The bushfires that raged and still raging parts of Australia are both shocking and heartbreaking. But, at the same time, it introduced us to different heroes that gave up a lot of sacrifices to help save human lives, animal lives, and properties. One such hero is a 6-year-old dog named Patsy.
Patsy is a cross between border collie and kelpie. She made the news when words got out how she saved a flock of sheep while her owner fights the fires approaching their farm. Patsy belongs to a breed of working dogs. And she showed just hard-working she is.
Stephen Hill, Patsy’s owner, lives on a farm located in Corryong. When news about spot fires starting near his farm reached Stephen, he stayed with Patsy. The dog then worked to herd the sheep and brought them to a safe paddock on the farm. Together, the two of them saved the sheep, the farmhouses, the silage, the hays, and the shearing shed.
Cath Hill, Stephen’s sister, mentioned that Patsy is not afraid of the fire. She explained that because of Patsy’s nature, she’s calm and collected no matter the conditions. Bred and trained to work with sheep and cattle, dogs like Patsy are farmer’s favorite companion. Thus, the Hills think that any working dog would’ve done the same.
According to Cath, Patsy is a good-natured dog who loves jumping in water troughs, loves riding on quad bikes, and enjoys the occasional dip in the creek. She also loves getting a good belly rub. Well, we think she deserves all the belly rubs she can get.
The crisis is not yet over for Patsy, Stephen, and their other farm neighbors. Over the last few days, however, the weather has become much better in the area.
Check out Cath Hill’s Facebook post about Patsy.