Live Free, Drive Safe A FOURTH OF JULY MESSAGE Our firm would like to wish everyone a happy Independence Day! Whether you go to a fireworks show or barbecue at home with friends and family, we hope you have a wonderful time. But if you plan on getting behind the wheel after the festivities, it’s important you do so safely — the Fourth of July sees some of the highest rates of drunk driving out of any other day of the year. The absolute best way to keep you and your passengers safe on the road is to abstain from alcohol during the celebrations. More often than not, “one beer” becomes several, and then people start making bad decisions. If you plan on enjoying some cold ones around the barbecue, make plans to take a ride-share, stay at your host’s house, or have a designated driver. A little inconvenience is better than risking your life and the lives of others. DO YOUR PART
The Guardian WhoWould Not Leave HisWatch ODIN LIVES UP TO HIS LEGENDARYNAME Amid the devastation of the wildfires that tore through California in the fall of 2017, a few heroic tales rose up to give people hope. One such tale was of Odin, a loyal Great Pyrenees guard dog. Along with his sister, Tessa, and eight rescue goats, Odin is part of the Hendel family. It was mid-October when the Hendels were awoken by the smell of smoke, a fierce orange sky, and sounds of destruction — urgent warnings from Mother Nature. Gathering everyone as quickly as they could, the Hendels got their human family members and Tessa in the car, but Odin, seated proudly next to the eight goats, refused to get in. Try as they might, the Hendels could not get him to come with them, and there wasn’t enough room in the car for the eight goats. With the firestorm quickly approaching and the risk of losing even more family members increasing with each passing minute, the Hendels made the heart-wrenching decision to leave Odin and the goats behind. The family made it to safety with Tessa in tow, relieved to be together but heartbroken that Odin and the goats weren’t with them. After several agonizing days, it was finally safe enough for them to return home and survey the destruction. What did the Hendels find? Ashes, rubble, their barn and home burned to the ground — and Odin. There he was, still guarding his eight goats and some small deer that had sought shelter with the brave canine. Weakened, burned, and limping, but nevertheless steadfast, Odin had never left his goats, even as the fire raged around them. Odin wagged his tail as he saw his family, happy to see they were also safe. The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and the Goatlandia Animal Sanctuary provided temporary shelter for the goats and pups while the Hendels rebuilt their barn. Odin received all the care he needed, along with a lot of love and treats. Today, Odin and his goats are back with their family, rebuilding their lives after this devastating wildfire. But the Hendels, and anyone who’s heard the story, won’t soon forget the bravery of Odin, the amazing pup.
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