OK, before you read another sentence, you might want to grab a couple of tissues and put them beside your computer, because this is about the sweetest display of friendship we’ve ever seen.
On September 7, Tillie, an 11-year-old Irish Setter-Spaniel mix, and Phoebe, a 4-year-old Bassett Hound escaped from their owner’s Vashon, Washington, home when the front door was accidentally left open, ABC News reports.
“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,” owner B.J. Duft told ABC News. “They’re best pals — inseparable.”
The pups had been missing for more than a week when someone called Vashon Island Pet Protectors to report that he’d seen a “reddish” dog near his property. The dog, he said, would start to approach him before turning around and going back into a ravine in a wooded area. Pet Protectors decided to investigate and could not believe what they found.
Phoebe was stuck in a stone cistern, unable to climb out, and Tillie was waiting beside her, keeping watch over her best friend.
“It was very clear what Tillie had done,” Amy Carey of the Pet Protectors told the news station. “She had not left her friend’s side except for going up to the man’s house when he was there to try and get help for Phoebe.”
When the dogs were returned to Duft, he said they celebrated with a special hamburger dinner. He also said that he’s ordered GPS collars for his pets, so he doesn’t have to worry about losing them again.
Could you pass us one of those tissues, please?