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Dog Spends A WEEK Guarding Her Trapped Best Friend Until Help Arrives
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Dog Spends A WEEK Guarding Her Trapped Best Friend Until Help Arrives

Tillie the golden retriever and Phoebe the basset hound didn’t return from a walk on Vashon Island, Washington, in early September. Their owner contacted Vashon Island Pet Protectors who, after five days, posted a lost dog notice to their Facebook. A stranger soon reported that Tillie had been seen on their property seemingly trying to draw human attention, so the VIPP volunteers set out to investigate.

“When I got there and looked down, Tillie saw me but didn’t come running up,” a volunteer told The Dodo. “She just stayed near the edge of this cistern, pressed with her head as close as she could get. Had she run up, we might have never realized that Phoebe was down there. She just stayed put, making it so clear that I had to come to her so I would see her friend.”

The dogs were both in good health, and had avoided dehydration by drinking rainwater.

More info: Facebook (h/t: thedodo)

“We had been out looking for about a week when we heard from a farmer here who noticed a reddish dog on his property”

They posted a missing-dog notice online

“Had she run up, we might have never realized that Phoebe was down there”

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AshleyMorgereth
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The likely reason the photos don't match is that the owners did not have any current photos of the dogs to use in the missing dogs notice and so they used photos of similar-looking dogs that they found online. I'm a lost pet consultant and this is what we advise pet owners to do when they don't have any good photos of their pets.

riti
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The dogs on the 'missing dogs notice' are different compared to other photos??

LaraAndersen
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

DOES ANYBODY BOTHER TO READ??? Thank you, Ashley, for taking the time to explain the reason why the photos don't "match". This is a happy ending to what was probably a very trying week for the owners. Isn't that what's really important here?!

LellGee
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Im thinking whey were they out on their own?

VictorVakaras
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lemme grab a few photos of your misery for posterity.

Baked_Potato
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the other people said, they most likely had other dogs stand in for the pictures in the news story. That's common.

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DebMartinKnaff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Of course they would use generic pics if they didn't have any of their own dogs. The whole world is not out to scam you, Catherine and everyone else that couldn't figure this one out. Man, the Negative Nellies are out in full force today aren't they?

Baked_Potato
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you! I was trying to explain this to other commenters as well

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SherrieDunlap
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was on the evening news with Lester Holt so it isn't staged.

AnnaWoder
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG!!! Who in his right mind leaves a hole without protection ...

ReneeJoslyn
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The dogs on the notice are different, because the owner didn't have good, recent photos of the dogs, so they used photos that are similar. The pet finder service I use for my pets maintains a library of photos, so if you don't have a great picture, you can use one that looks similar to your pet. Not everyone takes pictures of their pets on a regular basis.

PatriciaMeloy-Junkroski
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

if I ever get a dog it will probably be a Golden.

ClaireLajaunie
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Buddies are buddies or are not . how could you leave a friend in need? Great friendship!

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, the farmer saw a dog on its property and recognized that it tried to draw human attention but didn't go near it to check what was up with it until he saw the advertisement about the lost dogs (and saw a good opportunity to play pseudo hero) ? Egoistic asshole.

MaryanaSerpinina
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

90´s : if a dog is calling you just go with them, if they call it is for some reason... or people really think that now dogs are also terrorists? and 5 days? only 5 days later they were missing they put a notice of missing dogs?

AlaaNeamatalla
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

its new lesson from dogs to human about loyalty !!

DianaRobinson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didn't anyone notice that the person was also missing?

KennethMason
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know people who aren't that loyal, or kind natured.

DianeDesAutels
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks to me like the owners didn't have any good recent photos; the differences all seem to be the canine version of "going gray". Maybe this will make some non-shutterbug pet owners realize photos can be important.

DianeDesAutels
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I take it back: it's not just age: the basset lacks the missing-poster's blaze, and the retriever has one. They didn't have *any* photos? That's sad.

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LeannaPeiffer
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs what wonderful creatures, better than humans.

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The hound also would have certainly hurt herself had she fallen in there. Though I'm hard pressed to see that's possible for a basset hound to get up and over in the first place. Hmmmm .... I don't like being a pessimist, but this just doesn't add up ... They're both beautiful animals however.

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, maybe she could have jumped over that, it looks higher on end but maybe not so.

