Devoted Dog Stays Behind to Protect Goats from California Wildfires

A devoted dog proved himself to be a hero to a herd of goats left behind in the devastating wildfires which swept through Sonoma County, California. When Roland Hendel and his family were forced to leave their rural property, his dog Odin, a Great Pyrenees, refused to give up his guardian duties.

Hendel explained to ABC 7 News, “He was determined to stay with the goats and I had to let him do it.” Hendel managed to get his other dog and cats to safety, but there was no way to get the eight rescued goats off of the property. Hendel feared that his faithful dog and beloved goats were doomed. In a YouCaring fundraiser, the despair was voiced, “I was sure I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.”

Days later, when the raging fire was gone, Hendel was able to return to the property, which was completely destroyed. Amazingly, Odin and his goats were found alive.

Odin has been reunited with his family, and his canine sister, Tessa, and he is recuperating from the trauma of the fire that he miraculously survived. His family lost everything, but they are doing what they can to rebuild before winter arrives.