Every year, numerous lives and properties are threatened by California wildfires. And when wildfires strike, it usually is devastating.
Roland Tembo Hendel, a resident of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, became a victim of a wildfire sometime in 2017. His property was wiped out, and was left with very little after the fire.
But he was left with a little more than what he had expected, thanks to his heroic dog, named Odin.
When the fire was about to engulf their home, Hendel gathered up everything he could bring with him – his family, a handful of pets, and some valuables. But what devastated him the most was Odin, his beloved herd dog, whom he had to leave behind because the dog refused to go with him to safety.
True to his responsibility, Odin refused to go so as not to leave his goat flock behind.
After the fire, the family returned to their devastated property, and was shocked with what they saw. Nestled in the debris is Odin, Hendel’s goats, and some deer – a bit injured but very much alive!
Apparently, the animals were led to safety by Odin – who was only a year old and a half during that time.
Immediate checkups were done on Odin and the rest of the gang, but thankfully, there were only minor injuries, like some burns on the dog’s paw pads.
Odin’s heroic acts didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, people from all over the world began to donate some cash to help Odin with his recovery, to help rebuild the damaged farm bit by bit, and to fund the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Center for them to be able to help more animals.
Sadly, the said California wildfire took the lives of 22 people.
Here’s a video of Odin when he was still trying to recover from his injuries:
Posted by Roland Tembo Hendel on Sunday, October 15, 2017
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