For the latest Medical Updates, please scroll to the bottom of the page. Last Update: 29 May

Our remarkable friend Michael is in the Intensive Care Unit at San Francisco General Hospital suffering burns over 80 percent of his body.

Truly dogs' best friend, Michael was pet sitting for a longtime friend when a fire broke out in the apartment building at approximately 2:30 am, February 6, 2007. Michael escaped, but returned to save Bobby, a Jack Russell Terrier from the burning building when he realized that he was still trapped inside.

Michael is fighting very hard , but is in extremely critical condition. Like ET and Elliot, Bobby is also hospitalized and in critical condition with severe burns at Pet's Unlimited in San Francisco.

Michael has a history of heroic actions. On Christmas Eve 2001 Michael witnessed a car accidentally plunge into the San Francisco Bay and without hesitation he jumped in and was able to rescue one of the two passengers. As a result of the rescue he was honored by The City.

Michael is an amazingly brave and spectacular guy with a heart of gold. He is an artist, designer, best friend, son, brother and a gift to all of us.

He is currently under the brilliant care of the phenomenal doctors, nurses and staff of the San Francisco General ICU who we greatly admire and give our most sincere gratitude.

Mikey's recovery and rehabilitation process will be a long struggle.
We have been repeatedly told “this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon….” which couldn't be more true. He will be undergoing intense surgery on a daily basis for the next six weeks. He will remain medically sedated for a prolonged time so that he does not experience pain. We anxiously await Michael's awakening and we know how much your support will mean to him when that day comes.

An account has been established at Wells Fargo Bank to support Michael through his long and costly rehabilitation which will take years. We encourage you to contribute anything that you can spare as even the smallest donation will mean a great deal to Michael and everyone who is diligently working on his behalf. If you desire information regarding the trust established to support Michael, please email: supportmichael@acieventgroup.com and we will be pleased to share the necessary information.

If you would like to make a contribution to help our dear friend who has never thought twice about doing what he could to help others you may do so in any of the following ways:

• Send a check made payable to the Michael J Keenan Support Fund to:

Ms. Sue Ryan
Personal Banking Manager
Wells Fargo Bank
3431 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

• Make a contribution via PayPal by logging onto www.paypal.com. Enter supportmichael@acieventgroup.com as the recipient's email.

• Send a check made payable to the Michael J Keenan Support Fund to:

James F. Keenan, Jr., Esq.
Trustee of The Michael J. Keenan Support Fund
Bernstein Shur
100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029
USA

Should you have any questions regarding contributions, please email supportmichael@acieventgroup.com.

• If you wish to send a card to Michael please mail to:

Michael J. Keenan
652 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


This site is for Michael's friends, family, pet lovers, and all those concerned. We will be updating this site whenever we have new information regarding Michael's condition.

If you have thoughts that you would like to share please click on the comment link below.

Hang in there, Michael, and you too, Bobby. We love you—our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Press contact:
Stacie Krajchir
310-623-7502
stacie@thebungalowpr.com

A thoughtful letter written by Michael's brother, Jim


Saturday, February 10

Along the way, you experience things. Most come and go without notice. A few leave a small imprint on your personality. And then, maybe, you experience something that wakes you up from your conscious sleep and alters your thinking, your outlook and, perhaps, your life. It tells you something about who you are and who you hope to be.

On February 6, 2007 a total stranger called and informed me that my brother, Michael, had been badly burned in a fire in San Francisco. That night my wife, Carla, and I drove from Maine to one of my sister’s houses outside of Boston and, after 3 restless hours of sleep, took the first flight out of Logan. Approximately 12 hours later, Carla and I walked into San Francisco General Hospital’s 4E ICU and looked at what I was told was my brother’s face. Although we mustered words of encouragement, we were looking at a nightmare. Badly burned, heavily sedated and chemically paralyzed, Michael was fighting for his life. Then, as we stood there stumbling for words, looking right at Michael’s face, Carla said, “he’s going to be ok”. When I looked up at her, I knew she meant it, and I knew she was right. I love my wife.

Leaving the ICU I knew Michael was going to survive, but I had no idea how he was going to live… and then I met his family… none of whom are related by blood. When I tell you that Michael has friends, you don’t understand what I am saying to you. Michael has a network of friends that humble you. Their unity, their openness, their energy and, above all else, their love for my brother is staggering. My brother is an artist and his worldly possessions fit inside the trunk of a car. That being said, as I sipped beers with his friends from all over the country after visiting hours, I couldn’t help but wonder why friendship wasn’t a measure of a man’s success.

With the Herculean effort of his friends, my brother’s story was publicized, his team was mobilized and his support efforts were formalized. About 12 hours later the story went national and The Michael J. Keenan Support Fund began receiving donations from total strangers… as much as anything, they seemed to want to support what Michael represents. I cannot properly express my humility and thanks.

Michael is still deep inside the woods, but he will find his way. When he emerges, perhaps weeks from now, I will be there, and I will certainly not be alone. The tribe will be gathered, and they will be ready. I hope that others will join us if for no other reason than to celebrate friendship, another and better way to measure a person’s success.

Humbled & Hopeful,

Jim

Medical Update

Tuesday, May 29th
As an update on Michael...

WOW… the guy’s a stud!! That's all I can say… ok, I guess I can add a bit more detail…

As I noted in an earlier report, in early April, after more than two months of complete sedation and multiple, grueling skin graft surgeries, Michael began to wake up and communicate with his doctors and friends. On April 16th Michael’s breathing tubes were removed. Incredibly, Michael instantly found his sense of humor and a realistic, but hopeful outlook. Michael has said that he realizes that he probably should not have survived the fire, but something inside him told him to hang on. He knows that his body is badly beaten, but acknowledged that if he's come this far, he's willing to continue on the path to recovery.

