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: 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 Enter 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

Should you have any questions regarding contributions, please email

• 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

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,


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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Barbara & Bill said...

Michael Michael Michael ... you are such a hero ... Bobby survived the fire thanks to you, and you have also survived it ... keep on fighting ... we'll be out to see you soon .... our prayers for you are answered ...
PS: we'll bring Amato's italian sandwich makings too :-)

Barbara & Bill said...

Let us know when you're ready for a nice porcupine dinner !!!
I love you ..
AB - aka Aunt barb

Barb said...

Michael, I haven't met you but I know your heart. What a remarkable person you are! I will be checking the blogsite frequently to follow your progress.

Barb W
Pittsburgh, PA

Jp said...


Thank you for being such a great human being!

I know your recovery will be a long and hard one but, think about the people all over the country who are rooting for you and Bobby!

You will be in our thoughts!

Jp in St. Louis, MO

Allison Landa said...

Michael, I don't know you, but my thoughts are with you!

Gareth said...

My greatest respect goes out to you. Your undying courage, and selfless love for all sentient beings.


Unknown said...

Michael, I just read the story on USATODAY.COM. Absolutely unbelievable. You give some of us renewed hope in the human spirit and my prayers go out to you.
Heroes can be found in any place - you proved it.
It is obvious to me that you are well-loved. My best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Ed Camacho
Lancaster, PA

Tony Patella said...

Michael: Earlier this week I was at a trade show and saw the Goorin Bros. booth...I thought of you and wondered what you have been up to...then this morning I see you in the Chronicle! I wish you all the best in your recovery and please let me know if I can bring you any of Henry's Hunan's hot sauce!

Tony Patella

Anonymous said...


You are a true hero, and my heart goes out to you as you recover. All too often, we see stories on the news about fires, and pets left behind. (In fact, on the same day you rescued Bobby, there was a fire in a San Jose apartment building; everyone interviewed on the news commented that their cats were still inside the building and all I could think was "HOW COULD YOU DO THAT??")

You, Michael, have shown the world the kindness a human soul is capable of. I hope you are an inspiration to many others, and that fewer animals will suffer in the future because of your brave example.

Best wishes to you,

koszis said...

Hi Mike, I first saw the story on KTVU. I thought you were still in LA. I met you through my sister Yvonne when you were doing Mainiac clothing. Keep fighting! Renee

Ben said...


You are a true warrior with distinguished courage...An angel from heaven.

Get well soon!

We are here for you today and everyday...on your rapid recovery.

Bennie Lau
San Francisco, CA

A Skein and a Cane said...

Michael I don't know you and you don't know me. BUT we share a deep love for animals and your cou rage and selflessness makes me cry. I admire you and want to help.

Michelle said...

I just was reading SFGate and saw your picture staring back at me. I was friends with you years ago - during the Albion days in the Mission. I have often wondered about you and the guys from Maine-iac. You are a hero - You will be in my thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks. I would like to help any way I can.

Michelle Spindel
San Francisco

Unknown said...

Hi Michael,
You are a true hero and I am rooting for you! My Jack Russell Terrier, Ed, is too! I do not know you, but I am an RN and I know how important it is for people to be surrounded by loving friends and family. It seems you are blessed with an abundance of loving, supportive people and I am one of them.

Good luck to you on this journey of recovery (and for Bobby, too). You are an amazing human being.

Unknown said...

Bravo Michael,

You are in my prayers.


Lisa Lum said...

To Michael --

We don't know you, but we are very glad that someone like you exists in our world.
It's a better place because of you.

Thinking of you and wishing you a swift recovery.

Don't change!

Lisa, Mike, Inigo, Dane,
Josie Dog & Gordo Gecko

from Berkeley, CA

Conway said...

Micheal Keenan......damn, sorry to hear about you in this way. You are a true hero brother.
Its Marc from SF415 Jean Co. Tony sent me the article. Sending you Big Love from NYC....I have faith you will bounce back from this. You will be in our hearts and prayers.

OtherOne1976 said... is so incredible to think of your courage and caring towards both people and animals. You are a true hero, and I will keep you in my thoughts as you recover. You are a special human being.

Unknown said...

Michael, I wish the swiftest recovery possible. I can only hope that I would act with such courage in a similar situation. Heroes do exist in real life. You prove that.

Mitch in Seattle

sxs13 said...

Michael - We haven't been in touch for years, but I will always remember Christmas time 2001 at Terry's watching you on the news and calling you HeroMan. My thoughts have been with you often and I'm praying for your recovery.

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Unknown said...

Michael, Be well. I still owe you a big favor for Christmas Day. You are truly incredible.

Sandy said...

I have posted information on helping with Bobby's medical care on my web log at

Thank you Michael for your heroism.

Robin Del Pozzo (Carrier) said...

Michael - My thoughts and prayers are with you. As cousins, i really wish that i had the opportunity to know you better. The world has a shortage of people like you, and i am so honored that we are related!

Take care, Hero!


Unknown said...

Michael, I don't know you but you will be in my prayers and the prayers of my friends whom I've told of your bravery and huge heart. I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet so I was deeply moved by your actions to save little Bobby. Please know how many people are out here rooting for you, a man we've never met.

I will also be donating to the Wells Fargo fund se and I strongly encourage everyone reading and/or posting to do the same. Let's give Michael one less thing to worry about when he's out of the hospital recovering!

Unknown said...


Thank you for being such a great and wonderful person. I have not met you, but I wish there are more people like you in this world.

Get well soon!


Unknown said...

Hey Michael
You are a brave and crazy man, and I'm humbled by your selflessness.
I wish you the speediest of recoveries - I'm rooting for you, and poor little Bobby too.

(PS - I met you once - I am an English friend of Louise and Jonathan's - She emailed me about the accident)

Nell said...

What a wonderful human being. Some don't understand that your pet is simply another family member and worth just as much as a human life. Thank God someone who understands that was around to save Bobby. May God bless you and speed your recovery, Michael. You're in my prayers.

quitcoffee said...

Micheal! You along with Stacie and the whole Maniac gang are the reason I stayed in California! Because ya'll changed my life! Fight for you life and please get well soon. You are in my prayers.

BROOKKA1 said...

Michael --

You obviously have incredible heroic instincts! Each member in my family has an assigned pet to take care of in case of an emergency, and I totally understand your willingness to go back in to save the dog. A life is a life, be it human or animal.

Please know that many people have been touched by the story of your selfless acts.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Marc said...


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. I offer you and your family my sincere wishes for a full and healthy recovery, and my never-ending admiration and deepest respect for your ultimate act of selflessness and compassion. Your actions give me hope for mankind and will inspire me to continue to make sacrifices for mankind and animals alike.


yvonne said...

stay with us mike
the world cannot afford to lose people like you
you are in our prayers
your freinds
yvonne and mike

lin gentry said...

Michael, thank you so much for your amazing courage, heroism & humanity. And my golden retriever Tucker thanks you as well. As a retired firefighter and an inveterate dog lover, I can well imagine that I too would have been unable to resist running back in for Bobby. Bless you, Man for your incredible heart! I know your recovery will be difficult and challenging and am pulling for you with every fiber of my being. I will also take your financial cause to the women firefighters with whom I meet (planning an international conference of women firefighters in April in Oakland) and make every effort to help in whatever small way we can to help defray the herculean effort of getting you well. Peace to you, my brother, and all the love we can muster. lin gentry, Oakland, CA

Stephen said...


Your old roomate here from Judah Street in SFO ... Way too much time with no contact and way too many memories of Mattie, Zoe, Tim, Amy & Joe, the river etc. All of my/our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of recovery. I know you are a fighter and this is only one more battle that you will "WIN". Hang in there my friend ....

Peace ...

Stephen, Tim & Zoe

Jeannette said...

Dear Michael,

I heard a moving sermon by Douglass Fitch at Glide Memorial recently. He talked of a father of two young children who threw himself over a man who had fallen under a train, saving his life. Reverend Fitch said humanity stood taller that day. Humanity stood taller and stronger still the day you saved Bobby. I don’t know you but I thank you. I am praying for you and for Bobby and for all who know you.

You give me hope.

Jeannette Regala Smith

Jen Jewels said...

