Two dogs in the US have made headlines after they vanished for a week.

On Monday, five days after Tillie and Phoebe were last seen, rescuers in Washington State finally located the pair in a ravine with one trapped in a concrete cistern.

It’s believed a family living close to the site noticed a ‘reddish’ setter (Tillie) approaching them and returning to the ravine every day for five days.

Turns out it was Tillie’s way of telling them something was wrong.

Her pal Phoebe, a basset hound was stuck in a cistern with no way of getting out.

Tillie wasn’t going to leave Phoebe to fend for herself.

Vashon Island Pet ProtectorsSo for five days Tillie tried desperately to raise the alarm.

Well it worked. The family Tillie approached alerted the local animal rescue group, Vashon Island Pet Protectors who eventually found the pair cold and hungry.

“So with a needle in the haystack hope we made our way into the ravine and after a bit of searching, finally heard that sweet sound we have been waiting for all week. A small one-woof response when we called out ‘Tillie’,” it read on their Facebook page.

“A few minutes later we found her laying beside an old cistern with her head resting on the concrete wall. Heart sinking…we knew that meant Phoebe was inside the cistern and every breath was held and every doggie prayer offered that the peek over the rim would somehow find her safe.”

Read the entire Facebook post here.

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