News of the 6-year-old black-and-white shepherd mix's heroics reached netizens across the globe and little Patsy the 'Wonderdog' has now become an online pawster celebrity.
As unrelenting flames continue to rage across its land, Australia has seen a number of heroic individuals rise to the occasion, putting their lives on the line to save their motherland and its inhabitants. Among these selfless heroes is a very good girl named Patsy, who in the early hours of New Year's Eve, herded hundreds of sheep away from a wall of fire. News of the 6-year-old black-and-white shepherd mix's heroics reached netizens across the globe and little Patsy the Wonderdog has now become an online pawster celebrity.
According to NBC News, Patsy's owner Stephen Hill credits his furry friend for saving over 220 sheep as a massive blaze closed in on the tiny Victoria town of Corryong. Around 4:15 AM on December 31, Hill noticed the flames heading towards his cousin's farm and quickly rushed over with the canine to see if he could help his loved ones protect their land and their animals. "If you haven’t got a good dog, you can’t do so much with the sheep. They’re really difficult to move in any way, shape or form unless you have a good dog," Hill said.
Patsy helped Hill herd the sheep into a safe barn away from the flames and successfully managed to save all but six sheep in the flock. Hill credits his loyal pawster for the feat, accepting that he couldn't have saved the animals without Patsy's skill and night vision. Speaking to SBS News, the proud dog parent said, "I’d have been stuffed without Patsy. She’s earned front-seat privileges for the rest of her life." Hill revealed that the heroic doggo kept her cool throughout the stressful night despite the heat and terrifying conditions at the time and that even as smoke blanketed the property, she kept a watchful eye on her charges.
With Patsy become the internet's sweetheart following her heroic rescue of the sheep, she now has an Instagram page where her hoomans update her fans on her day-to-day life while also calling attention to the devastating flames tormenting Australia. The caption of a photo featuring the hero dog riding shotgun reads, "Patsy’s human made a promise that she would never have to ride in the back of the ute again, and here she is enjoying her well deserved front seat on her way to work. The next two days are going to be a worry for the Upper Murray and the surrounding areas. The weather conditions are hot and windy, so the fire risk is extreme."
It continues, "The current fires will spread further and the risk of ember attack into unburned areas is very real. Burning embers can be blown many miles ahead of a fire front. Patsy’s farm is mostly safe as the fire has already burnt the paddocks into a huge firebreak, but other friends and communities will be in danger today and tomorrow. Our community is prepared, so now it’s a waiting game. Stay safe everyone."