Michael, I don't know you, but am so touched by your story! There are no words to describe what a hero you are! Not only to Bobby, but every animal lover out there. I love you for going back in for Bobby. You have so many fans pulling for yours and Bobby's SPEEDY recovery. My thoughts are with you!!
San Francisco, CA

Unknown said...

I don't know Michael, but I live in the city, have a dog and would be devastated if she were killed in a fire. I am contributing to the fund for Michael's medical bills because San Francisco needs to keep this guy around.

Unknown said...

You are an amzingly selfless, compassionate person and I wish you as painless and as speedy a recovery as possible. You are a true hero.

Melissa said...

I do not know you, but I know your Aunt Debbie in Maine. I want to express how impressed I am with you for going that extra mile and doing such a heroic act. I am sorry that you were so badly hurt, but I hope you pull through this soon! My prayers are with you. You are truely an inspiration to many people, and your selfless acts of kindness to human beings and animals have made you a true hero in my book. I wish there were more people out there like you. Melissa in Portland Maine Dog lover and(Hurricane Katrina Volunteer for the dogs and cats.

Swobo said...

Hey Michael,

SWOBO and the rest of the SF Garmento Cartel are pulling for you. Get out soon....we wish you the best.

Tim Parr

Unknown said...


You are some man for one man and you will always be. keep youre head up and be patient, and a good patient.. you will get through this i know you will buddy.
My love is with you as, is everyone you know.

Will be checkin in on you, so you'd better be gettin better.

Love you always,

Jamie & Eithne.

Olga said...

I just read your story on SFGATE.COM. You're an amazing soul! I wish I had a friend like you. You're in my thoughts and prayers.


Antonia DeMichiel said...

Hi my name is Antonia and I am 16 years old. I read about you in the SF Chronicle this morning. I'm truly amazed and deeply touched by your heroic actions. Stay strong and best wishes for a smooth recovery.

Garrett said...

Michael, we lost touch when you moved to L.A., but me and some of your friends were just talking about you the other day.
Then I saw the newspaper today. Buddy, you have to beat this because we've got way too much to catch up on. There is still too much fun we have to share in. I'm keeping the faith for you.

Unknown said...

Hi Michael - now I have two reasons to wish you stayed in Venice. But of course if it wasn't for you, Bobby would have faired much worse and you wouldn't be serving as such an inspiration to so many people. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

-Persephene (Carolyn's friend who had just moved to Venice)

Unknown said...

Mike, it's Scott Boisvert from Maine, we were in 4th grade together...I hope you're ok man, saw what happened on WCSH 6 tonite at 6...I sometimes wondered what you ended up doing with yourself. Be strong bro and pull thru, the world needs more people like you.

All my best,


Pammy said...

To my darling cousin Michael---I just wanted to tell you that I love you and have memories of the day you were born, your little suits, your smile, inner beauty, your happiness and ability to make others happy when they were w/ you--Being 10 years older than you and 10 years younger than your mother, gave me a unique perspective but I do remember the Bloody Mary Marathon I went to at 25 and turned around and saw you--invited because already you were captivating and fun and charismatic--but we both decided -for different reasons--not to tell our mothers we saw each other--We still have at least one more of those in us--I think I do!! you are such a great role model for my kids amd almost a legend in this household.. Mom's ready to make you porcupine's --I can smell them now.. I am praying to every God i know and Allison has told me which Wicken candles to light.. Buddha will keep me mindfuland in the moment and all my stregnth is being sent to you..I love you, my dear... Pammy xxxxoooo

Helen Fong said...

Aloha Michael:
What an amazing person you are!!
I read of your demise on the SF Chronicle. You are one in a million; you risked your life for another living being-twice.
You do not know me, but the world knows of special beings such as you; am sending money to WFB to help.
aloha no,
Helen F.

Simon said...

Michael, Your actions the other night are enough to leave us speechless. They represent the epitome of selflessness and courage. Please keep on fighting your way through this. And I'm so glad we got to see each other last summer in Maine!
Kristen and Eric

And a quote:
"When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked 'What is a hero?' …My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences… Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
---Christopher Reeve

GGCC said...

We prayed for Michael and little Bobby tonight at our English Fellowship. Your actions were righteous.
From all of us here in Burlingame

Jason said...

Hang in there Michael!!! Your a Hero in every Sense of the word!
See ya soon!


Nina Joy said...

Hi Michael, I was on Craigslist emailing folks wanting pets the postings' of folks looking to get rid of their pets...and then I read about you and like so many other bloggers...I am praying for your recovery and wishing there was a way I could absorb some of the physical pain from your body. Tonight I will light a candle and offer you a healing prayer. I feel that all animals everywhere are suffering a little less because of the selfless sacrifice you made.

Unknown said...


Hope you're resting well, JD here wishing you the best. RD said they called him on your cell phone, because you had him listed as "Doctor"!

Oh man, we love ya and are thinking of you, ya Maine-iac you. We are so proud of you.

JD & Pi (& RD of course)

Koko said...

Michael, I don't know you but I too am routing for you. You are an amazing person. Keep Fighting Michael! WE LOVE YOU!

Renee G said...

I don't know you Michael, but thank you for being such an amazing human being. I read your story in the Chronicle with my friend's Jack Russell I'm watching sitting on my lap. I was so moved, I wanted to send you my very best wishes.

My dear friend, Charlie, was fighting his tough fight over the holidays. Reading all the heartfelt wishes, many from complete strangers, on his web site really kept us going. It is obvious you too are loved very much, have touched many and have truly made a difference.

Hang in there... best wishes in your recovery.
Renee in SF

K.O. said...

I am just amazed at your selfless act, you truly are a hero. I read about how you rescued Bobby on and want you to know that there is a forum there and dog lovers from all over the world are praying for you. God bless you, you're a remarkable man! I'll leave you with this quote...

Nothing is given to man on earth --struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible--

the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen....Andrew Bernstein

Pat, Rio and Lexey said...

You are probably one of the most inspiring people I have ever read about. You are more than a hero in my are one amazing human being. If I could I would take upon my own body some of your pain so that you would not have to go through such a long recovery. I know you will recover because you have the strength of spirit to do this.
My prayers are with you. You have touched the hearts of all that have read your story. May God be with you through this recovery and may you know and feel the strength of all that are praying for you. I only wish that there were more people like you in this world. God bless you and little Bobby. I will be adding to your fund...simply because I as a fellow dog lover at least owe you that. Speedy recovery and the best for you in your life endeavors that lie ahead for you.
Pat, Rio and Lexey...

Jon Sullberg said...

Michael, my thoughts are with you. Our all nighter rambeling on RD's boat will always be remembered, Get well soon so that we can do it again.

Otto Wright said...

Hey Michael James,
As usual, you do things in a big way and with that certain Keenan style! You are amazing.
This news really is really upsetting, Buddy, but you are a champion so I'm confident that you will come through this and go on to super hero status.
I love and miss you, Amigo. Get well soon, then come spend some recovery time in Prague (we do have a spare room for you).

Scott Horton said...

Mikey--I'm thinking of you so strongly, remembering back to when you worked for me in SF, how much I have always enjoyed your company, your aesthetic, your humor. A painting of yours hangs prominently in our living room. So get well, my friend; I want to hear of your "stupid construction moves" when you are on the mend. Best from Leslie as well. Love,

Pamela Davis said...

I wished I had phoned you a couple of weeeks ago when I heard you were back in San Francisco. You are truly a special person, keenybud. To talking to you soon.

Pam Davis (ppenguin)

Biffcho said...

With the internet and worldwide news access that we all have today, we can hear good and bad stories from anywhere anytime. However, I am simply touched be Michael's story. I was a cop for a few years and have done a few things, even saved a dog by crawling in a tiny hole in the ground, and I can say that in the rare instance when you do something selfless like this, you don't think about recognition. At most, it is a quick thought about the value of helping someone. There is no thought about how great it will be to be called a hero (and I certainly am not comparing crawling in a hole for a dog to what Michael has done). My hunch is that Michael, a person I don't even know, just did this because of a split second judgment of what is right combined with his overall nature as a person. I worry that calling Michael a hero, even to his face, will mean nothing to him. He needs help, and that is why I am donating money. But still, if Michael reads this when he gets out, I want to say that both of the things you have done are truly great things. They are acts of giving and sacrifice, and although they have no direct impact on my life, I thank you, and I wish you a full recovery.

kristin nala said...