After leaving San Francisco General’s ICU, Michael was transferred to the Bothin Burn Center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital to begin rehabilitation. He has been there about a month and his progress has been astounding.

His body is healing very well. His hands are regaining functionality more and more each day, and he even has been walking on his own up to 100 feet at a time (with a walker). Michael is still medicated to help ease the pain, which is especially severe when he’s undergoing his daily and lengthy physical and occupation therapy sessions.

Michael’s friends have remained by his side throughout, and they report that his sense of humor is still very much intact. After speaking with him yesterday over the phone, I can confirm that he’s still a riot! Michael does have difficult days and sad times during the day, but I’m told that he always “steps up” when it’s time to work.

The current thinking is that Michael will be moved to the acute rehab section of the Bothin Burn Center in another 1-2 weeks and will remain there for several weeks more. Michael will then move into a new apartment that we located for him in one of the few “flat” areas in San Francisco – securing this apartment was made possible by all of your kind donations to The Michael J. Keenan Support Fund. When Michael saw where his next home was going to be, he cried. We’ve been told time and again that it is important that he feel safe. The love and generosity of his family and friends and the incredible generosity of those that don’t know Michael well (or at all), have made it possible for us to rent a safe and uplifting place for Michael to begin his out-of-hospital rehabilitation and recovery.

That being said, Michael is still a long, long way from re-entering society in a self-sufficient way. As a result, we are still actively seeking support for Michael’s ongoing rehabilitation and living expenses and encourage you to participate in one or more of the upcoming benefits and to share Michael’s story with your friends.

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Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Michael. I'm sending lots of love your way today and every day. Tarji

Lanie said...

Dear Michael...

Hi, I am another "you don't know me but..." First of all Happy Birthday. I actually logged on via EO and read that today is your bday... And, Happy bday to Aunt Barb too. We have a family tradition that our birthdays don't really start until we (the siblings) call each other with the Beatles Bday song... Silly, but we love each other.
I want to send you good thoughts and prayers. You sound like the kind of man who has an unselfish heart and a soul that shines. Today I was at the market and met a very sweet 84 year old man named Al from New York who was giving out samples of potatoe chips. Most people walked by and didn't even pay attention to him. I saw this beautiful man, who was just trying to have someone taste a chip. I stopped and acknowledged him. We had a lovely conversation, I found out about his wife, what he did for a living before he retired and he asked many questions of me. It made me smile. We receive gifts every day. They may not be wrapped in box with a bow, they may be as simple as a brief conversation, a smile, or doing an unselfish random act of kindness because that is what your heart says to do. Your fight to get better and the love and support of family, friends and strangers has inspired me and I wish you nothing but love and warm thoughts that your recovery is swift, and that one day I can meet you... To say thank you... for being an amazing human being...
Happy Bday!!!!

Lanie
Las Vegas, NV
laniekoch@aol.com

Jean said...

A few minutes late, but we had to wish you a happy birthday. The doc is in New Zealand looking for Neil Finn and volcanoes, but I know he's thinking of you too. Sleep well, you will not believe the wonderful people you never met who are rooting for you, aside from those of us who are lucky enough to know you. Love,

JD, Pi and RD

Patty N said...

Michael and family -

Even though I've never met you, I think of you often! I am so happy to check in today and hear how great you're doing! And I'm so happy the Bobbinator went home too...hang in there. You've touched so many of us out here.

Anonymous said...

Michael I'm a few hours late but Happy Birthday! I was not online much today because guess what? It was my Birthday too! Today I went to the Ferry building with a friend for the first time and went to Miette, the little french bakery. Have you ever been there? The sky was blue, the food was amazing and I thought to myself this is how everyone should spend their birthday: With a good friend, fabulous cake, under a blue sky in San Francisco. Maybe next year? Until then sending you a special birthday hug!

The Stacie you don't know.

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration you are dear Michael! Happy belated birthday!

Keep on keepin' on....

Stacey & her dawgs in VA

Kea said...

I have been following Michael James Keenan story for weeks now and having just read the last entry. I was so moved I decided it was time for me to let his family/friends know that he has touched all our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you,

lin gentry said...

Michael, a very happy birthday to you. It is most exciting to hear that your progress is good and the outlook positive. I heard from Pets Unlimited that bobby is also recovering nicely. I spoke with them the day before his eye surgeries.
I am so appreciative that people are keeping up this blog for folks like myself who have never met you and grateful for the email regarding the anonymous matching donor. It was just the nudge needed to send you some additional support. Hang in there, Man. We're all praying and pulling for you.

Roger & Diane + Ike said...

Michael...I've been following your tale of heroism since the beginning and we are so happy you have turned the the first corner to your recovery. You are in our prayers often. I know our paths will cross someday...the brews are on me! Thank you for saving Bobby, as we to have a highly spirited boy named Ike (a Jackie Russell)who wants to lick you wicked bad.... We have already made a donation through your brother and will be sending you another after we get our income tax refund. Bless You!

tillytoo9 said...

As my first job out of college I sold to retail stores. One of the lines I sold was EO. I tried to learn as much as possible about the product and the company that created it. Rarely did I come across a company that followed the 'Golden Rule'. I am pleased to see the personal attention and effort being made by your friends at EO. I am reassured that EO sets an example for other companies to model.
As my mom battles end stage cancer I continue to pray for her comfort and strong spirit. I will include you and your struggle for comfort, recovery, and strength of spirit. May the promise of Spring and turning of nature aid you.

