As the devastating bushfires keep spreading quickly across Australia, it got to a rural town of Corryong in Victoria as well, which happens to be Patsy’s home.
It was New Year’s Eve when Patsy and her owner went out and saved lives from certain death.
Patsy is a working dog who was trained to work with the stock, guard, and control them. When Patsy and her dad “who doesn’t do social media” realized that deadly fire was heading their sheep flock, they both leaped into action, hoping they could save the helpless animals.
The sister of Patsy’s dad, Cath Hill, shared the picture of the canine hero on social media alongside a description of the dog’s act of heroism, and the world was captivated by her bravery.
The border collie rounded up the flock and led them to the safe area of the farm. Hill explained on Instagram:
“Cool as a cucumber, Patsy waited with [her owner] until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump.”
The world was shocked by the way they ventured out together, towards the flames, with no hesitations, and after they got them to safety, they went back out to the front line.
Netizens couldn’t help but praise the good girl for her incredible work.
It was an important opportunity for Hill to raise awareness regarding the ongoing issue, saying in an interview with Metro: “Everyone is just trying to get water and feed to their animals, shoot the ones that can’t be saved, get temporary fences up to keep stock secure, and put out all the logs and stumps still burning. And there’s people who have nothing left but the clothes on their backs.”
She added that the cool weather helped to prevent the fires from spreading rapidly, but no one promises that it won’t hit Australia again.
Hill went to on to say, “They are expected to get worse around Thursday this week (January 6) when hot windy weather returns. 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.”
Patsy’s video has been viewed by more than 300K people and shared thousands of time. Hill sees the buzz as an opportunity to make people donate and help fight the ongoing bushfire crisis. You can help via GoFundMe pages that support the aid of local areas or Australian Red Cross.