What an amazing, incredible human being!!

I've never meet Michael, but my boss Stacie Krajchir is one of his very good friends and flew to SF the night of the fire. When I heard what had actually happened and read the article I was at school and can say I was completely overwhelmed by his sense of heroism and love of others, I just started crying. It's not often today you find someone as special as Michael is. Someone who truly cares about others and has such an amazing heart. Everyone at the office has Michael and Bobby in our prayers and wish for all the best and are a hopeful for a speedy recovery.

Praying for you,

Jeannie Stone said...

Sweet Michael,
It's been a long time but I think of you often when I recall all those parties and all the fun times we enjoyed and all the friends we shared - I used to be Jean Ets-Hokin and shared the warehouse with you during those crazy Maine-iac days...I'm rooting for you, I know you're going to survive this... with your incredible love for life and it's dangers...something like this won't keep you down...get well soon so I can bring Jeremiah and Jordana in to meet a real super hero!!
Much Love
Jeannie Stone

Ursa said...

Michael, I don't know you, but I imagine all who do are better for it. You are truly a hero, selfless and brave. I wish you a quick and complete recovery.

The world needs more like you!

Kitai said...

Michael I've never met you but had to say that you are the kind of guy I would want as a friend. Such selflessness in this day and age are nothing short of a miracle. To answer the call once to save a human is amazing. To answer the call a second time to save a dog? Truly heroic. Bless your kind and caring heart. I'm sure your friends and family know that the prayers of many are surrounding you at all times from all corners of the country... Here is another to protect and heal you.

Thank you for all that you've done and for just being the AMAZING and wonderful person that you are.

GinaNet said...

Michael, what a better place the world would be if everyone was like you. I will think of you often and pray for a speedy recovery (for Bobby too). I have no doubt that if anyone can pull through something like this it would be someone like you. Hang in there. Know that many people are amazed and inspired by your selflessness and courage.

Gina Downey
San Diego

JCarter said...

As it was in the past and as it will be in the future, we're all here for you. I know it's not going to be easy but I've never known you to take the easy path. We'll be biking to the Beach Chalet for pints in no time. As usual, I'll let you pay. Wish I could be closer for your recovery. But not a big deal. Whenever you're ready to start your therapy, I'll come up and spend as much time with you as possible. We all will. Charlie raised a good master. We won't let her or Bobby down.

MC said...

Michael, you are in my thoughts. My own brother Michael was seriously burned as a child, and while technology is so much better now I fully know the very long and difficult path to recovery in front of you. Please know you now have thousands of new fans and supporters around the country who are rooting for your speedy recovery. And hopefully many of them will donate towards your medical bills, as I will do as soon as I complete this posting. Your courage and actions are an inspiration.

Unknown said...

Hey Michael,
It's your old upstairs neighbor Joshua, (photographer).
You have my deepest respect and admiration.
My heart and prayers go out to you.
Joshua Ets-Hokin

Unknown said...

Hey Michael,
It's your old upstairs neighbor Joshua, (photographer).
You have my deepest respect and admiration.
My heart and prayers go out to you.
Joshua Ets-Hokin

Barbara & Bill said...

I've just finished reading the comments here. Barbara and I have always known Michael was truly special as a child growing up. What we didn't fully realize is just how special a man that child has become. Proof of that is here, in all your encouraging and loving comments. We love you all and thank you for your comments and support.
Barbara & Bill

Jim Branscom said...

From Columbus:

Michael--I am so very moved by your truly heroic selfless deed. If the world can be a place where even the littlest and least of God's creatures are so valued--then think how very much better off the WHOLE of creation will be.

Michael your act makes that vision a living reality.

I will be fervently praying for full recovery for both you and Bobby.

Chase said...


It was such a pleasant surprise running into you the other day. I was looking forward to hanging out and catching up sometime soon.

Your bravery knows no limits. You are one of a kind.

Wishing you the best in your recovery, please stay strong, and let me know if you ever need anything.


tiny fishes said...

Michael-my friend Rand wrote to me about you this afternoon. I live in Washington State and read your story and though I am far away, I have my arms around you and yours, tenderly.
Your strong magic has reached far into the world, Michael. I want you to know I can feel it from here.
prayers and poems,

SnowWalker said...

Michael, your heroism is something that we should ALL strive for. Our prayers for your recovery are ongoing. Thank you for being who you are.

Snow and her dogs
Godiva, Sawyer and Haze

r.d. the doctor said...

hey brother,
i am with you, watching over you and you know that even if the road of life has a few potholes in it, you magically come along and fix them. so here is to sharing that special bottle that we talked about! and to know my prayers and love are there with's
to you waking up soon...
peace, doc

Xoxi said...

Dearest Michael~

Its been a loooong time! I'm so sorry to hear about whats happened, and I wish you a speedy recovery. You're an amazing person.

PVig said...

Keenan, Keenan, Keenan!!!

The river of tears from Maine flow westward, somehow, with deepest concern of how you are doing but change, I know, with the winds of hope and healing and love behind them. You are so loved and have such a special place in our hearts, Michael, forever, that you just need to know this today.

deb said...

all of these comments have been heart warming and comforting. with all these good thoughts and prayers comng his way can God not help but notice? I see an aura of love and healing surounding Michael and his care givers.It's nice to see he is so well loved. Keep it coming. Keep sending good energy Michael's way for full and complete recovery. Love his aunt Deb

fiorella said...

Michael I live in Italy,your story has arrived here too, I don't know you but as a dog lover as you are I'll never forget you. Keep fighting for yourself now, I'll have you in my prayers

Unknown said...

Keenan, I heard about this through a friend of mine in SF. Cynthia and I are wishing you the best. Can't wait to get back on the tennis court with you. Thanks for inspiring us to be better people...

David Dea & Cynthia Windle

linda said...

Michael, We are keeping in touch with Barbara and Bill about your condition. Your actions were remarkably brave, not only on this occasion, but when you dove into the icy waters of the Bay to save a woman you did not know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cousin Dickie and Lucette
Saco, Maine

linda said...

Michael, It has been such a long time since I have seen you, but I think of you often. I get updates from Barbara and Pam. I'm sure your mother is watching over you from above, and I will be praying for you.
Cousin Linda

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your compassion and incredible bravery! With all the stories of animal cruelty and abuse these days, you are such an inspiration and give us hope that real human decency does exist. I wish you and Bobby speedy recoveries and I hope you know how many people who don't even know you are pulling for you.
God Bless You!

Tucson, AZ

animallover said...

WOW... Is all I have to say for you. You are a amazing person. It is nice to see someone can care so much much for others these days. So many of us just forget about other living things.
YOur an amazing guy!
My prayer will be with you and the little dog to pull through this!

mj said...

Hi Michael,
We're sending you healing energy from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. My mother remembers you fondly as the cute boy with the wrinkled clothes. She has her entire church congregation praying for you! Our thoughts are with you. Hugs, Maryjane (Egan) Johnston & family

kkeegan said...

Miguel Twombley,
Your family from Maine is here. You are stronger than all of us. I hope you are soaring that ethereal plane of bliss in this strange time and you see us smiling … everyone that ever met you is weeping but smiling as they remember laughing with you. You have always been so effortlessly strong and made lemonade when we were the ones given the lemons. I miss you and love you and so do thousands. We're here when you wake up.
Guidance, brother

Paulette said...

Michael; I don't know you but my friend Jason in Reno has been keeping me up to date on your progress. I have also sent your name out on several prayer chains, praying for the medical people who are taking care of you and for your recovery.

You are cared about and an inspiration to alot of people. May God Bless you and hold you in his arms giving you comfort and peace.


Heather Rosnow- Laarif said...

If it was not for Michael Keenan, I would not be alive today. He is my hero and the most courageous person I have ever met. My prayers are with Michael and all his family and friends. I am here anytime and look forward to meeting all of you.
Heather Rosnow- Laarif

Darci D. said...

Michael...where do I have my heart and soul...
My Hero, what you did that fateful Tuesday is just one of the many reasons why I love you so much! I'm so proud of the progress you're making everyday and I know you will get through this. Can't wait till I can hear that voice of yours Babe. Love you always...

ellen said...