And thank you, EO, for putting it out there.

Fondly,
Amy Frank
Peoria, IL

Adrienne said...

Hi Michael, I don't know you but am the owner of a Jack Russell Terrier who looks quite a bit like Bobby. Your story came to my attention through a JRT community group on Dogster. I was so moved by your story and have so much admiration for your heroism and sensitivity in risking your own life to save his. You completely rock for doing that and I wish you a fast and complete recovery. Take care and you'll be in our prayers and thoughts.

Anonymous said...

You are that one in a million special human being who is selfless and compassionate to all living beings. My heart, prayers and thoughts go out to you - our planet is so blessed to have you here.

Susan
Minnesota

Karen said...

Happy Birthday, Michael!!! I thought you must be an Aires. They are very strong people. Glad to hear of the progress you keep making. I can't wait to hear that you are feeling good.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Prayer surround & enfold you.
Paws of love & fuzzy care embrace you.
Divine Guidance & protection
Easeful & productive days to you & those caring for you.
The tre measure of a man is how many people rise to the occasion when He (you Micheal) is in need.

Best & Highest Good All ways and Always
Sebness & Copper
Naples FL

Anonymous said...

Prayer surround & enfold you.
Paws of love & fuzzy care embrace you.
Divine Guidance & protection
Easeful & productive days to you & those caring for you.
The tre measure of a man is how many people rise to the occasion when He (you Micheal) is in need.

Best & Highest Good All ways and Always
Sebness & Copper
Naples FL

Leslie said...

Michael: I am reading your story from Phoenix AZ. Someone gave me the link to your story because she knows the vet who saved Bobby. You are a remarkable human being. This world needs more people like you. Keep fighting to get better. You are a rare find in this troubled world of ours. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you. From one dog lover to another - Leslie

Jennifer Hast said...

I am so moved. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for being who you are and I pray for your recovery. You remind me that there is good in the world. Friends may not be the measure of success in this world, but that is where the real impact lies. I've never met you, but I'd love to call you friend.

ldykas said...

Dear Michael, thank you so much for being so courageous and caring about people and animals. There are not too many people out there who feel the way you do about saving lives. Please keep on fighting... You are such a great example for young ones who desperately need a role model like you. Get better soon... Sincerely, Laure Dykas, Protect All Animals

FuzzyButtZ said...

Dearest Michael, You are so brave. I'm in love with your courage, and pray you suffer limited pain, to heal easily. Your strength and endurance will be challenged like never before, but it's okay. You are a survivor, with a passionate love for life. Plus you've got people all over the world praying for you! Lovin' PurrZ, KinKy

Nichole said...

Thank you to the dedicated family & friends who continue to keep us all up to date!
Thoughts & prayers continue each day...

will foster said...

Keeeenan – what the F#$@*?

I just got off the phone with Kim Palmer who filled me in on your most recent antics, I’m sorry to be so out of the loop, and so late in getting off my wishes for a speedy recovery…

You are one incredible person; one of the most incredible that I’ve ever met. It’s been awhile since we last saw each other, but I reference you all the time (at least every other month) to those I care about – using you as the example. I’ve always admired your selfless nature – your good humor – your struggles, determination and resulting accomplishments with all that you have pursued. Most important, however, is your quiet lesson of individualism and your love and respect that you share with all who enter your life. I have read through the posts that others have written and it lifts my spirits immeasurably knowing you have such a strong cadre of friends. Knowing you, I want to assure the others that you are not a quitter, and you will be back stronger than ever; as always leading by quiet example.

My thoughts and prayers are with you every day – I know you will not disappoint! From one entrepreneur to another – run dude, run; and then run faster!

Love Will

(Owen, I think of you all of the time too, and miss you guys a lot. Kim is getting me your number and I will call shortly – you too are one awesome guy and I’m sure I speak for all YHS/Keenan fan club members in thanking you for being our representative out west. – love you, will)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to send more prayers and healing thoughts. Thinking of you, your friends and family.

Stacie

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael! Just checking in on your progress again! We are so happy to see you are continuing to make a recovery! We are also thrilled to read that Bobby survived in Barbara and Bill's post! Hang in there- we think you are the BEST!!

Gina, Robbie and Kyla Downey
San Diego

Anonymous said...

Michael, we've never met you but we're pulling for you nonetheless. What you did was truly heroic. But then you've done heroic things before. We'll keep you in our prayers.

The Claridge Family

Jenn Green from Illinois said...

As many have commented,I do not know Micheal, but am so touched by this story. I run a small animal rescue out of my home, and know the deep bond humans can have with animals. I'm sure your frined will be forever grateful for saving her dog. You are the kind of person that DOES with your heart, and does not always take the time to consult with your head. I have checked in to read the latest for a couple of weeks now, and I'm so glad to hear that you are improving. You are a very strong willed person, with a heart of gold. God bless you, your family, and the hands that provide your care every day. May God give them wisdom to be the vessels to provide you with his healing touch. Best wishes to Bobby also. He looks like a "sweet little guy!"

Karen said...

Hey Michael. Just doing my daily check in on you, hoping to read more about your progress. More than anything, I'd like to know that you are not in physical pain. I just got my hand cream from EO today. It's nice, so nice that I'm going to buy some for all my friends. Your fan base grows daily and will not go away. We're all pulling for you.
Karen

Anonymous said...

