When the recent Wine Country fires broke out near his home in Santa Rosa, California, Roland Tembo Hendel, had only minutes to load up his family and animals as they fled. However, his 1-year-old Great Pyrenees named Odin wouldn’t budge. The goat-herding dog insisted on staying to look after the eight goats in his care.
It brought Roland to tears, but there was no time left.
“He just sat down, looked me square in the eye and he wasn’t budging,” Roland told FOX 2. “I didn’t have time to figure out what to do. He was determined to stay and he’s his own being.”
Roland feared the worst when he returned to his property days later. Everything was destroyed — but not Odin and his herd. He believes Odin led the goats to a rocky area in their pasture and kept them safe. Several orphaned deer also came to Odin for protection.
“It didn’t matter the house was gone and the structures – to find all our animals safe was all we needed,” Roland said.
Odin’s heroics did come at a price, however. He was weak and limping, his fur was orange from the intense heat and the padding of his paws were burned. He recently received some much needed pampering as Odin was treated to a steak dinner and had a visit from a professional groomer.
Thousands are helping Roland, Odin, and the goats rebuild their home. A YouCaring page has already raised over $75,000.