If it were not for Michael my life would be a very different landscape today. He rescued my friend from drowning that day in 2001. Every day I am thankful that she is in my life. He is important to so many people and his actions tumble down and affect so many lives. I could only hope to act so instinctively as he has done which illustrates his belief that all life is precious. We pray for his continual progress every day and are so thankful he is with us.

laurie said...

Dear Michael, YHS friends are extremely concerned and are praying that you can pull through and have a healthy recovery. You can do this. The love for you is very evident. Hang on to those close to you and reach your goals one day at a time....
I'll never forget singing Rickie Lee Jones songs with you over a few keg beers.
Love and Peace,
Laurie (Peterson) Yarmouth, Maine

Unknown said...


Your story has touched the lives of people all over the world now. You are loved even by perfect strangers who pray for your safe return to their world.

Can't wait to see your smiling face again.


JessandTye said...

Hi Michael, Grammy called me and told me there was a blog for you. It just seems so surreal... Even though our family is stretched like fingers across the country, they've clenched into a fist in order to pray for you and help give you strength.

I could hope for a hundred things, but I just really hope that you know how much my family loves you and how much they want you to get better.

Jess, Tye & Drew

I Live Here said...


You are amazing and a true hero.

Your lightheartedness and charm are what I remember from high school, and it's obvious that you have given that to so many people...and much the form of absolute selflessness. I'm awed, as are so many people.

Rebecca Marston YHS '81

Unknown said...

I remember that beret that Arne always wore in St. John. He would regale me with stories of the "Maine-iac guys" and promise that I would become part of the circle. Thankfully, that came to pass.

Your captivating soul lives in my thoughts as always brother and your generous heart inspires us all.

Be tough and be strong. We are here for you — as you have been for us so many times.

much love,

Unknown said...

I am well aquainted with Bobby, as I worked with his dogfather, Scott, and often walked and sat for Bobby. I haven't met you, but what touches me the most is how many people you have touched, not just from your heroic actions, but in your everyday life. You are blessed with a tremendous amount of friends and family who love you. I wish you the best in your recovery and I thank your friends and family for their support in your recovery as well.

Jill J.
San Francisco

Unknown said...

please take care. you are a very kind and courageous human being :)

lisa said...

Michael, I don't know you either, but you are quite a man. If there were more people like you, the world would be a better place. My thoughts are with you as you recover and I wish you only the very best.

randcrook said...

Mikey, my good brother. I love you you freakin Maine-iac angel/superhero. We should all be so brave and selfless, but we aren't. Come on out when you're ready and we'll celebrate our birthdays together when Springtime blossoms. Hang in there. You've got a fine nurse or two I can see, although they kicked me out from the ICU. Heal brother Heal. We're all cryin and prayin and dancing and rallying for your repair.

Love your new wings!

yours truly

ps. Thanks for the bluejeans, they fit perfectly.

Mark Erickson said...


Everyone at Erickson Outdoors is pulling for you....


Unknown said...

hey bro,

it's been a long time but i know, like always, you will tackle this challenge with style and have many more rewarding years to enjoy. hang in there!
Tom Wright,(aka Curveball's twin).

Unknown said...

Video on Michael's story here from a Maine TV station:

Hannah said...

I read the article in the Chronicle a few days ago and couldn't believe it. I am thinking about Michael and his family and friends during such a hard time. He sounds like an amazing guy and I respect what he has done. Sending my love...

puppydogpelican said...

Wow, you are truly a HERO. If only all humans would be like you. You and Bobby are in my thoughts and prayers. You have many friends,family, and strangers all rooting for you. YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON. =)

puppydogpelican said...

WOW, You are truly a HERO. If only all humans would be like you. You and Bobby are in my thoughts.

BogeyDog said...

Hi Michael. I don't have the priviledge to know you personally, but I just wanted to say you are my hero. We can only wish more humans had a heart like yours. You are a wonderful, special person. Hang in there!!! You, your family, and your friends are in my thoughts & prayers. On behalf of all animal lovers, thank you for what you did. I know you are hurting now for it, but just know that your soul is protected and you are loved for your kind heart.

Deb Holbrook said...

It is true that the success of a person is not measured by material things but the size of his heart and how it touches the hearts of others throughout life. I do not know you personally, but after reading the heroic and selfish act that you performed for another living creature, you strenghten my faith in kindness and love and the reason we are here to begin with. May God's blessed hand be upon you throughout your recovery. And you will recover! Peace to you and thank you. Deb Holbrook

Unknown said...

Michael,what an incredible person you are. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Bobby. Both of you get well; the world is a better place with you in it.

Unknown said...

Michael, Still checkin in on you from very far away. I wish i could be there with you to see you. Keep piossitive we are all thinking of you. Dublin, Ireland / Australia.

All my best,


Cynthia Carley said...

I don't know you but I know alot about you. I visited you today and spoke to your friends. I wanted to see for myself what a courageous, fearless and extraordinarily kind human being would look like. Keep fighting, the world has more miracles for you to accomplish. May you, your family and friends feel all the love and light being generated for you.
God Bless you,

Unknown said...

What a wonderful person Michael James Keenan is... he is so inspiring, and the story of what he did and how he is fighting for his life has really saddened me. I hope he gets stronger each day and if he dreams, he is surrounded in them by all the loving friends and admiration and thousands of well-wishers. I hope he awakens on a beautiful morning and that he will be pain free and surrounded by those he loves. He deserves it!

rsc said...

hey mike, hope your recovery is speedy, complete, and as pain free as possible. often wondered about you and what you might be up to. after reading all these comments it would be nice to fill in the gaps someday. i always remembered your smiling face. your demeanor transcended social strata and was (is) comforting to more than a few. get well soon. russ campbell

Barbara & Bill said...

Our lives are warmed beyond belief at the outpouring of encouragement of all here. Since the Sunday report, Michael had a very tough night Monday, but we understand the current situation is improved since Monday night, and all is as well as can be expected. We've been reading some about the surgery and therapy that lies ahead for Michael, especially with his hands, since that is how he creates his life. It will be long, arduous, painful, and expensive but it will be worth it, and we will encourage and help him in every way we can.
God bless you and keep you safe, Michael ...
Aunt Barb & Bill
also known as ... AB & UB
Scarborough, Maine

PS: We just had the greatest porcupine supper last night and we can't wait to have you join us for another.

Pammy said...

Dear Michael,
Happy Valentine's day--We are having a blizzard of Nor'easta' proprotions here in Maine and as the snow falls ,I think of you, and know you will be well -because your friends from everywhere are a testament to who you are as a human being and what you have given to all whose lives you have touched.."Friendship"

Such love I cannot analyze;
It does not rest in lips and eyes, Neither in kisses or caress.
Partly, I know, it's gentleness

And understanding in one word
Or in brief letters. It's preserved
By trust and respect and awe.
These are the words I'm feeling for.

Two people,yes, two lasting friends.
The giving comes,the taking ends.
There is no measure for such things.
For this all Nature slows and sings.

Elizabeth Jennings(poet)
My love and prayers and thanks to all who are there with you when we can not--and to you, the snow flies--I think of you..keep fighting the good fight. Love xxxooo, Pammy

Lunden said...

I'm in a band with your old friend Mark C. We had practice the night he got word about your burns. His heart was heavy that night, and when he told me your story, mine was too. He had such good things to say about you. I have thought of you every day since then and wish you well. I am a dog-lover, too.

CJI said...

The last time I saw you we passed each other at 3 dollar dewies 20 years ago. Neither of us had time to talk and I often regret that. We have such busy lives and life can throw some aweful punches. We should not take friends or the time with friends for granted. I saw a movie some time ago that I only came away with a quote (must not have been a very good movie) - "what man is a man that does not make the world a better place". Mike you need to fight on. Your work is not done here. You have so many more souls to touch and harden hearts to soften.

Chris Irivne YHS '82

Judy said...


It's been years...
I'm one of the lucky ones to have had the opportunity to know you. I wish you all the best and know that you must be feeling all of this love that's out there for you!

Judy Masliyah

Dolores King said...

Hi Michael!

Everyone of us are very selfish people and do not want you to go, therefore, you are staying. With the help of God and the Angels, or whatever is that you believe in, we will see you soon.

