Dog Stands Guard Over Trapped Hound For A Week Until Help Arrives

| by Jordan Smith

A dog was rescued from a ravine in Washington state earlier this week thanks to the loyalty of a canine friend.

Tillie, a Setter, stayed with Phoebe, a Basset hound, for a week while she was trapped in a cistern.

Tillie was spotted six days after the two dogs went missing by someone out on their property. She repeatedly approached the individual, before running back in to a wooded ravine.

After volunteers from Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) were called, they located Tillie in the ravine when she responded with a single bark to someone calling her name.

Tillie was found lying with her head against the cistern.

“They knew that meant Phoebe was in the cistern,” said Amy Carey from VIPP, USA Today reported. "Every breath was held and every doggie prayer offered that the peek over the rim would somehow find her safe."

They found Phoebe standing on some concrete rubble to stay out of the water in the cistern.

“For a week, Tillie stayed by her side with the exception of the few minutes of each day when she went for help,” the group wrote on its Facebook page, Newser reported.

Tillie’s devotion to her friend was “a humbling example of the power of love,” the group added.

“My message to most people with missing dogs is that unless the dog is being seen periodically, it is likely stuck somewhere,” Carey added, according to Daily Mail. “That's where the amazing Miss Tillie steps in as the heroine of this story. Not sure Phoebe would have ever been found without her as they were miles from the last place spotted.”

Both dogs were hungry and cold, but are reportedly recovering well.

“Hope is an awfully hard thing to keep open and alive in the face of heartbreak, but it [is] so important for happy endings for missing pets - or even for unhappy endings with closure,” Carey added, according to USA Today.

Sources: USA Today, Newser, Daily Mail / Photo credit: USA Today