Jay Inslee: Washington governor awards dog who protected friend

Jay Inslee: Washington governor awards dog who protected friend

Jay Inslee, Washington Governor Honors Dog Who Protected Trapped Friend.

A dog that stood watch for almost a week to protect a second dog that fell into a cistern was named “Washingtonian of the Day” by Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, The Associated Press reports.

Inslee gave setter-spanial mix Tillie a written proclamation and a Washington apple pin on a ribbon, which he tied around her neck, the guardian.com reports.

Tillie, 11, and her basset hound friend Phoebe, 4, were found in September nearly a week after they went missing, the AP reports.

Volunteers searching for the dogs were told that a “reddish dog” had been reported running from a ravine onto someone’s property and barking before returning to the ravine, USA Today reported in September. The dogs were found shortly afterward.

B.J. Duft, who owns both Tillie and Phoebe, says the dogs now have GPS-equipped collars, the AP reports.