Stuart, FL

andiamo said...

Michael, Though I've never had the good fortune to meet you in person, our lives have crossed paths through many mutual friends over the years—both here in Maine and in San Francisco.

Your story has touched my heart so deeply, and there is rarely a minute that goes by that I'm not thinking about you and pulling for you. You are truly a remarkable person with so much courage. You are an inspiration to all of us. Be strong, friend!

Karen said...

I have never met you but when I read your story in the S.F. Examiner, I was so completely touched. You are the kindest, most selfless person and you are rare. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will keep donating to the fund your friends have set up for you and follow your progress until you are well. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a wonderful person. And I'm sure you know this, but you really do have a great set of friends who love you. The way they they got together, got the story out there, set up the fund and the website immediately shows that.
Karen in S.F.

The Airechicks said...

Thank you - What a wonderful person you must truly be.

God speed both you and Bobby...

My prayers will be for yours and Bobby's recovery....

Old school Raoul said...


Reading these posts gives all of us, who are daily in the ICU, immense support, knowing that our love for Michael is bolstered by so many of you out there, everywhere.

Thank you so much.

His fight is our fight, and we need all the help he/we can get.

Spread the word, keep the faith, fight the fight.

Linda Perron Scala said...

Dear Michael,
It's been many years since kissing tag in the fields behind Aunt Barb's house. What fun we had as youngsters! I am sending positive energy your way and all of my prayers and communions have been offered up for you. Stay strong friend. Remember when you made your First Communion totally by accident at our church in So. Portland on a Sunday afternoon visit? Jesus is still with you Michael; otherwise, you wouldn't be here fighting. He's not finished with your heroism yet...He has more plans and more good works for you. God bless and rest well... You have a long road ahead of you.

jafabrit said...

What a special person you are Michael, in so many ways to so many people. Even to a stranger like me your actions have touched my heart. I send my prayers to you and your family, and doggie prayers for the darling pooch you saved.
corrine in yellow springs, ohio

JDW said...

Michael, we've never met, but we're actually distant relatives (my father, who passed away in 2003, was cousins with Barbara Boynton). Jason B. is a dear friend of mine, I think of him as a brother in every aspect of the word. I know he looks up to you, and so do I from afar. Your selfless actions leave me speechless. I am saddened to hear the news but hopeful for you because you have a family that loves you dearly. I too have a special relationship with my pet and would hope that I would have the courage to do what you have done. I wish you the very best in your recovery. My thoughts are with you.
James Wright
South Portland, Maine

Tootie said...

I don't know you Michael, but would be proud to know you. It is no wonder that you have so many friends. You are my hero for saving the life of Bobby. God Bless you, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Seaside, Ca

Unknown said...

your selfless act is so incredible. you are a true inspiration to the world.

may peace be with you and your recovery swift.

Unknown said...

Michael, if most people were like u, this would be a better world, a wonderful world! Ur story has amazed me and brought tears to my eyes as well. Ur story makes it worth living! I can't even call u a hero, it doesn't seem enough, there is simply no word to describe what u've done...u're really an amazing person! Thank u for being u!
Seattle, WA

Lulu Lee said...

Your heroism will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lulu Lee
Oakland, CA

Dasoham said...

Good to know that Michael is recovering well. Is there any news on how bobby is doing?

Unknown said...


So glad to hear of your progress.

Thanks to the people who are by Michael's side and thanks for keeping us posted.

Love from Switzerland,

Terri A. said...

Hi Michael,
It's Terri Crawford Anthoine from Maine. You may or may not remember me but I think I'm your fourth cousin (maybe first cousin four times removed?) or however our parents tried to explain it to us! Your Mom and my mom were second or third cousins, and we still keep in touch with Barbara and Bill. I came across this blog through the Portland Press Herald today and wanted to send you a note to let you know I am praying for your swift recovery. You are a true hero and a remarkable person to do what you did. My two dogs, Sadie and Kiley, shout out a big "bark" to Bobby and hope he will be playing with his friends soon. Take care and I'll check back in later. With love, Terri

Terri A. said...

I forgot one thing... what in the world is a porcupine dinner? I think we all need to know! Terri

Terri A. said...

I forgot one thing... what in the world is a porcupine dinner? I think we all need to know! Terri

Barbara & Bill said...

Terri my dear, a porcupine dinner is like nothing you ever ate before, because if you ate one you'd be hooked for life. First, you need to scout the back roads and find fresh-killed porcupine. Once you find one, you need to remove all the quills (they make good pens).... aww shucks I can't do this to you, you're too sweet. A porcupine dinner is a meatball recipe, using rice in the meatballs. There's more to it than that, but the rice kinda looks like quills. The best part of the meatball and sauce is the doglips!! Yummy!! They are the best, especially when Aunt Barb makes 'em.
The Ticklin Man

Steve said...

Steve"Uncle Buzz" from Oakland, Micheal, when your up and around again I'm taking you to Burning man! All seriousness aside, I'm pullin for you Big Guy, I know you can do it. When I heard the news I wasn't surprised at all to hear that you ran back in the fire to save the pooch. Its just like you Micheal, Big hearted,selfless. Get well Bro, maybe we'll fly in Dion Warwick

chrisgibson said...

From YHS ( Yarmouth High School mates living in San Francisco) Chris Gibson, John Palmer, Sarah Morrison. I believe the HS slogan GFG is in order...Go Fuckin Gettem...that means fight hard to survive this very significant challenge. YIKES! You have scared the hell out of us and we want you to be well and take good care. My bros. John and Roger are also pulling hard for you. I went to the wine auction fundraiser around the corner from the fire and in my old neighborhood. You have some really wonderful friends and everyone in the Russian Hill neighborhood is really supporting you. Owen was there he is not leaving your side til u r ok. I heard u were moving to is the best place on earth to live...come enjoy it....and soon. Be well. Chris

Karen said...

I keep checking in here daily to hear about the progress you are making. I'm so glad you are improving. My Mom was burned very badly when I was a teen, so I know what you are going through. You will pull through this.You have your wonderful friends and the love and admiration of everyone all over the world who has heard about you. Keep fighting. When you are well enough to see people, I have to meet you!

Unknown said...

A note to Michael:
I can't wait until you are able to read all of these wonderful notes of well wishes. Messages from your family, your friends and those like me, strangers from around the world.
Wishing I could wave the 'magic wand' and all would be right again,
Most fondly,
Jane Attina
Northeast Ohio

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Hello to everyone. We will keep all of this live for Michael and we are also making a scrap book of all your beautiful/funny/charming messages. Michael has a long road but we are getting great reports from the doctors and with lots of support he will be fine. Please keep sharing his story and sending your love and wishes. To those who do not know Michael, thank you for your kindness, it will mean the world to him.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Michael, Lisa here, Goldenboy Pizza counter-hag extrordinaire! I hear so often about these crazy random injuries people sustain and when it happens to someone you know it is so hard to take. It doesnt matter that I havent had contact with you since 1992. What matters is that you were my freind and that you touched my life. I have often wondered where you were and even tried to find maineiac over the years. I am glad to know you have continued to be the kind of person I am proud to call my freind. It is an extraordinary thing that you did. Going back inside to save a life. Human or otherwise. I'm sure you knew you were taking a big risk. and sometimes we pay for our risks, but hopefully we still take them. I am grateful that you didnt pay with your life. I will be thinking of you often still and wish you the fastest painfree recovery possible. peace.

Nicole said...

Hi Michael -- More than your actions, which were more selfless than any of us can imagine ourselves in similar circumstances, it is your spirit that shines through in the media accounts of your story. It's clear you are: bright, caring, fun-loving, and filled with light. That's why so many of these folks that don't know you (like myself), feel like they do, or could, or would. We'd be friends, I can tell. So -- theoretical friend, you have this incredibly difficult, long slog of recovery ahead of you. (I'm an artist type too, and had a residency that involved children in burn units of a hospital -- so I have just a glimpse.) You will need all the fortitude you can muster. But we know you have courage in spades, and a great support system of people who love you. Two key ingredients. And now you have a third: absolute strangers rooting like hell for you. I hope as the media spotlight fades that you (and your loved ones) will not feel that you will fade from our minds -- you will not. Your actions have imprinted your spirit into our hearts, indelibly.

