Dog found help for friend stuck for a week in a ravine

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Here’s your feel-good story of the day: a reminder that there is still good in the world.
Phoebe, a basset hound, fell into a concrete cistern in a ravine in the woods of Washington state, and couldn’t get out.
So Phoebe’s friend, Tillie the Irish Setter, went to find help, each day for a week.
Meanwhile, the nonprofit animal rescue organization Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) had posted photos of the two missing dogs on their Facebook page, hoping someone would spot them.
On September 14, 2015, VIPP received a call from Joe Curiel about a “reddish” dog coming up to them on their property, before promptly heading back into a ravine.
Acting on the tip, VIPP volunteers made their way into the ravine, calling “Tillie! Tillie!” After a bit of searching, the volunteers heard a small one-woof response. A few minutes later, they found Tillie lying beside the old cistern with her head resting on the concrete wall.
Tillie & Phoebe
Here’s VIPP’s account, posted on their Facebook page:
VIPP Facebook
Both dogs were cold and hungry, but are doing well.
And that’s why St. Bonaventure called animals “creatures without sin”!

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0 responses to “Dog found help for friend stuck for a week in a ravine

  1. COOL

  2. What a sweet and wonderful story to start my morning.

  3. I just learned from Lela, my oldest daughter now 45, that earlier this past Summer when she went with Ian, a neighbour, to swim at a place known locally as “the Rocks”, she decided to take Ruger with her. He’s a large, very muscular, six year old Black Labrador crossed by a Red Lab; even his tail is muscled! Because of his size and weight, he’s rarely allowed to leave home, as people are intimidated by him, although he’s VERY good-natured and not aggressive.
    After she and Ian jumped in with great splashes from the large rocks on the shore, Ruger became alarmed and started barking loudly. When he didn’t get the response he wanted from Lela, he jumped in and went after her, ignoring Ian.
    Ruger drew alongside Lela, firmly took one of her wrists in his mouth –which wasn’t comfortable for her!– and swam for shore with her in a sideways tow. Although her wrist hurt for a few days, she told him he was a good boy, as she understood he wanted to ‘save’ her from drowning. This was a spontaneous action, as he’s never received any training or prompting to perform. Such is the nature of our animal companion’s souls!

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful post! We have so much to learn from God’s creatures, as they are so pure and loving, asking nothing in return. And yes, St. Bonaventure hit the nail on the head! We would do well to remember what he said always.

  5. Nice ….. pets are loyal to us and each other ……. now for a sad story please post ….. June 2014 I got a destressed call from a lady who had the rug pulled out from under her at her end for a move out of province she had just leased her house for a 2 yr term to a family and could not legally kick them out …. She had a 14yr old son and female sheppard and 5 puppies (she spent weeks nursing back to health from Parvo someone brought into her home when the pups were small she lost one the favourite to parvo) so I told her to come to my place a condo complex her alternative was to dump her furniture in a feild and be homeless ….. a neighbour across from me called the condo owners association pres who called the condo prop management company and demanded I get rid of the 6 dogs she could stay …. I explained the sad situation she and her son were in and this was temporary till she found a place. It didn’t matter at least 4 dogs had to go. The pressure built and they got 1 law firm on me/us then a second escalating the bill and demands and then a lien was placed on my mort/home. The mort paid out the lien then demanded 16,300 in 10 days by this time though the lady found a place and moved out 4.5 months she was here. The 3rd law firm was hired to take care of the foreclosure and I’ll be losing my home at age 63 for helping a woman and her son and 6 pets from being homeless ….. funny the condo property management woman watches all these animal rescue shows and knits items she sends to them to keep recues warm and here is a person she knows who helped these animals and keep them together as a family and it matters not the harm she has caused me over words on a piece of paper (rules acts statutes etc) has more valule then human life its self …… sorry for the sad news comment …. if anyone knows a good human rights lawyer or have a comment drop me a line at …. there are nice ppl in this world and lots that are cold and heartless that don’t see what I really did ….. is be there for someone in need. ….. what a world : (((((

    • Hello. Did you get help? That’s so unfair. I can’t do anything for you as I live in Ireland but I’ll say a prayer it all gets sorted. God bless. x

  6. Luvs a happy ending 🙂

  7. Bless the critters…and remember Romans 8:21-23, all creation…God bless them and thank you God for giving them to us. Reblogging this precious story on

  8. In my childhood, I had two Setters and one Basset Hound, among others.
    They were the sweetest dogs. They loved me as much as I loved them.
    This story warms my heart and I long to go back to those years. Thanks
    for this post.


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