Australian citizens are fighting with fire since September last year, and the fire is still raging on this continent. The damage is enormous in terms of flora and fauna.
According to latest estimations, almost half a billion animals have lost their lives in the flames of the ongoing fire. The images of all the injured, dehydrated, and burned wildlife broke our hearts.
However, even in such terrible conditions something amazing can happen. A border collie, known as Patsy, did something courageous and his story was shared by millions of people. She was living on a sheep farm, and when the fire started she rounded up a flock of sheep and herded them away from a blaze that was coming near their farm.
Patsy and her owner stayed all night with the sheep and worked hard to protect them from the bushfires that have taken over their rural town of Corryong in Victoria, Australia.
This story has been shared on social media by Cath Hill, the sister of Patsy’s owner. She explained to the world how this brave dog saved the flock of sheep by directing it to the “safest paddock on the farm”. After she has done her job, she went back to the front line keeping her owner.
“Allow me to introduce Patsy the wonder dog. In the early hours of 31 December 2019, while fire in Corryong was bearing down … she and my brother rounded up the sheep and brought them to the safest paddock on the farm.”
“Cool as a cucumber, Patsy waited with [her owner] until the fire got close enough to fight with a tractor and water pump.”
That night was successful for Patsy and her owner as they have succeeded in saving almost every sheep, and also “the hay bales and silage, the shearing shed, and both farmhouses”.
Allow me to introduce Patsy the wonder dog. In the early hours of 31 December 2019, while fire in Corryong was bearing down them, she and my brother rounded up the sheep and brought them to the safest paddock on the farm. She then found a safe spot while my brother fought the fire with a tractor and a tank of water. Almost all sheep are safe, along with the hay bales and silage, the shearing shed, and both farm houses. My brother doesn’t do social media, but Patsy does. Great job little girl 🙂Update 7 January 2020 – Patsy and her family are busy cleaning up the farm and helping others get sorted out. You can help too! They would love you to donate to these bushfire relief fundraising collections: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/?view=article&id=145:helping-wildlife-during-bushfires&catid=11:wildlife-informationhttps://blazeaid.com.au/donations/how-donate/https://www.redcross.org.au/campaigns/disaster-relief-and-recovery-donateUpdate 5 January 2020 – Patsy is now on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/B67HA-xHJSH/?igshid=126abkbj2hytc #patsythecorryongwonderdog #strongincorryongUpdate 4 January 2020 – Patsy’s story is spreading, so for those people who would like to donate funds to help the Upper Murray community, please support these links which are confirmed to be genuine and keep sharing Patsy’s post 🙂https://www.parksideproduce.net.au/products/feed-for-fire-gift-voucherhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/xycjem-cudgewa-has-burnt?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheethttps://www.gofundme.com/f/a-little-town-and-its-community-need-some-help?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Posted by Cath Hill on Friday, January 3, 2020
Cath in her post explained how every Australian citizen that lives on the farms is trying its best to control the damage and to help every animal:
“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 hopes that the story of Patsy will bring hope to her fellow Australians as although currently the fires are kept under control, she believes that the situation will get worse, after all in Australia is the middle of summer. She wrote:
“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.”
Cath filmed Patsy after she has rescued the sheep how she sits on the burnt field.
At that point, Cath addresses Patsy, saying:
‘Hey Patsy, can you hear those sheep? ‘That’s all your work, well done. You little champion, good girl.’
This video of Patsy went viral and Cath seized this opportunity to raise money to help fight the crisis.