Lesson in Loyalty
An Irish setter named Tillie and her bonded pal, Phoebe, a Basset hound, had been missing from their home in Vashon Island, Washington for over a week. With a call out from the pets owners to the Vashon Island Pet Protectors to help find the beloved canine companions, everyone had been actively helping in the search.
On Monday, a call came in reporting someone had spotted a “reddish” dog approaching them when they were out on their property and then the dog promptly headed back towards the ravine. “So with a needle in the haystack hope, we made our way into the ravine and after a bit of searching, finally heard that sweet sound we have been waiting for all week,” stated the organization’s Facebook update. As a volunteer called out Tillie’s name, the “one woof” response was heaven to their ears, however the drama wasn’t over yet. What about Phoebe?
Following Tillie’s one bark acknowledgement, the dog was found moments later with her head resting upon an old concrete wall beside an old cistern. And at that moment, as every breath was held and every doggy prayer offered, the group carefully peeked over and were ecstatic – Phoebe was alive and had been lying on some rocks to keep her out of the water. “For nearly a week, Tillie stayed by her side with the exception of the few minutes of each day when she went for help. A huge thanks to Joe Curiel for realizing something was up and a round of applause to the awesome and amazing Miss Tillie. A true friend and a humbling example of the power of love.”
Both dogs were hungry and cold, but have since been reported as doing fine. And for anyone missing their dog (or cat), don’t give up hope. Our canine and feline companions are utterly amazing.