When a departure from Roland Hendel’s rural property off Franz Valley Road between Calistoga and Santa Rosa grew urgent due to the Tubbs fire, the dog wouldn’t come.
Odin is a Great Pyrenees, a guardian of livestock, and he was not going to leave the eight bottle-fed rescue goats for which there was no room in the car.
Hendel had no choice but to leave them. When he returned to his land days later, he expected the worst.
But there was Odin, weak and singed and limping, and all eight goats, and, said Hendel, “several small deer who had come to for protection and safety.”
A crowdfunding appeal at youcaring.com seeks help to rebuild the property’s pumphouse and goat barn.
Candidates for Sonoma County Sheriff
Name: Mark Essick
Career: Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years; had visible roles representing the Sheriff’s Office in the past; was a member of the community task force created in the wake of the 2013 Andy Lopez shooting
Name: Ernesto Olivares
Career: Santa Rosa Police Department for 30 years; Santa Rosa City Councilman has garnered endorsements from Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and fellow Santa Rosa councilmen John Sawyer and Tom Schwedhelm
Name: John Mutz
Career: Los Angeles Police Department for 25 years; after retiring in 1999, Mutz developed a mediation program for racial profiling cases for the Los Angeles Police Department