The bush fires in Australia burn on and on. The devastation is so widespread that is is difficult to comprehend. More than 20 people have died in the flames. An astounding 15.6 million acres of land have burned. An estimated 480 million animals have perished. Everyone involved is doing all they can to improve the situation and save lives. That is the case with Patsy and her human, who saved their flock of sheep from certain death.
Fire Swept Through Corryong, Victoria, Australia
The rural town of Corryong, located in Victoria, Australia, was slowly being consumed by fire. As it creeped ever closer to their family farm, Patsy and her unnamed human handler worked tirelessly to secure all they could of their livestock and property. On the morning of New Year’s Eve, the pair went out and rounded up their flock of sheep, moving them to the safest paddock on the farm. Shortly thereafter, unfazed and utterly determined to do her part, Patsy posed in the above eerie and frightening photo showing the wall of fire moving towards their farm. Then they went back to the front lines with nothing but a tractor and water pump to fight the encroaching flames.
Farmer’s Sister Comments on the Fire’s Toll on the Area
Patsy’s handler does not engage in social media so his sister, Cath Hill, took it upon herself to share the story of her brother and Patsy’s heroic efforts. She felt that sharing this victory with the world would help bring hope and happiness to others who are fighting the good fight. She started an Instagram about for Patsy and sat for an interview with Metro. She said, “It’s like Armageddon.”
She added, “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.”
There had been a brief respite in the weather with cooler temperatures that helped slow the spread of the flames but most expect it to get worse before it gets better. She told Metro, “They are expected to get worse around Thursday this week when hot windy weather returns.” See Patsy get praised for her efforts in a Facebook video from Cath Hill, below. Cath is heard saying, “Hey Patsy! You hear those sheep? That’s all your work. Well done, eh? You’re a champion. Good girl.”
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
Our hearts break for all that have been and continue to be impacted by this disaster. If you want to help by donating to wildfire relief funds, Patsy and her people suggest the following organizations: Wildlife Victoria, Blaze Aid, and Red Cross AUS, or you can join iHeartDogs in contributing to the relief efforts through GreaterGood.org below:
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