Hero Dog Protects Herd Through Tubbs Fire in Sonoma

Odin, left behind amid the terror of the wildfires in Sonoma, not only survived, he kept his goat herd safe, as well.

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When Roland Hendel’s property was about to burn in the recent Tubbs fire in Sonoma County, he was forced to make a last-second decision as the flames closed in.

Hendel had children, two dogs and eight bottle-fed rescue goats. He was able to flee with the kids and one dog, Tessa, but the goats, along with family’s beloved Odin, a Great Pyrenees who watched over the herd, were left behind.

“Hours later when we had found relative safety we cried for Odin and our goats,” Hendel wrote on the family’s YouCaring crowdfunding page. “I was sure I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.”

Days later, once allowed back into the area, Hendel and his family were astounded to find — amid the total devastation of the home — all eight of their rescue goats and Odin had made it through the ordeal.

Odin was exhaused, stained gray from the smoke, but appeared to be in great shape. The reunion with his family, in particular sister, Tessa, seemed to buoy him.

“He appears to be getting stronger, and his sister’s presence will surely help to lift his spirits and take some of the burden off his giant shoulders,” Hendel said.

2 thoughts on “Hero Dog Protects Herd Through Tubbs Fire in Sonoma

  1. if you knew the fire was coming why didnt allow enough time and space for other dog. Dog deserves better.

  2. Y’all people have clearly never been in a situation like this! All these comments about why did he get left behind. They had no time to look for wandering goats and a dog. These fires spread too fast. I’ve never been in fires, but I just went thru Hurricane Harvey’s devastating flooding; whose flood waters rose very quickly too. I barely got out of my home with my son and dog. Had I had another dog and goats, I may not have had time to save them all. Let’s just be glad the poor dog and goats were reunited!

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