Best of luck, and carrying you in my heart,

Nicole in Alameda

andiamo said...

Whoever posted the medical update yesterday, thank you. I look every day (if not several times a day!) and really appreciate knowing what is going on with Michael's recovery. Please keep the updates coming.

I am also curious about the pet situation. Is there any update on our friend Bobby? Please fill us in! Is he okay?

"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-Albert Camus

nancy said...

hi's your old pal Nancy...Rite Spot....Slow Club...yeah, from way back...I'm still shlepping at the wharf and I miss your visits! I came by to see you last week...they wouldn't let me in your room...I'm too germy..which is understandable...I did get to see you from behind the glass window and I saw your heart beating and it gave me great comfort...I like to think you knew I was there...ha ha...I left you a CD of some of your favorite songs...a little Dionne...ABBA...the Carpenters...whoops...maybe I shouldn't have said that...I hope someone plays it for you...I have a copy too and I listen to it all day long! I am getting sick of some of the songs, but not Dionne's...I saw your sweet pals Dave and Raoul the other nite at the wine bar benefit...great guys...xoxo...also I'm friends with Bobby...he is doing really well and is responding to visitors and is eating and standing and barking and wagging his cute little tail...I plan to visit him soon...well, that's all for now...I was going to tell you about a dream I had, but I'll save it for another time...see you soon Michael...lots of love, nancy

dMac said...

I was in a fire
I saw a moment where a best friend might not make it out
Really it was the friend of a best friend
A dear friend’s dog
The flames did not see my compassion
And had no compassion for me
They spared my life
But took some of my liveliness

The specially trained folks at hospital
Dressed in their complex pajamas
Started in poking and fussing from my head to my toes
Those toes that balanced my feet
Those feet that pushed my body
Back into a fire I had fled
Out of my body and all in my head
I never thought I wouldn’t make it
I’m not insane
That’s how I remain

My family, friends, and other who knew
What had happened
And to whom
Came to see, to give their good feelings
To someone who had lost some of theirs
Someone they love
Those people who care
I could feel them all
In a mysterious way
Through the pain
The numbness
The clouds and the rain
The fog that had built up on my windshield
As I defrost it’s them that links me to where I’ve been
The days before everything became foreign
And scary

How is that dog
What will this rocky road be like
This road I’m now on
Where will it take me
And what will I do when I get there
I know these people around me
And inside me will be there too
And that’s what it’s taking to get me through
To get me from what’s old
To what’s new

I was fine before
Inside and out
I’ll be just fine no doubt
And that kind of fine will always be mine
It’s my personal flame that will never burn out

deb said...

Thank you all for the thoughts and the updates. To Michael's devoted friends thanks for being his home and family.If this tragedy had to happen, I was so glad he was in the place he considered to be "HOME" The only thing worse would have been if he was amidst strangers, in this fog.
To the medical staff thanks for your skills knowledge and compassion to michael, his family and friends. They bring the necessary "spirit" to Michael; you fill his necessary medical needs. your knowledge and committment have brought him back from the edge time and again.
To the strangers around the world who feel compelled and moved by Michael's story, you renew faith and brought focus to simple but important things like heroism and selfless acts, in a world that sometimes seems to have gone "mad" and lost it's way. Bothering and noticing his story and taking the time to say it's matters give's Michael's life meaning and fills everyone's heart with a reminder of what is really inmportant ----bothering to go out of your way to care for one another.
And thank you to the media for noticing a story worthy of telling so that all this love and caring COULD pour into Michael's room,so he could FEEL it,At a time, when it appeared that it was only all those good thoughts and prayers that would bring him back from the edge.
From where I sit, far away from his hospitol room, Michael has recieved 2 miracles so far.and I don't tend to believe in miracles and yet...he is STILL with us
Oh yes and I have forgotten the most important piece. Michael's own internal strength both physically and spiritually. I have no doubt that he has felt all of this positive energy. and am hopeful that he has been having pleasant and healing dreams in his medically induced coma.
We all know his road is still long and there will be likley be more bumps along the way before it;s all done.
But it seems to me Michael's biggest miracle is he's got one helluva a team on his side. and dmc thanks you had me crying like a baby --- again.!!!

Unknown said...

I am friends with Micheal's Aunt Debbie Keenan in Portland Maine. I was amazed at the heroic story of Michael saving the dog. I wish him well. He is in my thoughts and prayers. I truely think the world is a better place with people like Michaelliving in it! I know Michael must have a long road to full recovery but I hope his story can be told nationally on a how such as Oprah. I know everyone has a story, but Michael's story brings inspiration to me. Michael's story is unique and courageous. I'ts a story no one will ever forget. I am glad the dog is still hanging in there as well. I am a true dog lover as well and a Hurricane Katrina volunteer for the dogs and cats. Melissa in Portland Maine

Bill said...

What an awesome human being. Our family is donating, and praying for you and Bobby to recover fully. You are truly a hero, and an inspiration to us all.

Anonymous said...

Michael -
Like many who have read your story, I don't know you, but found my heart deeply touched by your actions. You renew one's hope in the human spirit with your selflessness. I truly admire you.

Wishing you and Bobby a speedy road to recovery.

Unknown said...

I don't know you Michael, but your bravery and courage has touched me deeply. I wish you a speedy recovery. You are truely a hero in every sense of the word. Thank you for all that you have done, you have made the world a better place. I am keeping you in my thoughts and telling your story to everyone i meet! Keep up the hard work and I look forward to you being healthy and recovered soon!


Rachel K in Chico, CA

04Bodie said...

Michael, When I read your story I was brought to tears. The selflessness and courage with which you so obviously live your life is so special and truly amazing. That you exist in this world makes me hopeful and inspired. Thank you. Please know that my thoughts, and those of so many others, are with you. I'll be following your recovery and wishing you strength and patience from afar.

All the best,

Liz (and Brodie, Theo, Cyrus and Fitz too)
Boston, MA

Dawn Dunbar said...

Although I have not had the honor of meeting you, your courage is an inspiration. I pray for your speedy recovery.

Tracy Burns said...

Michael, I can almost hear your running commentary in your head."WTF!!!" I can't wait to run around together again. I have full confidence you will have a complete recovery and be spiritually enriched from this experience (I can hear you laughing now). We all love you (the 4th St. girls) and we are chanting for your recovery every day.
Lots of Love,
Tracy and Mia Love

Unknown said...

You don't know me but I read your story and some of the notes posted above and I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. What a wonderful person you must be! The love that surrounds you is immense. I will keep you and Bobby in my prayers. Keep fighting!
Linthicum, MD

Unknown said...

Michael, YOU DA MAN !!!! Hope you get better soon. The city should recognize you as a hero again! I was amazed when I heard this story, and felt proud to just be a pet owner, and animal lover. My prayers and thoughts are with you, I know you'll be up around pretty quickly with the spirit you have inside.

jeff said...

Hi Michael,
It's been a long, long time since I've seen you last. We were all much younger then. Our families camping-out together in the woods of Maine, brings many sweet memories of song, story, and cards at night around the camp fire. The days were filled with mischievously delightful idle as friendships swelled.

I was amazed to find out about your selfless rescue a few years ago. The bittersweet news of your most recent act of total giving gave me encouragement in knowing that we humans can shine like the sun. That our hearts can drive us to do good things. That we can be tender and noble. These are deeds we all need to hear more of.

You Michael, have grown to be one of those people that have challenged us all to look to our humanity for the good. Your acts are refreshing and have restored may faith in man, something that had been on the wane of late.
But wait... what's this I hear about you playing kissing tag with my sister Linda? Oh never mind.

Get well friend. Your body needs healing. But your soul is at the top of it's game.

jeff perron
Bridgton, Me

Michelle said...

Hi Michael,

I'm glad you are healing and was so happy to hear that Bobby is doing well too! I think of you daily and send you healing thoughts every time you come to mind. Keep fighting!


Unknown said...

I just found this site, and I don't know you but the story really touched me. I sent a contribution through your other site. As a RN who is recovering from a 6 month hospital stay last year myself, I understand a little of what Michael might be going through. Its incredibly difficult, but the support of family and friends is what makes even the worst days, good ones.

