Tillie the dog has become known as a hometown hero after keeping watch over another pup who became trapped in a cistern.
While their owner B.J. Duft was busy hosting a company party, the two dogs went missing from their home in Vashon, Wash.
“Tillie would never leave even if the gate was left open,” Duft told ABC News, “but she’s best friends with Phoebe, and so when Phoebe follows her little Basset Hound nose, Tillie always goes with her to make sure she’s OK. They’re best pals — inseparable.”
A few days after they went missing, a neighbor noticed a dog fitting Tillie’s description heading toward a nearby ravine. Duft made his way toward the area in hopes of bringing home his beloved pets.
“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,”
Vashon Island Pet Protectors, a group volunteering to find the dogs, said in a Facebook post.
“A small one-woof response when we called out ‘Tillie.’ A few minutes later we found her laying beside an old cistern with her head resting on the concrete wall. Heart sinking… we knew that meant Phoebe was inside the cistern and every breath was held and every doggie prayer offered that the peek over the rim would somehow find her safe.”
Duft was able to safely bring his two exhausted and hungry pups back home. He says he plans to get GPS dog collars for the duo, as he “never wants to lose them again.”