Dog Stays with Goats During Sonoma Fire Only to Disappear Days Later

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When Roland Hendel and his daughter evacuated their home in Sonoma County due to the wildfires, Odin - the family's Great Pyrenees - refused to leave.

"He was determined to stay with the goats and I had to let him do it," Hendel said.

Distraught over having to leave his beloved animals behind, Hendel returned to his home days later to find that Odin and the family's eight rescue goats all survived the fire with only minor injuries.

Miracles.It was about 10:30 when we first smelled smoke from the approaching Tubbs fire that has ravaged Northern...

Posted by Roland Tembo Hendel on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Days later, however, all of the animals were gone.

Last check, Odin, Tessa and the goats are not on our property. We are heading out again this morning to see if they have...

Posted by Roland Tembo Hendel on Saturday, October 14, 2017

According to ABC7 News, distraught family and friends searched the neighborhood and called shelters while strangers from all over the Bay Area chimed in with tips about where the animals might be.

Thankfully, Odin and the goats returned from wherever they wandered off to unharmed. A joyous celebration soon followed.

Oh Blessed Be. They are back. All of them. Safe and sound. Even silly little Tinkerbell. Odin always made sure she didn’...

Posted by Roland Tembo Hendel on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Odin and the goats were eventually transported to a refugee shelter set up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds while Hendel and his family work to rebuild their property.

Odin is resting with Tessa and their goats in a spacious barn with soft bedding at the refugee shelter set up at the...

Posted by Roland Tembo Hendel on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hendel and his family lost everything in the fires. To help reduce costs associated with rebuilding, they started a YouCaring fundraiser.

As of today, they have reached their goal of $45,000; however, if you would still like to donate, you can click here for more information.

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