Heather Rosnow- Laarif said...

There is not a day that goes by where you are not in my thoughts or prayers.
You are and always will be my hero, you saved my life!
Everyday I read the blog and am thrilled with all the positive news.
I can't wait to see you.
Love, Heather

frank said...


I do not know you, but I love you! I read the inspiring article by Marisa Lagos in the San francisco Chronicle, and the heartwarming letter from your brother. As an animal lover, I realize that you will always have a dear friend in little Bobby. God bless you. Here's hopeing for a speedy recovery.

Frank Lameira

jafabrit said...

I am so happy to hear about bobby and Michael's progress. I continue to send my best wishes and support.

The Barsinister said...

Michael - I work full time (full time volunteer I guess you could call it) doing animal rescue. I love animals more than people. Each day I type the word 'dog' into google news and read stories of bravery and love. Never have I read one that touched my heart as yours has. I think you are a very special person and now have a place in my heart for 'people' as well as critters. I wish you well.

Anonymous said...

"We don't rely on the doctors' report, we wait for the report from God!" In my church, this is how we express our faith in God's ability and willingness to perform miracles for his beloved children...and I am believing God that he is doing one for you. For Him, all things are possible.
I remember you, Michael from Barbara and Bill's house, and am remembering you in my prayers.
Marie Boynton

Anonymous said...

Hey Keenano...We think about you every day and know that you are receiving our good vibes - from Maine to California. Growing up with you as a cousin was always an adventure...I think we all marveled at your love of life and willingness to take risks. You were never a conservative yankee - always a free spirit at heart. I never saw anyone with so many skinned knees, elbows and shoulders as you did as a kid from skateboarding or frisbee or always had some kind of injury, road burn, sprain - even a couple of broken bones I remember! You know how to recover and bounce back...this is a lot more that a skinned knee, but you can approach it the same way - it won't slow you down for long nor will it change your spirit and love of life. My kids have asked a lot about you in the past couple of months, having only met you a few times, and it's been fun thinking about those days...the house on West Elm (and the cubby-hole at the top of the stairs), your Mom, AG's pool, camping, playing frisbee in the side yard, porcupine dinners...with many more memories to come. Please, please, please know that ANYTHING you need is only a phone call away. Much love, Karen and family.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful man Michael James Keenan must be, his friends and family must be so proud. Get well soon.

Barbara & Bill said...

Michael's birthday is March 29th about 5:30 p.m. Kim must remember that day well.

Barbara & Bill said...

OOOPS!! I meant Jim not Kim :-)

Anonymous said...


Reading the story of your courage and your heart (via the nakedjen blog) brought tears to my eyes...and did so again when I received a thank you note for my tiny donation.

You are an inspiration. I pray for your recovery and am so thankful that you were born.

katheen m said...

Dearest Michael...sending you lots of love from Maine...thinking of you and praying for you every day. Since the moment AB called me with the news I have been replaying in my head all the special times we shared on West Elm Street. Every time I start to cry when I think about your trauma and pain a new happy memory from those years will slide into my awareness and my tears become ones of nostalgia... Although the world knew you as our cousin, to us you were our brother. You always had a home with us. We thought of you as a part of our home. We always will. When you weren't with us we missed you, but when you'd come back--it was like you never left. The house on West Elm wasn't big enough for all of us, but most of the time we didn't notice. We even managed to make one bathroom work. Every time you came to stay you never knew where you'd be sleeping--sometimes a mattress on the floor--sometimes a camp cot in the "girl's room". At one time you made yourself a room in the "cubbyhole" at the top of the stairs. You didn't care. You never complained. (You did however, make up stories that you'd be the first victim of Freddy Kruger when he broke in.) On the local news AB said you were always a good natured kid. She was right. We had a lot of fun times together. There were many nights of playing Battleship & Mastermind and that hockey game with those little metal men. We had many a croquet game on the front lawn and we'd throw the frisbee in the street right up til dark. Remember the time you tossed the frisbee and hit an oncoming car. The driver stopped and we were so scared. He got out of his car, opened his trunk, pulled out a new disc and apologized to us. We kept on playing, but couldn't believe what just happened. When Di, Linda, Karen & I were in majorettes you joined the drum corps. For two years you were constantly drumming those darn wooden sticks on anything you could tap on. It paid off though, you were given the outstanding drummer award. You were a pretty good baton twirler too (does your S.F. family know this?). We'd hold little competitions in the basement and you would hold your own with the girls. You were very creative. You loved sports. I remember going to your soccer games and driving you and your buddies to the Riverside Ice Arena. After we saw the movie "Rocky" you wanted to run the 10+ miles home. You were so pumped. You were always up for anything. You were the one to do the "speed shopping" at Andy's Handy Store ( I had to time you or you'd be in there for hours talking to everyone.) You were the one to hide under the blankets when we went to the drive-in. One of our best times was our bike trip to Crystal Lake with Pepo F. Looking back I see how much of a risk we took riding on those shoulders of Rte. 115. But our only casualty that day was you getting hit by a passerby's lit cigarette. But this just gave you one more story to tell... The times I remember most were Saturday nights at home with Diane, Linda, You & I (and sometimes Karen & Kristen when we let them stay up). Lots of games, t.v., and playing "restaurant". You were the only one to order my dessert concoctions. Does "Strawberry Supreme Surprise" ring a bell? The best times of all were our big family dinners or as you lovingly called them "30 People Feasts".(Thanks Mum!) The only bad memory I have of you--is when you would pull off your cleats or sneakers and WOW!! the phrase "Frito Feet" was born. Michael, my heart aches that you are enduring this horrible trauma, but I know in my soul you will come through this. You are a bright spirit on this earth. And although the world has you on hold right now your light is shining through. Your story continues to inspire all who come across it. Just read all these heartfelt messages. I want to thank all of your medical "Angels" for their continuous great care in helping bring you back to us. Love you lots........Kath

Anonymous said...

Michael, Through your selfless actions you have touched the lives of countless strangers, myself included. God bless you for being who you are. Sending positive thoughts daily that your recovery will be complete.
Lynn in Colorado

Anonymous said...

Thanks Barabra for mentioning Michael's upcoming birthday. And Kathy for sharing the "adventures" Your home was always a welcoming place.I'm glad he was always welcomed. It's nice to see it appears he will see another birthday!!! Let's all send him special thoughts on that day March 29th.
I remember the day he came home from the hospitol. No prouder 9 year old aunt was there!I rushed home from school at lunch time to meet this well anticipated bundle of joy. He lay in the small crib that had been mine 9 years earlier, taking his nap. His crib was swaddled in a cover we had sewn for him to protect him from the drafts and light. It was white with a pastel baby pattern on it. His aunt ginney had sent him a stuffed pink lamb from Texas(?) that would play a lullyby when wound up. We would wind it up when he went to sleep at night or to nap.And he was always asleep before the lullyby was done.
When he was a little older he became my pal.I would "steal" him away from the grownups at every opportunity. My friends and I would bundle up the littler ones in their carrriages and off we would go for a few hours or the afternoon The destination was often ice creme at a nearby ice creme fountain. At least that was the "excuse".
Or we would go to the play ground.Or take long meadering walks around the block inspecting every blade of grass, along the way. His favorite toy was a ride on firetruck, which he would ride around the house. Perhaps he was destined to be a firemen!!!!
I was fascinated by any Baby chore from learning the art of diapering to the task of making his formula. This in the days before formula came in a can and it really was an hours long task, several times a week. I was the observer and your mother's "helper".
And we used to have fun taking rides in your father's Ford Fairlane convertible in the summer time, with the top down of course. Silver outside red interior. Long before seatbelts were heard of.
Your birthday was often near easter time. And I thought that was so neat sharing your birthday with easter. So we're glad you are still with us to make it to another birthday My pal.I miss you and love you and continue to send you warm thoughts.Happy 44th bub!!! Aunt Deb

Barbara & Bill said...

Hi Meeko.
Forty four years ago on March 29th you came into this world. It also happened to be my birthday which made you extra-extra-special to me! You were always such a friendly, good natured kid. Always. In all settings. You will always be my seventh child, no matter what. So, on March 29th I'll blow out candles on the birthday cake for both of us. And my wishes will be for you to stay strong in the recovery road ahead.
Happy Birthday Meeko.
I love you in big, BIG bunches.
Aunt Barb

Barbara & Bill said...

