Dog stands guard for week protecting trapped friend

A dog dutifully stood guard for a nearly a week on Vashon Island only leaving to try to alert humans that Phoebe had fallen in a cistern.

Two dogs, Tillie, a setter mix, and Phoebe, a basset hound, were found Monday after being reported missing by their owners last week. Vashon Island Pet Protectors says volunteers looking for the pair received a call about a reddish dog being seen on someone’s property a few times before promptly heading back into the ravine.

The Pet Protectors followed the tip and found Tillie lying beside an old cistern. Inside rescuers found Phoebe on a pile of stones above the water.

The dogs were cold and hungry but otherwise unharmed.