After one heck of a week in in the woods in Vashon, Washington, dog pals Tillie and Phoebe are now home safe and sound.
Thanks to the Vashon Island Pet Protectors shelter and several volunteers, the dogs were found alive after being missing for nearly a week.
Tillie, a setter, stayed with Phoebe, a basset hound, who was trapped in a concrete cistern in a ravine, according to USA Today.
Vashon Island Pet Protectors had posted on their Facebook page asking for help finding the dogs and a few days later they got a call from a resident saying a “reddish” dog had been wandering into their yard and going back into the woods.
After that tip, volunteers went into the woods to search. They called out “Tillie” and one bark was all it took.
“They knew that meant Phoebe was inside the cistern. Every breath was held and every doggie prayer offered that the peek over the rim would somehow find her safe,” said VIPP employee Amy Carey.
Both dogs were cold and hungry but are doing well.
Carey reminds people who lose their dogs to keep looking.
“Hope is an awfully hard thing to keep open and alive in the face of heartbreak, but it so important for happy endings for missing pets – or even for unhappy endings with closure,” she said.
Unfortunately, not all communities are lucky to have organizations like Vashon Island Pet Protectors to help in the search for lost pets. For information on what to do if your dog or cat goes missing, check out the Humane Society of the United State’s helpful guide.