German Shepard A Hero


In April Is Stress Awareness Month,” I wrote about how pets enrich our lives and our health. Now comes the story of Buddy a German Shepard who saves his family’s home from burning to the ground.

Buddy, a German Shepard in Anchorage, Alaska went to seek help when his home caught fire. He sees a State Trooper trying to find the house in the snowy dark Alaskan wilderness night and leads him back to the burning house.

From Kathryn Hawkins at Gimundo News:

“When Ben Heinrichs was working on his truck in his Anchorage, Alaska workshop, a spark landed in a puddle of gasoline and ignited. His clothes caught on fire, and he ran outside to roll in the snow and extinguish them. As soon as he had, he realized that his German shepherd, Buddy, was still inside the burning shed.

“Heinrichs ran inside to rescue Buddy, who was fortunately unharmed. Then he told his dog, “Buddy, we need to get help.”

“Buddy took his best friend seriously. Immediately, the dog bolted for the woods, and started running towards a local road. Before long, he came across an Alaska State Trooper, Terrence Shanigan, who was unsuccessfully attempting to navigate the back roads to locate the flaming building, after receiving a call from one of Heinrichs’ neighbors.

“When Shanigan saw Buddy run in front of his car and look at him, then take off down a side road, he had a hunch that the dog knew what he was doing. He decided to follow Buddy. A few times during the drive, Buddy turned back to watch the car, as if to make sure that the Trooper was still on his tail.”

You can see the actual video of all this from the video cam mounted on the state troopers car.


Gimundo News continues; “Within a few minutes, Buddy had guided Shanigan to the Heinrichs’ residence. The workshop had burned to the ground, but because Shanigan was then able to act quickly to gather volunteer firefighters, the Heinrichs’ home was barely damaged.

“He’s my hero,” Heinrichs told Anchorage Daily News. “If it wasn’t for him, we would have lost our house.”

“For his courageous actions, Buddy was rewarded by the troopers with an engraved dog bowl. We’re sure Heinrichs filled it up with plenty of his favorite treats.”

Well deserved.

Today we serve up a quick and easy dinner:[print_this]

Featured recipe      Broiled Tuna on English Muffins

I do not know the source of this recipe. It is hand written in my oldest (from as far back as the (70’s) personal cookbook of favorite recipes. Where ever it came from it is quick, easy, delicious, and inexpensive.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

1 small can tuna fish

3 English muffins split

1 teaspoon prepared mustard*

¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

4 tablespoons mayonnaise**

1-2 teaspoons grated onion

6 tomato slices

¼ cup grated cheddar cheese

Here is what you do:

Drain the tuna very well.

Combine the tuna, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, the mayonnaise, and onion in a small bowl.

*VARIATION: If you want a spicier dish add a spicy hot mustard. You could even use a grainy type mustard or Dijon mustard. Experiment and make this dish your own.

**NOTE ON THE MAYONNAISE: I don’t care for mayonnaise. It is my least favorite condiment. So I use less of it than a recipe calls for. In this recipe I start out with about 2 tablespoons and go from there. I use just enough mayonnaise to moisten the tuna and bind it together. You may want to use more.

Place 1 slice of tomato on each half of a muffin.

Top with a generous tablespoon of the tuna mixture.

Top with some shredded cheese.

Broil in a toaster or regular oven with the door propped open with a pot-holder or folded kitchen towel, until the sandwich is warmed through and the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Serve with a salad or fruit.


1 small can tuna fish                              $1.00

3 English muffins split                             $0.75

1 teaspoon prepared mustard                 $0.04

¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce          $0.02

4 tablespoons mayonnaise                     $0.18

1-2 teaspoons grated onion                    $0.17

6 tomato slices                                      $1.67

¼ cup grated cheddar cheese                $0.54

Cost for 3 people: $4.36
Cost per person: $1.45
Bon Appetite!!!!
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1 comment to German Shepard A Hero

  • LHunter

    What a wonderful video! Hopefully Buddy got a well-deserved juicy steak after saving his home. This recipe sounds yummy, can’t wait to try it.