Tillie the Hero Dog Named Washingtonian of the Day by Governor Jay Inslee

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  1. La Louve

    La Louve For Whitney and Teghan

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    OLYMPIA —

    Thursday’s Washingtonian of the Day has four legs and a coat of red fur.

    Tillie, the dog who stood guard and helped rescuers find her canine friend Phoebe in a cistern on Vashon Island after the two went missing in mid-September, was presented the honor by Gov. Jay Inslee.

    Tillie, an Irish setter-spaniel mix, plays the homebody, rarely leaving their property without Phoebe [a Basset Hound], Duft said. When the pair wandered off last month and went missing for about a week, Tillie tried to alert nearby homeowners that Phoebe was in the cistern in a ravine by running out and then running back to the cistern. Phoebe was stranded on some rubble a few feet down in the cistern — too far for a basset hound’s stubby legs to find a way out.

    During the ceremony, Inslee had Tillie sit next to him as he urged “everyone in Washington to celebrate the bravery and loyalty of this canine companion.” Along with a written proclamation came a Washington apple pin on a ribbon that was tied around Tillie’s neck.

    Much more at the link, including photos of both Tillie and Phoebe with Governor Inslee.
    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/vashon-hero-dog-tillie-gets-award-from-governor/
     
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  3. Backwoods

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    Happy these two pals made it through their misadventure OK! That's the kind of pal to have.
     
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    Great story and great pic from article, so cute it's worth reposting in case anyone doesn't click the link.

    They look so happy! I love photos of smiling truly happy dogs.

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  5. Meryl12

    Meryl12 New Member

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    I love this story. These dogs knew to try to alert people to help them.
    Their belief in us is amazing....and heartwarming.
     
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    Sonya610 Former Member

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    Tillie had that belief because she was raised by a good person that DID care about them.

    Neglected/mistreated dogs kept by heartless people probably wouldn't have looked for human assistance because all of the humans they have known didn't give a ****.
     
  7. Blondie in Spokane

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    This is the sweetest story and I agree....those dogs look happy and so loved!

    What a true and loyal friend you are, Tillie!
     
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    Thanks for posting this story La Louve! Made me SO happy today!! :loveyou:

    Bark on Tillie and Phoebe!
     

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