Hero Pooch Leads Lost Trooper to Fire

'Buddy' gets an engraved bowl as reward
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2010 4:58 PM CDT

Buddy the German shepherd is the toast of Alaska after helping a lost state trooper to the scene of a fire. The trooper's GPS had frozen, and his dashboard camera shows Buddy approaching the car, then leading the way. The fire destroyed a workshop, but troopers say Buddy's actions helped prevent it from spreading to the house, reports the Anchorage Daily News. He got an engraved bowl and a big rawhide bone in a city ceremony.

"He wasn't running from me, but was leading me," said the trooper in the car. "I just felt like I was being led. It's just one of those things that we're thinking on the same page for that brief moment." (More Alaska stories.)

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