Hey Michael ....
My turn. I can't remember your birth date because I hadn't yet met your Aunt Barb. I do have a recollection of Aunt Barb & me visiting you when you and your Mom and Dad were living in Massachusetts. You were about a year old, maybe less, and Aunt Barb and your Mom trusted me to watch you for a few minutes while they went somewhere else in the house for something. I think it took you about twenty seconds to roll off the bed onto the floor with a nice healthy sounding thump! I got hell from everyone, of course, and I still get ribbed about dropping you on your head. I always enjoyed the times you were able to spend with us and indeed I always looked upon you as the rest of the family did, as our seventh kid. You were a bit of a devil sometimes, not harmful, but ... hey, that's a different venue ... ;-)
Always a busy, active, outdoorsy kid, great soccer player, better than Beckham I'll bet!! And you were always so welcomed by us and all the kids, including the Perrons, when we were in our camping phase. I like to think that was where you learned to enjoy camping. Artistic. I wish we had seen more of your work. I was so happy to see you and your buds kick off Maine-iac; whether you think it was a failure or success, I know it was a success, because it taught you to keep moving forward no matter what. And it's here that I want you to remember, you've succeeded again, saved a cute friend of Janette's, and you will succeed again in your recovery effort. We're all praying for you to give you the strength to keep on fighting. You're past the most dangerous hump, now you've got the longest run ahead of you. I know you'll make it, no matter how tough it gets.
Michael, Happy, Happy Birthday, kid. I love you in big bunches, too. Stay strong.
Uncle Bill aka UB

Anonymous said...

I'm with you every turn you make in that sily bed, but that bed is going to be the best of you yet.
keep it going mate. you're one in a million and my million is on you.
I'll be there with you soon.

love ya,


Anonymous said...

Hi mikie,

just to let you know Dublin, Ireland is thinking of you. me my friends and i are all with you here.
Keep strong, close and I'll see you soon.

Love you,


Anonymous said...

Michael I posted here early on and continue to check back, pray, cry, and hope for the best. Your latest blog entry is so hopeful that I feel my prayers for you are being answered. I know your recovery will be long and difficult. And I know you will be surrounded by your family and friends. Just want to remindyou that you have even more friends now. More then you know. We were elated to hear and see on the news that Bobby went home. The joy in his mom's eyes and her smile were as special and priceless as you are. If dogs pray, I know mine is pulling for you too.

Sending more healing thoughts,


Anonymous said...

Please pass this message on to Michael...
You are a true RESCUER and I and my rescued dogs will keep you in our thoughts and prayers here in Maine.
Nothing shows more what a wonderful person you are than the love and devotion for a defensless animal.
You are a true hero
With all of our thoughts
Nanci, Whoppa, Rolex, Whitney, and Sam the foster dog.
If we needed someone to save us, we would want it to be you !

Anonymous said...

Michael - may you be blessed. My God the holy father send you your angles to heal and protect you. You will be in my prayers. May you feel all the glory of graceful healing...

Anonymous said...

I am delighetd to learn that EO is making a hand creme in Michale's name called MJK for Michael James Keenan and donating 50% of the proceeds of sales from this item to Michael's support fund.It can be purchassed on line at the EO( for essential oils)web site.EO products are availanble at Wild Oats and Whole Foods stores.My local stores didn't have the product yet. Hopefully Michael's product will join their line there.(?) Check out EO's website. it explains the product and tell's Michael's story .It is a aloe and lavender product. My favorite.Lavander is known for it;s healing qualities. What a sensitive and generous offer thanks EO!!!! Aunt Deb

Anonymous said...

I came across your story and I don't think anything has touched me as much as this did in quite some time. As a proud "mommy" to my Jack Russell Terrier, I want to thank you for realizing how much these dogs mean to people. You are a hero and I will keep you in my prayers forever. I will surely make a donation - please let me know if there is anything I can do. Is there an address to send cards?

Anonymous said...

Michael !
You have the name of one of God most important Archangel, I know Archangel Michael as well as Archangel Rafael are with you now.The Archangels are helping you , the same way you help Bobby, (you are Bobby's Angel), and because of that you have now the two most powerfull Archangels at your side , you are bless, you have tons of Love , and I know you will be sharing your experience when you'll be ready.You are very strong. I don't know you, but that doesn't matter because the Archangels are assisting you and I do know the do Divine work.Take your time. I'm sending you some extra tons of love as well as prayer, you are somethig else! Thank you Joanne from EO for letting me know. And for Michaels family tons of Love and Prayers for you all, buy now.

Anonymous said...

Namaste. I see your soul.

Thank you for saving Bobby. Sorry you had to endure such pain.
I worked on some of the internet stuff at EO Products to help spread the good word.

Heal well and quickly.

Dermot, Panama.

Anonymous said...

Owen, Thank you!!
Please send our love!
All the Yarmouth friends

Anonymous said...

Dear Michael,

You are in my thoughts daily as I've been following your progress through the web site. You are amazing.

Austin, Texas

Karen said...

Just checking in to see how you are doing. I'm so glad to see the positive update on your progress. I see Bobby came home from the hospital. That's so wonderful. We'll all be here waiting for you to leave the hospital. Thank you again.

Anonymous said...

God Bless you Michael, I just found out what happened from EO. I don't know you, but you ARE my brother! We are all God's children and so you are my little brother! and I am praying for your complete recovery and I will continue to pray for you always. My heart and love go out to you. May God cover you with a blanket of angels to comfort, heal and strengthen you and may His peace be upon you and all those who love you. May Jesus, the Great Physician, guide the doctors and nurses and all those who care for you, imparting His Love, Wisdom and Divine Intelligence to each of them for your healing. Sending love and prayers, Jan in Texas

Anonymous said...

Hello Stranger,
What a fright when I heard of the fire. Nichole has been keeping me a tiny bit informed but I am glad to have found your blog so I can write. I don't know if you can read this or that someone is reading to you but I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and pray that every day is a leaping step towards your recovery. I may be heading to San Fran for work at some point this summer or fall and would love to visit if you are up for that. Please contact me if you can. I understand Owen has moved out there too and by the sounds of it you are being well taken care of.
Love and prayers, Monique

vicki emmons said...

Hi Michael - I think of you often, and send lots of healing thoughts your way from Cumberland, ME - I know you have been spared for a reason, as I was back in '67 when I survived a fatal car crash. I knew there was still more for me to do, and that is what I know about you. As Maria said, you are truly an angel and there are many around you all the time, keeping you healing and strong. I urge all those who are caring for you, and your wonderful family members, to see you how you can be, not how you are now - to hold the vision of you fully healed. Miracles have already happened and will continue - Happy, Happy Birthday to you tomorrow and many, many more!! My animal family and I will keep you in our hearts and be always grateful to be inspired by such an incredible spirit such as your's. Blessings from Maine :-)

Darci D. said...


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Love, Aunt Deb

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Michael! Keep it up! You are so strong and have such a positive spirit around you!!!

Allison, Chris, Lauren & Alexis Goff

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Michael! Keep it up! You are so strong and have such a positive spirit around you!!!

Allison, Chris, Lauren & Alexis Goff

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Michael!

Looking forward to the day we can share the Aloha again. Praying for a speedy recovery.


Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Michael!

Looking forward to the day we can share the Aloha again. Praying for a speedy recovery.


Corey W. said...

Hey Michael!

Happy Birthday! It is a perfect day in LA and I can't help but think of you! Thanks for being such a great friend these past four years! You are truly one of the best people I've ever known. Leah, Tracy and I will be up to see you soon!

Much love,


Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, I don't know you, just a friend of a friend of a friend...
I read your story, and was determined that you should know how many people are wishing for full and speedy recovery.
Happy birthday!!!!!!

Barbara & Bill said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michael. I miss your birthday phone call sooo much !! "Hi Aunt Barb, Happy Birthday" and I'd reply "Happy Birthday Michael sweetheart."
Birthday Boy

And when she got those phone calls, I could see she was sooo happy to hear your voice. I was also happy to be able to wish you Happy Birthday, Michael. Next year, we'll say it personally.
Stay strong ...

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