The bond between dog owners and their canine companions is one of the strongest there is. And that’s why it saddens us to report that Martha Stewart lost her beloved pooch Genghis Khan late last week in a freak fire at a Pennsylvania kennel.

According to local reports, the fire, which has claimed the lives of at least 16 dogs and sent one person to the hospital with severe burns, occurred while the propane tanks at Pazzazz Boarding Kennel in Carbon County, PA, were being refilled.

As of Sunday, six of the injured pups had been released from local animal hospitals, while a half-dozen more are still under veterinary supervision.

To celebrate the life of Genghis, Martha has posted two galleries on her blog.

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