringing a dog home from the shelter just to give them an overnight or a few hours out of the shelter is a great opportunity for them to reset and relax from being a shelter dog," Uchiek said.

The family said they plan to foster again.

This is where the good news comes into play.

Uchiek confirmed that Moose was adopted around 4 p.m. Friday.

For more information about adopting a pet from the Portsmouth Humane Society, click here.

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