Tillie sat with Phoebe for nearly a week and helped in her rescue.
The best buds went for a walk on September 7 when the front door of the house they lived in happened to be open since there was a party, the dog owner B.J. Duft told ABC News. "Tillie would never leave even if the gate was left open, but she's best friends with Phoebe, and so when Phoebe follows her little Basset Hound nose, Tillie always goes with her to make sure she's OK," Duft explained.
The dogs had been lost for a week until Amy Carey of VIPP, which had helped the owner with searching, received a call from a local resident September 14, who said he may have spotted the reddish dog on his property. It had turned up there several times but rushed back to the woods before the caller could do anything to help. "It turned out the dog was Tillie trying to get help for Phoebe, who had gotten stuck,"Carey said, ABC News reports. The search group quickly located the missing friends with one of them sitting on a pile of concrete rubble at the bottom the cistern and the other lying not so far away.
Vets said that both dogs, despite having been cold and hungry for a week, are perfectly fine. They came back home to a "hamburger" grand dinner, hung out on a couch, and then got some long-needed sleep, the owner said.
"A round of applause to the awesome and amazing Miss Tillie. A true friend and a humbling example of the power of love,"Carey concluded in the Facebook post.