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Dog Found Help for Friend Stuck for a Week in a Ravine

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

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 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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