Two dogs were recovered unharmed after a week missing in the woods in Washington state, thanks to a dedicated setter and a group of volunteers. Tillie, the setter, spent a week with her canine pal Phoebe. Every day, she left to seek assistance. Tillie guarded Phoebe, a basset dog, who was stuck in a concrete cistern in a ravine. Vashon Island Pet Protectors, a non-profit animal rescue organisation, had posted images of the dogs on their Facebook page in the hopes that someone would see them.
They got a call claiming that while they were out on their property, a “reddish” dog approached them a few times before disappearing down a ravine. Volunteers entered the ravine based on the tip, according to Amy Carey. When the volunteers called out to Tillie after some searching, they got a brief one-woof answer. They discovered her laying alongside the old cistern, her head resting on the concrete wall, a few minutes later.
“They deduced that Phoebe was trapped inside the cistern. Every breath was held and every doggy prayer was said in the hopes that the glimpse over the rim would lead her to safety “Carey remarked. Both dogs were chilly and hungry when they arrived, but they are doing OK now. People who have lost their dogs should keep looking, according to Carey. “Hope is a difficult thing to maintain open and alive in the face of loss,” she added, “but it is so crucial for happy endings for missing pets – or even for unhappy endings with closure.”