I too got "Michael's Hand Cream " from EO, today. It includes Michael's story on the label. Thank you for the beautiful and thoughtful label and the thought that went into creating it---Brad and the EO gang.
It soothes my hands as I think of Michael. And continue to send healing thoughts his way. Aunt Deb

Jamie said...

Mikie,Aul boy,
Miss you loads. keep that hat on buddy. You're doin just fine.
I'll be there soon.

Jamie.

PS: Just got off the phone with Darcy, Boy, do i miss you guy's.
TILL THEN.
Keep fighting,Remember, you're one in a million.

Love you,

Jamie.

Laura said...

Michael, although we've never met, you are a tremendous inspiration and have touched me profoundly. I know you will pull through this; there is a reason you've made it through this, and I'm sure it is in part for the lessons we can all learn from your heroic actions. My thoughts and prayers are with you, (as are those of my shepard, Mojo!)

Laura Gardner

Viki L said...

I'm another person whom you don't know who has been touched by your incredible heroism. You and Bobby are forever imprinted in my heart and the hearts of people all over the world. Bobby is healing and so will you. Thank you.

Barbara said...

Michael, I don't kno you but you are in my thoughts and have moved into my heart for your courage and bravery. Everytime I reach for my hand cream I hope one day you will get to use it too. As minor as they might be , my Prayers are with you.
Barbara

Corey W. said...

Hi there,

I miss you!! I'm getting on an airplane to Vermont tomorrow but I am planning a trip up there when I get back! I hope you are doing well and that you're getting all of the healing energy being sent to you from the 4th Street Ladies!

Love you. xo

Adam Khan said...

Just want to add my entry to the long list of well-wishers and admirers. When I was a boy in school we read a book about the Holocaust or a flood, and the family leaves the dog behind stranded, and the children are told it's the necessary and grown-up thing to do, and I disagreed, but couldn't really articulate why, and I was the only one.

I'm also reminded of the fellow in New York who jumped in front of a subway train to save another guy who had fallen in during an epileptic fit.

What can I say, I'm pretty sure that in both your situations I, like most people, would have stood frozen to the spot, chanting "Oh, my God" over and over to myself.

Thank you for exemplifying the human.

-Yet Another Admirer

Elizabeth said...

Hey Michael,

You did it! Read the news about Bobby in the paper and saw the clips on TV. Wrote a poem about you but I'll share that with you when I see you next. It's about heroes. That you Are!

Still in Switzerland but looking forward to visiting you when I get back.

Thinking of you from far away,

E

Anonymous said...

MIchael,

You are off the ventilator! YAY! I'm so glad you are able to speak again, if only a whisper. That must comfort your loved ones so much to hear your voice. Still praying for your continued recovery and sending good vibes towards San Francisco just for you!

Stacie

Rev Deb said...

Michael,
Not a day goes by that I don't remember you in my prayers, and other times when I'm hugging my fuzzy doggy-buddies.

It has been said a hundred times on this blog -- but Thank You for being a truely HUMANE and good person. You are an inspiration and a ray of hope and sunshine in our world.

Every healing blessing,
Deborah

Anonymous said...

michael, I am thrilled you are doing so well. you are a trooper. just got the note from Jimmy on his two week visit with you . welcome back bub. we've been eagerly waiting for you to come out of your rip van winkle sleep. We are so glad all of our prayers and good thoughts for you have been answered. There has been tremendous and endless love and caring coming your way. All of our good energy still comes your way Let it give you strength, and comfort on the road ahead.Thank God for drugs, medical personell, good friends,family and YOU. Love aunt Deb

Sarah Skillin Woodard said...

Oh, Michael. I found out what happened through an email that went out at work (Krainin Real Estate in Raymond, Maine - they sent you a card - real animal lovers there). I broke down crying when I realized it was you. I had not heard. I have been following the web site and the postings waiting until I could muster up the gumption to write. I am so proud of your heroism and overjoyed you came out of it alive. My heart seizes up when I think of the pain you have been in and the struggle that lies ahead. You are a magical person and I knew that when I met you some 20+ years ago. You are constantly in my thoughts and much love is being sent to you from all corners of the earth, including my home here in Portland. My email is friendraiser@lycos.com if you ever want to write and please give it to Owen, as well. I understand he has moved out there to look after you. Bless him. Bless you. Miss you, love you. Sarah

Thanks from CT said...

God bless you, Michael! I don't know how or where people like yourself find the strength and courage to act as you do, but it makes the world a better place! Hang in there, and don't ever give up!

debbie Va beach said...

I just read your story and think you are the most amazing person. There are a very few that would think of saving an animal and not even think of the outcome, and you are that man.
I THINK YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!! Please keep up the fight.
My thoughts and prays are with you.
What a great great manyou are.

Elizabeth said...

Hey Michael,

Just checking in, thinking of you a lot and want to make sure you have plenty of reading material.

I wish I could be there to talk with you in person - wish you could write back and tell us how you are. Thanks to people keeping us posted as they can on your progress. Hang in there, luv.

-E

virgo rising said...

Like so many others, I read your story and was moved to tears of gratitude that people like you still exist in this world.As a dog lover, and as a human being, thank you so much for your act of extreme courage. Of course, I wish so much for your speedy recovery. When you get well, come to Felton in the Santa Cruz Mountains to Virgo Rising ( my little store) and pick a gift of appreciation from me to you.
Karen Diamond

Lea said...

Hi Michael,
Bobby is my friend and I sometimes get to play with him when I'm in San Francisco. He is a very special dog and you are a very special person for saving him. Thank you.

I hope you are feeling better soon and can come and play with us.

Love and kisses,
Lea

Lynn said...

