Saturday, April 24, 2010

Buddy's name should be upgraded to "Hero"

When a fire broke out in a workshop by his house in rural Alaska, Ben Heinrichs told his dog Buddy to get help, and Buddy delivered in a big way.  The police were having trouble finding the house, and Buddy was out there on the twists and turns of the counry roads and convinced the the police to follow him to the blaze.  It was a good thing he was there--because their GPS did not recognize the back roads, leaving them helpless to find the fire without a four-legged leader.  Hendrichs told the News Tribune, "I just told him, 'We need to get help,' and then that's the last time I seen him...I didn't train him or nothing. He just took off and went and did what he did. ... He was just being a good dog."

The Alaska State Troopers plan to recognize Buddy for his heroic efforts.  He will receive a bowl with with the seal and his name, along with the words "In appreciation of your diligence and assistance to Alaska State Troopers." Help arrived in time to prevent the fire from spreading to the house-thanks to Buddy's amazing work. 

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