A dashcam video from the Alaska State Troopers shows a dog leading them through winding back roads to a blazing fire at his owners' property. The video on the troopers' website shows the German shepherd running to meet the trooper's vehicle, then racing to the house on Caswell Lakes on April 4.
Troopers say Buddy and his owner, 23-year-old Ben Heinrichs, were in the family workshop when a heater ignited chemicals. Heinrichs told Buddy: "We need to get help."
The dog eventually found a trooper responding to a call about the fire.
The State Troopers are presenting a special award Friday to the dog. Buddy will receive an engraved silver-plated dog bowl in Anchorage.

And a...


... award from OCICBW..., of course.

Thanks to Paul (A) for this one.


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  1. I had one German Shepherd that I knew would go get help should I ever need it (Did a lot of hiking on my own back them.). His successor, sadly, would have laid down and died with me. I tried not to compare the two, but that attempt was futile.

  2. Heinrichs told Buddy: “We need to get help.”

    Sounds unbelievably Lassie-like . . . but the proof is in the vid!

    [KJ, re your GSDs: I would say that each loved you, in his (?) own way. Our Lab mix, Mitzi, was more the former, and purebred Lab Sasha (predictably) more the latter. I’m not sure that either were of Buddy-caliber though!]

  3. Yep, JCF, I was the center of both dogs’ universes (The Wiener has disabused me of such a silly notion.) and with one I would have received aid, while with the other, I would not have died alone.

    I really miss not being at the center of a Shepherd’s universe. Good thing there is a God.