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A pup's best friend: Loyal dog stands guard until trapped canine is freed

David Kearns

Published 18/09/2015 | 13:26

Setter mix Tillie refused to leave friend Bassett hound Phoebe's side Credit: Vashon Island Pet Protectors
Setter mix Tillie refused to leave friend Bassett hound Phoebe's side Credit: Vashon Island Pet Protectors

A loyal dog stood watch over her best friend for seven days after she got trapped in a ravine.

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Bassett hound Phoebe and setter mix Tillie went missing from their home in Washington State in the United States on September 8.

Appeals by their worried owners failed to find the dogs and fears were growing that something bad had happened to them.

Unknown to local residents searching for the pair, Phoebe had fallen down into an old concrete cistern and was unable to get out.

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Posted by Vashon Island Pet Protectors (www.vipp.org) on Monday, 14 September 2015

Refusing to abandon her friend, Tillie stood watch for seven days until she heard a nearby search party and raced towards them.

Approaching the group, the reddish dog got their attention and lead them to where her friend was trapped.

“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. A small one-woof response when we called out Tillie,” said a message from Vashon Island Pet Protectors on their Facebook page.

“A few minutes later we found her laying beside an old cistern with her head resting on the concrete wall.

Bassett hound Phoebe was trapped for a week in the hole Credit: Vashon Island Pet
Bassett hound Phoebe was trapped for a week in the hole Credit: Vashon Island Pet

“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.

“This time we have a happy ending with dear Phoebe found perched on some concrete rubble that held 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 true friend and a humbling example of the power of love.”

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