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Dog leads police to fire on owner’s property

It looks like something straight out of Lassie — a dog leads Alaska State Troopers down a series of winding back roads to a fire in his owner’s property.

It was all captured on a dashcam video that shows the German shepherd — Buddy — 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. According to the Associated Press, Heinrichs told Buddy: “We need to get help.”

The dog eventually found a trooper responding to a call about the fire and led him to it. Heinrichs suffered minor burns on his face, and his workshop was destroyed.

Buddy is receiving an award from the State Troopers today — an engraved silver-plated dog bowl in Anchorage.


Comment from Melissa
Time April 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

Another awesome example of the bond between owner and dog. Thanks for sharing!

Comment from Donna Franklin
Time April 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Animals are all very smart.We had a dog that could smell or hear a problem at a natural gas plant about 10 miles from our home.The dog was running all over the yard howling and barking with her nose in the air like she was looking for something.That evening on the 6 oclock news they reported about the leak at the plant and it occured precisely at the time the dog was exhibiting the unusual behaviour.We also watch our other animals and learn many new things that they do to warn each other of danger especially if they have babies.