Michael, Here I am again - a complete stranger who was, from the very beginning, caught up in your story of heroic bravery. Please don't think that your many supporters have forgotten you. On the contrary, we remember you every single day in our thoughts and prayers. Please stay strong and work like hell to heal. Your family, friends, and the whole world for that matter needs more people like you! Pulling for you 100 percent! Lynn in Colorado

Karen said...

Hi, Michael. I've been checking this site daily waiting for an update and finally I see that you have been moved. It's funny, but I realize that I don't even check my own e-mail or reply to friends I know, daily. That's how much I respect you. If there was anything I could do or any way i could ease your pain, I would. You are one hell of a guy! Keep fighting.
Karen

Roger & Diane & Ike (the Jack Russell said...

Michael...just dropped by again to tell you we care and will always remember to check in weekly to see what condition your condition is in. Still icing down a brew for you.... Keep up your spirit & recovery!

Anonymous said...

I stopped by two months ago to say you are in my thoughts and prayers...stopping in here again two months later to see how you are doing. You see even people who do not know you have not forgotten about you and will continue to check until you are attending that "big bash of a home coming party".

The Barsinister said...

Hey Michael just checking on your progress...keep fighting the good fight as you have been doing...what the others above me have said is interesting...I have never met you either but also keep checking back here to see how you are progressing. Glad to hear you have been moved. You get to the end of the road by taking one tiny baby step at a time. Keep on trucking -- we love you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,
Sorry that i haven't been in touch with you lately.
we have been real busy with our move to Oz. No excuse. I hope you are doing well. I miss you and i miss you. Take care of yourself and keep your spirts up.
love ya.

Jamie Meagan.

Anonymous said...

Michael, You are a true hero in every sense of the word! I am a fellow animal lover and appreciate what you did. If only this world had more people like you in it! I have your web-site on my desktop at work and check constantly for updates on your recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Signed,
Skippy and Sadie's Mom
Port St Lucie, Florida

Anonymous said...

Michael,

As fellow animal lovers my mother and I have been following your story. We are amazed at your progress and continue to check your blog on a regular basis.

What wonderful news to hear of your improvement! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!

Our hearts bleed for your physical pain as we question why someone of such goodness must endure so much.

Please continue your path as positively as you approached it. You are admired by many and we're confident that you will continue to be blessed by friends and family as you heal.

Lisa and Amber Watson

Anonymous said...

Michael; Champion, the Mill Valley Chocolate Poodle and I continue to think of you every day, when you are ready he (and I) would be honored to meet you so he (and I) can say thank you. We also think of Bobby and pray the goddesses ae being kind to him, too.

Bendiciones, our friend..

David & Champion

Anonymous said...

michael i see progress in you everyday tell my man jay z which is owen i said whats up love always beyonce in the burn unit.

Anonymous said...

HI Michael,
I was touched to hear how well you are doing with your rehab, with sense of humor intact. Your friend, Dave, writes very well..I feel as though I am there feeling what you are going through. You have wonderful friends who have stuck by your side through all of this, Michael. You are one very lucky man to have so many who love you. Feed on their positivity and stregnth. You will get through this. We are all praying for you. Rest well so you can work hard on recovering.
Linda Scala

Karen said...

Hi, Michael. I'm glad to hear that you are walking and making progress daily. It's an honor that we could all help you. You'll have my respect and contributions toward your rehabilitation for as long as you need them. I still can't wait to meet you. I will help you in any way I can. Keep on fighting.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Michael, I'm thrilled you're making progress and that you have a comfortable, practical home to go to when you get out of the hospital. I bought a bunch of the hand lotions that your friend created to benefit your rehab - I give them out to friends and tell them your story.

You made a difference in my life though I don't even know you. When I'm hit by what I think of as a "hard time", I think of you & shake it off & keep going. One difference you made for me is visible: I adopted a homeless cat; he's full grown, not very cute, not really lovable at all which is why no one would take him. I told myself I'm way too busy for this but again, thinking of you, decided I'd do it. It's only been a month and already he has become in my eyes the cutest, most lovable giant cat I ever met. He is clearly happy in my home and I am truly happy to have him here. We both owe it to you! You'll continue to be in our prayers so keep getting bettter!

Jess and Rigger said...

Hey Michael-
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Rigger and I think of you everyday. If you ever come back east you will have to let us know, Rigs really misses you. In the meantime we will continue to send good thoughts your way.

Anonymous said...

MJ- Good to hear you're making some progress. Kevin Berne is heading over to see you next week and sending my regards. You know he married my sister-in-law, right? Anyway, Tracy from Vegas says hello, too. She was pretty shocked as we all were. I "donated" some money today. Donated is in parentheses because, all kidding aside, it's a loan and I swear to Christ I'm going to make you get back to work to re-pay me.

I hear Dago Mary's is closing. That sucks. What about the Ramp? If that place closes we're all in trouble.

When are you going to be able to write back?
Peace - Jeff Carter

PassionateBB said...

Micheal, I've been following your progress through this blog since first seeing your story. To me, someone who doesn't know you, you are so much more than a hero. You are a truelly exceptional, rare human being. This world needs more Michael James Keenans.

I am so happy to read that your recovery is happening and that a new life and home await you. Hang in there and know that you are admired and prayed for and take the breath away of everyone who has heard about you.

Sincerely,

Peggy

lin gentry said...

Michael...so happy to learn of your exit from the ICU and your new spell in rehab. And delighted to hear that Bobby is back home, all thanks to you. Good luck in your new home, Brother, when you get a chance to leave the burn unit. All prayers with you and best of luck...lin

Dan said...

