Every year during the dry summer months, Australia witnesses wildfires due to natural causes. However, CNN reports that this year, due to the heatwave (courtesy of global warming), strong winds and instances of deliberate arson by humans, the blazes have become much worse.
According to TIME, the bushfires have burned more than 12 million acres of land, killed at least 24 people and 480 million animals. Amidst all this, one doggo is being hailed as a hero, here’s why.
6-year-old Patsy is a kelpie/border collie cross and a working dog living in Victoria, Australia. On December 31, 2019, Patsy helped her owners (Cath Hill and her brother) round up a herd of sheep as a fire began enveloping their farmland. She herded them to a safe paddock and kept watch as they tried to extinguish the blazes, reports Mail Online.
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This is Patsy just after she and her human brought the sheep to safety on the morning of New Year’s Eve. Cool as a cucumber, Patsy waited with him until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump. What a team! #patsythecorryongwonderdog #strongincorryong
Metro UK quoted Cath saying,
“It’s like Armageddon. It’s unbelievable and it’s only going to get worse. That’s why we put Patsy’s story out there. People need something positive.”
Here is the video she posted on Facebook calling Patsy a “little champion”.
Allow me to introduce Patsy the wonder dog. In the early hours of 31 December 2019, while fire in Corryong was bearing down them, she and my brother rounded up the sheep and brought them to the safest paddock on the farm. She then found a safe spot while my brother fought the fire with a tractor and a tank of water. Almost all sheep are safe, along with the hay bales and silage, the shearing shed, and both farm houses. My brother doesn’t do social media, but Patsy does. Great job little girl 🙂Update 7 January 2020 – Patsy and her family are busy cleaning up the farm and helping others get sorted out. You can help too! They would love you to donate to these bushfire relief fundraising collections: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/?view=article&id=145:helping-wildlife-during-bushfires&catid=11:wildlife-informationhttps://blazeaid.com.au/donations/how-donate/https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donateUpdate 5 January 2020 – Patsy is now on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/B67HA-xHJSH/?igshid=126abkbj2hytc #patsythecorryongwonderdog #strongincorryongUpdate 4 January 2020 – Patsy’s story is spreading, so for those people who would like to donate funds to help the Upper Murray community, please support these links which are confirmed to be genuine and keep sharing Patsy’s post 🙂https://www.parksideproduce.net.au/products/feed-for-fire-gift-voucherhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/xycjem-cudgewa-has-burnt?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheethttps://www.gofundme.com/f/a-little-town-and-its-community-need-some-help?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Posted by Cath Hill on Friday, January 3, 2020
People are heaping praises on the “Wonderdog” for averting a potential tragedy. Take a look.
We hope that the firefighters who’re working round the clock are able to minimize the damage caused by the raging fires.