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MSNBC/The Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - A man's decision not to end his terminally ill bulldog's life ended up saving his own.
Scott Seymour said his dog, Brittney, awakened him with her barking early Saturday in time for both of them to escape from his burning house in Grand Rapids.
The fire came two weeks after a veterinarian discovered the 9-year-old American bulldog had several cancerous tumors.
Seymour said he could have had Brittney put down, but instead decided to give her medication to blunt her pain until death comes naturally, probably within a few weeks.