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CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They may not have had photo's, so used online photos they found, cuz the first photo is certainly a professional quality photo. Ok, that's realistic. But, my question is then, why were the dogs walking themselves??? That doesn't make any sense.

plummer_kayleigh
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Talk about the love i would do the same

Catherine
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs do not match photos. This is staged. Lets just throw a boy named timmy down a well now, might as well. Creeps.

WojciechBiałek
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"oh look, i found those dogs that are missing, quick make a bunch of pictures, it's gonna be a great heartwarming story! oh yeah and let's help them since we're here anyway."

Baked_Potato
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the other people said, the probably had other dogs stand in later on to take the pictures for the news story...gah!

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AshleyMorgereth
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The likely reason the photos don't match is that the owners did not have any current photos of the dogs to use in the missing dogs notice and so they used photos of similar-looking dogs that they found online. I'm a lost pet consultant and this is what we advise pet owners to do when they don't have any good photos of their pets.

riti
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The dogs on the 'missing dogs notice' are different compared to other photos??

LaraAndersen
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

DOES ANYBODY BOTHER TO READ??? Thank you, Ashley, for taking the time to explain the reason why the photos don't "match". This is a happy ending to what was probably a very trying week for the owners. Isn't that what's really important here?!

LellGee
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Im thinking whey were they out on their own?

VictorVakaras
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lemme grab a few photos of your misery for posterity.

Baked_Potato
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the other people said, they most likely had other dogs stand in for the pictures in the news story. That's common.

Load More Replies...
DebMartinKnaff
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Of course they would use generic pics if they didn't have any of their own dogs. The whole world is not out to scam you, Catherine and everyone else that couldn't figure this one out. Man, the Negative Nellies are out in full force today aren't they?

Baked_Potato
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you! I was trying to explain this to other commenters as well

Load More Replies...
SherrieDunlap
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was on the evening news with Lester Holt so it isn't staged.

AnnaWoder
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG!!! Who in his right mind leaves a hole without protection ...

ReneeJoslyn
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The dogs on the notice are different, because the owner didn't have good, recent photos of the dogs, so they used photos that are similar. The pet finder service I use for my pets maintains a library of photos, so if you don't have a great picture, you can use one that looks similar to your pet. Not everyone takes pictures of their pets on a regular basis.

PatriciaMeloy-Junkroski
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

if I ever get a dog it will probably be a Golden.

ClaireLajaunie
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Buddies are buddies or are not . how could you leave a friend in need? Great friendship!

JeanneDeaux
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, the farmer saw a dog on its property and recognized that it tried to draw human attention but didn't go near it to check what was up with it until he saw the advertisement about the lost dogs (and saw a good opportunity to play pseudo hero) ? Egoistic asshole.

MaryanaSerpinina
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

90´s : if a dog is calling you just go with them, if they call it is for some reason... or people really think that now dogs are also terrorists? and 5 days? only 5 days later they were missing they put a notice of missing dogs?

AlaaNeamatalla
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

its new lesson from dogs to human about loyalty !!

DianaRobinson
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didn't anyone notice that the person was also missing?

KennethMason
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know people who aren't that loyal, or kind natured.

DianeDesAutels
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks to me like the owners didn't have any good recent photos; the differences all seem to be the canine version of "going gray". Maybe this will make some non-shutterbug pet owners realize photos can be important.

DianeDesAutels
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I take it back: it's not just age: the basset lacks the missing-poster's blaze, and the retriever has one. They didn't have *any* photos? That's sad.

Load More Replies...
LeannaPeiffer
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs what wonderful creatures, better than humans.

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The hound also would have certainly hurt herself had she fallen in there. Though I'm hard pressed to see that's possible for a basset hound to get up and over in the first place. Hmmmm .... I don't like being a pessimist, but this just doesn't add up ... They're both beautiful animals however.

CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, maybe she could have jumped over that, it looks higher on end but maybe not so.

Load More Replies...
CrackrJax
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They may not have had photo's, so used online photos they found, cuz the first photo is certainly a professional quality photo. Ok, that's realistic. But, my question is then, why were the dogs walking themselves??? That doesn't make any sense.

plummer_kayleigh
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Talk about the love i would do the same

Catherine
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs do not match photos. This is staged. Lets just throw a boy named timmy down a well now, might as well. Creeps.

WojciechBiałek
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"oh look, i found those dogs that are missing, quick make a bunch of pictures, it's gonna be a great heartwarming story! oh yeah and let's help them since we're here anyway."

Baked_Potato
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the other people said, the probably had other dogs stand in later on to take the pictures for the news story...gah!

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