Hero Dog Herds Over 200 Sheep to Safety from Australian Bushfires

One courageous dog in Australia recently rescued an entire flock of sheep from approaching bushfires. 

On New Year's Eve, Stephen Hill and his 6-year-old dog, Patsy, saw the bushfires inching closer and closer to Hill's sister's farm around 4:15 AM—so they set out to save the animals in its wake.

Hill jumped onto a four-wheeler over to the fields where his sister's sheep were kept. Patsy followed him closely and when she noticed the sheep she took off in their direction.

Patsy surrounded the herd and directed them to the barn, while Hill and his sister fended off the flames with a tractor and a water pump. 

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A big thank you to Patsy’s friend Eleanor for this lovely photo she took of Patsy today after the hard work was done! Not only does Patsy look happy as, the background shows a clear patch of sky and an unburnt paddock, just like everywhere in the Upper Murray looked only a few short days ago....sigh....😢 We’ll get there, but it’s going to be a long road. Just as well we’ve got good mates and a great community! And just in case anyone was concerned about Patsy being tied to the quad bike, that’s just to keep her safely out of the way while other vehicles were moving around. The quad bike was parked and turned off. Sometimes Patsy can be a bit too curious about who’s doing what, so best to keep her safe and sound. No one’s taking chances with this girl these days! #workingdogs #corryong #uppermurray

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Patsy saved nearly every single sheep in the flock, over 220 to be exact. 

"If you haven’t got a good dog, you can’t do so much with the sheep," Hill told NBC News. "They’re really difficult to move in any way, shape or form unless you have a good dog."

News of her rescue effort spread throughout the region, and because of her popularity, an Instagram account of the shepherd-terrier mix has been created, already accumulating thousands of followers.

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