Hero Irish Setter Protects Trapped Basset Hound For an Entire Week

Published On 09/18/2015 Published On 09/18/2015

Dogs obviously have a reputation for loyalty -- but an Irish Setter named Tillie has forever cemented the concept by keeping watch over a Basset Hound trapped in a concrete cistern for a week until rescuers came to their sides. America's leading source on dog-related incidents, USA TODAY, reports that Tillie the setter kept watch over Phoebe the Basset Hound for a full week, only leaving to find help. 

The animals were only found after a nonprofit animal rescue organization, Vashon Island Pet Protectors, posted a picture of both dogs on their Facebook without knowing they were together. An anonymous source called V.I.P.P saying they had seen a stray "reddish dog," around, leading volunteers to inspect the area. When the volunteers called out her name and heard a one-woof response, they found Tillie watching over Phoebe in the cistern. 

Somebody choppin' onions in here?

Facebook/Vashon Island Pet Protectors

This, of course, raises the bigger question: is dog indeed man's best friend? Or is it all just a ploy devised by dogs to unite every breed of canine together? Wait, why would they do that? That doesn't make sense.

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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and is definitely a dog person, meaning he is literally half-dog, half-person. 



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