About a year ago I couldn’t find my dog Roscoe. I kept calling his name, but he wasn’t responding. I searched the garage and the house, but there was no sign of him. My other dog, Anna, watched me do this. When I looked at her and said, “Where’s Roscoe?” all she did was wag her tail. As it turned out, Roscoe was in the backyard, lying down under some bushes in the shade on the side of the house. He didn’t get up until I found him there and asked him if he wanted to go in the house.
That was just a minor, temporary panic, but what about when your dog goes missing for real – or worse, both of your dogs go missing?
Earlier this month the Seattle-based Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) posted on Facebook about two dogs – Phoebe and Tillie – who had gone missing. The dogs hadn’t been seen in almost a week and the organization and the dogs’ owners were very concerned.
Just two days later, VIPP “received a call from a community member reporting that for the past few days a ‘reddish’ dog had been coming up to them when they were out on their property and then promptly heading back into a ravine,” they said in a Facebook post. The team searched the ravine, calling out Tillie’s name. When she finally responded, they located her near a cistern. Phoebe was inside and the search team were worried that something terrible had happened to her. Luckily she was safe and both dogs were able to return home.
For a week Tillie sat with Phoebe until she was finally able to get help – the perfect example of true friendship.