Hi, Michael.
We may have met, or not; we have friends in common.
A good Halloween party at the Boles goes a long way...
I've met your parents recently, too. It is a small world.
Hey, hang in there. the spirits have you on this earth for a reason. You've touched more people than most do in 1 lifetime.
I am really, deeply touched by what you've done and the guy you are. Thank you for the spirit and inspiration.
I know a little about your road to recovery; it's a tough one. Sounds like, if anybody, you're the guy to make the best of it.
I may stop by if you don't mind a visitor.
Take care, and all the best to you.
Dan C.

Dan said...

Hi, Michael.
We may have met, or not; we have friends in common.
A good Halloween party at the Boles goes a long way...
I've met your parents recently, too. It is a small world.
Hey, hang in there. the spirits have you on this earth for a reason. You've touched more people than most do in 1 lifetime.
I am really, deeply touched by what you've done and the guy you are. Thank you for the spirit and inspiration.
I know a little about your road to recovery; it's a tough one. Sounds like, if anybody, you're the guy to make the best of it.
I may stop by if you don't mind a visitor.
Take care, and all the best to you.
Dan C.

Anonymous said...

Michael is having a rough spot. He needs us to carry his load for awhile. Send prayers and good thoughts.

Sandy Dickenson said...

Michael...my thoughts and prayers are with you. I don't know you personally, but have been tracking your story since the beginning. YOu give me hope that there are still wonderful people in this crazy world of ours. You are one incredible person and deserve so much in life. I know you will recover and hopefully one day we can meet. I have 3 pups myself (1 a jack russell mix) so I can relate to why you did what you did. How brave of you! Keep up the recovery....Sandy Dickenson

Susan said...

Hi Michael,
Sorry to hear about your latest set-back, but if anyone can knock a set-back on its a**, you can... Keep on fighting!!
You are an inspiration to us mere mortals and an absolute blessing, having touched so many lives from loved ones to complete strangers (which we are, except that we know your brother).
Animals need heroes, and sadly there are very few people who would risk their own life for one, more so when it is not their own pet.
So from an animal lover and advocate - THANK YOU.

We wish you continued strength & courage to face your challenges ahead.

You are in our thoughts and prayers, always.

Anonymous said...

Michael,

You are in our thoughts. May each day bring you the strength and courage to heal.

With Love & Hope,

Hilary , Matthew, Nicholas & Alex (Bayer)Sessions

Scott Horton said...

Mikey--Leslie and I are thinkiing of you from Maine. I truly wish you were here. You have plenty of people pulling for you, my friend. So, keep plugging away, and we'll keep sending you strong thoughts and wishes for your recovery. Love, Scott (Horton)

Adrienne said...

I am so relieved to hear that you are continuing to fight your way back, and doing it with humor and grace. I know that you must have tough days, I'm sure there are times when the road ahead seems too long and too rough. When you feel this way, please know that you have thousands of people sending you good thoughts and praying for you to heal. I know because I am one of them.

You are an example to us all, Michael, may you be blessed with good fortune for the rest of you life.

Alison Smith said...

Was just stopped in my tracks at Whole Foods in Austin when I saw the EO MJK Aloe and Lavender Hand Cream display - let's just say all my friends are receiving early stocking stuffers this year.

I just read your story when I returned home and jumped online. Best wishes to a full recovery - stay strong,you are such a HERO!

Hugs from Texas - Ali

Karen said...

Hi Michael.
Hope today finds you feeling better. It sounds like you're improving a great deal and that makes me happy. You've got wonderful friends to keep us all posted on your progress. Stay strong.
Your biggest fan,
Karen

Stacie said...

Michael,

I'm so sorry to read you had a set back. I hope you have moved past it by now and are continuing on your road to recovery. You are in my thoughts often, especially when I make trips up to San Francisco. I hope your are feeling better and am certain the love and strength of your family and friends is helping you through your worst moments.

Sending you more healing thoughts, and thanks for being such an amazing human being.

Stacie

Anonymous said...

warm thoughts from maine agian. peace and love, laurie peterson

Anonymous said...

Hey Mikie,

Love you and thinking of you big time.
Jamie.

Jamie Meagan.

Michelle Barnett said...

I Say A Little Prayer

Artist: Dionne Warwick

The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair, now,
And wondering what dress to wear, now,
I say a little prayer for you

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
and I will love you
Forever, forever, we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be heartbreak for me.

I run for the bus, dear,
While riding I think of us, dear,
I say a little prayer for you.
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break-time,
I say a little prayer for you.

Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart
and I will love you
Forever, forever we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together, together, that's how it must be
To live without you
Would only be heartbreak for me.

My darling believe me,
For me there is no one
But you.

Anonymous said...

I was so sad to hear the news....I did not know Michael directly but know Janette and Bobby. I have thought of Michael often since February and checked the web site regularly to learn about his progress - what an amazing person he seemed to be. The fact that someone I have never met can affect me in this way, so deeply, is a testament to him and all the people who loved him.

We're all thinking of you, his friends and his family, during this difficult time.....there is definitely one more angel in heaven.

Terrence said...

a true inspiration! i wish there were more people in this world like you. rest in peace...

Anonymous said...

I love you, I love you,
You are the best friend that any one could ever have. I'm going to miss you so much. You are the better man. Your my Hereo.
I hope you are Happy where ever you are.
I LOVE YOU, AND I MISS YOU.
Till we meet again,

Jamie.

Jamie Meagan
Dublin
Ireland.

Karen said...

