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Dog that stayed behind with goats during Tubbs fire found safe

(YOUCARING)

CHRIS SMITH, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

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.