Faith­ful Dog Guards Trapped Pal For A Week

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ANIMAL WELFARE -

T wo miss­ing dogs in the United States have been found safe af­ter one loy­ally stood guard for a week when her ca­nine com­pan­ion got trapped in the woods. Til­lie, a red set­ter, stayed with bas­set hound Phoebe af­ter she be­came stuck in an old wa­ter cis­tern in a ravine in Washington state.

“For nearly a week Til­lie stayed by her side with the ex­cep­tion of the few min­utes of each day when she went for help,” said Vashon Is­land Pet Pro­tec­tors, the group that res­cued the dogs.

The pair were dis­cov­ered af­ter a mem­ber of the public re­ported a “red­dish” dog had been com­ing onto their prop­erty for sev­eral days be­fore dart­ing back into the ravine. Phoebe was found in­side the cis­tern, perched on some rub­ble to stay out of the wa­ter. The con­crete walls were slightly too high for her to jump out.

The iden­tity of their own­ers is not clear but vol­un­teer group VIPP had been search­ing for the dogs for a week and it called Til­lie’s re­fusal to aban­don her friend “a hum­bling ex­am­ple of the power of love”. Both dogs are re­ported to be do­ing well. – Sky News

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