In an incredible story of love and devotion between two pets, this trapped dog was found alive after being reported missing for a whole week. And her rescue was made possible because of the unremitting loyalty of her steadfast and faithful friend, who absolutely refused to leave her behind.
Tillie, an Irish setter-spaniel mix and her best friend Phoebe a basset hound had gone out for a walk together in their neighborhood on the island of Vashon, Washington. When they didn’t come home that afternoon, their worried owner began looking for them, but couldn’t find them anywhere.
He got in touch with Amy Carey, a volunteer with Vashon Island Pet Protectors, for some help. They searched the area for any sign of the two missing dogs day after day, but to no avail.
There was no way that anyone could have known that Phoebe had fallen into a cistern located deep in an isolated ravine a few miles away from home, and she wasn’t able to climb back out.
Poor Phoebe would most certainly have died before anyone found her had it not been for what Tillie did next.
“We had been out looking for about a week when we heard from a farmer here who noticed a reddish dog on his property,” said Carey. “She had quietly approached him, and when she got his attention, turned around and headed back toward this ravine nearby. I decided to go check it out.”
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