Oh My God. I am in shock. I feel so bad. My deepest sympathy to Michael's family and friends. To his friends, thank you for keeping us up to date as to how he was doing and providing us a place to write him and express our gratitude. And to Michael, thank you again. Rest in peace.
Your biggest fan.
Karen

kewldogkit@lycos.com said...

I can't believe you're gone. Can't believe our world has lost you. Even though I never knew you? I felt like I knew your heart after reading about all of the amazing things you had done to help others. I was stunned when I just read the news online and saw the story that you had left us.

Michael wherever you are I hope you know how many people loved you. Even those of us who never knew you cared about you greatly. Your heroism and kind heart touched and inspired the world. My heart goes out to your family and friends for losing someone as precious and wonderful as you.

Anonymous said...

Time heals what reason cannot.
A friend

Jordan said...

What a hero. :(

Someone who cares said...

You are such a great person to do something like that. My thoughts are with your family. :(

Momo said...

Aaw Michael, to have lost you when we thought you so far along your road to recovery leaves us all totally devastated. We will miss you terribly.

The only silver lining in all this was that you survived your worst injuries long enough to see many of your friends and family and to give and receive the love we all felt for each other.

To have been witness to your grace and humor and humility was mind boggling and inspirational.

To all of you who have posted here, know that we read to Michael many of the amazing comments you left here, and he was very moved and humbled by your praise and love for him, and for that we thank you.

There will be a public memorial for Michael the weekend of the 8th, July, at Fort Funston in San Francisco. There will be an "official" announcement on this site, so check back for details.

We have been truly blessed by his being, and now are blessed again, knowing that he is now with his beloved Charlie and his mother, wherever they may be.

Rest In Peace brother, we love you.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear about the death of Michael.

Michael, you are truly a hero for the dog community.

Your pain and suffering is over. You now are a permanent resident of dog heaven. You are free to run and play with all the dogs whom have left planet earth due to accident or illness.

God Bless You.

Jane said...

Dear Michael, I was shocked and saddened to hear you are gone. It was a privilege and a joy to take care of you. We had some good conversations and I will miss not being able to know you better. One night you told me "why am I trying so hard? Yes, for my family and friends, but my life is totally changed and I don't look the same." You are beautiful and it's a loss not having you here.

Anonymous said...

I was scrolling through google news headlines for 'dog' as I do every day and I saw the headline without your name and I cried out loud, "Oh God no...please don't let this be Michael." It is true that you passed away and my heart is breaking. My sincere condolences to your family, all of your many old friends and new ones like myself who never even had the pleasure to meet you. God has already blessed Michael James Keenan.

aseikonia said...

Although I never met you, your heroism and compassion have inspired and affected me. May your spirit live on, as it already has in the lives of all the people you have touched.

Anonymous said...

God takes the good ones first and leave the rest of us to wonder why.....
I knew Bobbyand his owner before the accident and just saw them recently for the first time since being saved by Michael. I cannot imagine this sweet little dog even being here if it were not for this amazingly heroic man who put other people and animals before even himself.

We did not deserve you here on earth Michael you belong in heaven with the angels....

yesab1634 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It just isn't fair after so much fighting. Michael rest in peace, you will always be remembered.

Gina, Robbie Anne and Kyla

Roger & Diane + Ike said...

To Michael's Friends, Family, & long extended list of admirers: these are the saddest of times.... I have not been able to put into words my thoughts on this hero of our humanity. I'm sure our maker has foung just the right spot for him in The Kingdom of Heaven. He gave us all a lot to think about in these last few months...on just how frail our time is on this planet and what we would do if ever put in the perilous situations situations he excelled at. Michael you have given my soul quite a ride....

Anonymous said...

Michael,
I am so saddened by the news. I am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting you at St Francis Hospital. You had a Great friend in your corner, Owen. I had so hoped to be able to celebrate your recovery with you and Owen with a 40 oz. Miller.
God bless you, Brother.
Jesus...

Dedie Talbot said...

I just heard about Michael's passing today when I went to the web page to check on his condition. I am deeply saddened and feel that the world will be missing out on such a wonderful man. My prayers go out to his family and friends as well as Sweet Bobby. Michael set an example that I hope to follow.

Dedie Talbot
Grand Rapids, MI
dediet24@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

I thought of you again today as I walked to work. Your bravery and courage still strike me in my heart often. I sent a gentle prayer to the people and family that I know are in heaven to welcome and honor you. I will never never forget you.
Rest in glory and peace Michael forever and ever.......

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

I have just read of your passing on Monday and want to thank your spirit for saving Bobby. You will be remembered for this heroic act and you will soar with the angels now.

Super Dave said...

Keeneybub, once again I find myself reminded of you. There's a new Diebenkorn exhibition coming to town with his later works. They remind me so much of your art (and I can see where you got some of your inspiration). Also, it's October in SF - yeah, those awesome warm days and nights. Remember our trips up to Stinson? Ahhh, disc on the beach and a bbq waiting at the bungalow. I miss you my brother, but will always be in touch...
-Supes

Anonymous said...

I too was thinking of you today and just felt a need to "check in". I got alot of comfort and solace here. And felt closer to you here, with a community that loved and supported you. I'm glad this blog is still "up".It helps to hold on to you a little longer .... Thinking of you today. Deb

Anonymous said...

MK,
X-mas is just around the corner, so here's to the holidays. Doc, Levo & I will raise a glass in your honor. Love you, my brother
-Supes

Anonymous said...

GO MICHAEL!!!!

Anonymous said...

