Linda Oswald kisses 2 year old dog Tilly at their home in Hayden, Idaho on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The dog went missing for two days after being thrown from a vehicle in a car crash and was apparently found in doing the job was bred to do – raise sheep. Oswald’s family and their dog, Tilly, were driving Idaho State Highway 41 on Sunday when they crashed into another car, throwing the dog out of the rear window, The Spokesman-Review reported. (Kathy Plonka / The spokesperson-Revue via AP)
A companion dog who went missing for two days after being thrown from a vehicle in an accident has been found apparently doing the job he was raised to do – herding sheep.
Linda Oswald’s family and their dog, Tilly, were driving along Idaho State Highway 41 on Sunday when they crashed into another car, throwing the dog out of the rear window, The Spokesman-Review reported.
The unharmed but stunned dog then fled, prompting an immediate search with at least six complete strangers who witnessed the crash and pulled up along the highway to help, Oswald said.
“People kept coming out,” Oswald said, noting that the search lasted about 10 hours on Sunday before the family returned home. “We were sore and exhausted.
Oswald said the family then wrote a Facebook post containing a photo of the 2-year-old border collie and red heel mix and more than 3,000 people shared the post. It was then that Tyler, Travis and Zane Potter recognized the dog in the photo as the same dog they saw on Tuesday at their family farm south of Rathdrum.
The Potters and Oswalds both think Tilly was drawn to the farm and their sheep.
“I think this dog was trying to come together,” said Travis Potter.
Oswald said if it hadn’t been for the job, he would still be here.