I know it's been a few months, but I just wanted to let Michael's family know that I was at Pets Unlimited the night Bobby was brought in. My cat was a few cages down and when I would visit him, I would also talk to Bobby about whomever saved him was a most amazing and courageous person. I finally happened upon Michael's story and was extremely moved. I should have written this sooner...But Michael is still thought of - even by those who never knew him. This world needs more people like him.

Anonymous said...

Michael - I miss you terribly.

Anonymous said...

One year later, and you're still always on my mind. Owen & I are getting together for a good cry over a Guiness or two (3,4...)
Talk at 'cha later - Supes

Anonymous said...

can someone who knows, post an update on "Bobby"? How is he fareing? Thinking of both. Michael's courage and strength to hang in long enough to experience being surrounded by love. He was able to experience in the last 4 months what most of us fail to experience in a lifetime. LOVE, Hope, miracles---but mostly love. Thanks for the LOVE.

Anonymous said...

Since you asked....Here's what his owner has to report...

Bobby is doing great!! He is such an amazing little guy. He loves to create his own adventures and he is as mischievous as any Jack Russell could ever be. Just a couple of months ago, he had his first (and hopefully last)
encounter with a skunk. And just this past weekend he tried to hook up with a couple of girls in our neighborhood (he's really quite the ladies man). Thankfully when he realized, he had gotten in too deep with them, he started to bark his head off calling for me to come and get him just as they were
driving away with him in their back seat!! There is not a day that goes by where he doesn't make me completely crack up about something he does. He is also a super sweet and loving boy. He has learned a new trick called "kiss
your mom"! As you can imagine it is our most favorite trick! Mostly, I feel like the luckiest person in the world because he is my dog. We have not been able to move back home yet, but it is getting very close. It's just so
hard to believe that a year has past now, I think about Michael everyday. I was just chuckling to myself this morning thinking about the voice mails he would leave for me telling me of how he was passing his days hanging around
with Bobby. What a lion's heart that man had! He and Bobby both have that in common.

Anonymous said...

Michael, you were a living saint. May God bless you in your new life. I just read about you on dogster.com. That little Jack Russell had a true friend in you.
Blessings to your loved ones.

Stacie said...

Michael,

I still think of you often. Little things remind me of you. Whenever I read of anyone heroic in the news, I think of you. Whenever I see a scruffy dog, I think of you and how I know your heart would have gone out to it. When I look at your photo on the memorial I dedicated to you on my dog's website? I think of what a remarkable person you were and how I still hope to live up to your example. Selfless and giving, what truly rare qualities.

I know your birthday is coming up because it's my birthday too. Last year I was a day late posting in your blog, this year I wanted to make up for it by being a day early.

Even though you're gone, your birthday is still something to celebrate. The day the world was truly blessed with someone as special as you, even if it wasn't for long enough.

Happy Birthday Michael. My thoughts will include you as I celebrate my own. I'll eat two pieces of cake this year! One for each of us.

Hoping cyber *hugs* can make it to heaven,

Stacie

Anonymous said...

I've spent the whole day thinking about you, Michael. About the mark you've made on my life and on the lives of all of the people you've met throughout the years. I feel so fortunate to have shared so many belly laughs, late night bbqs and adventures through this crazy city. Its hard for me to believe that it's been a year since we all lost you. You are and forever will be one of the best people I have ever known. My heart aches every day for you and for the pain that so many people who loved you are feeling.

You are deeply missed.

much love.

cmw

P.S. I'm rockin your "free in the wind" t-shirt today. :) miss you.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to check in and say that you are still thought of by our family. I was explaining to my daughter why we had a picture of a stranger and a strange dog on our fridge. You are an example of good moral character in our house, and I just wanted to let your family know how far your spirit was able to reach in order to positively touch others.

RIP Michael.

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Anonymous said...

hey Mikey sweetie,
I still think of you all the time...I know you know this...I talk to you when I'm driving...a shout out as you would say...I do this because you told me you did this with your mother after she passed away and you told me it always made you feel better...and it does make me feel better...thanks for helping me...I know I kind of ramble in the car, but I know you understand...and I hope you don't mind sitting on all the junk in the front seat...I try, you know, to clear a space for you always
xoxo
nanc

Supes said...

Always thinking about you, my brother. Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

I never knew Michael but followed his story from day one. I can't tell you the impact he had on my life. I so often think of him when I'm feeling sorry for myself over a bad day of work, or am slighted by a friend. Michael's suffering is a reminder of what true sacrifice is and my small problems seem just that - small. This week was especially tough with family crises and anger and bitterness pulling me down to an abyss. Suddenly, out of somewhere the thought of Michael came to me. And I felt uplifted. No matter what I'm going through, I tell myself, I can make it, I can do this. I am upright with arms, legs, eyes & ears. I can function. I can work. I can help.

That's what keeps me going. Knowing that Michael was so tragically injured committing yet another act of selflessness makes me feel ashamed of squandering time and money. It reminds me we must focus on what we can do to make this a better world, leave the negative behind. Get up, dig deep, and help someone. Give to someone (I include dogs & cats as my "someones").

These days so many are in need, are hurting, are in fear, are cold, are hungry. I have the ability to do something about that and I feel morally obligated to do so. I know I'm not the only one who was touched this way. For that reason, I truly believe Michael Keenan was sent to us to teach us what it truly means to be a human being. I hope his family takes some solace in knowing much good has come out of their terrible loss.


Kat

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Anonymous said...

I too did not know Michael. But have thought about him often after reading of his heroic acts here in s.f. he inspired me to write a song called "heros". If I could be the man he was with a life on the line I would die happy. A rare and brave man who I for one will never forget

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