Tillie the dog was named Washingtonian of the Day by Governor Jay Inslee for watching over her dog friend Phoebe who was trapped in a cistern for nearly a week. The two had been missing for several days on Vashon Island in Washington State when Tillie eventually managed to capture the attention of a local human before quickly returning to watch over Phoebe. As a basset hound, Phoebe's poor little legs weren't long enough to get her out of the cistern. For days, Tillie never left her guard post for long, always returning after trying to alert humans to the critical situation.
Luckily, a fortunate Tillie sighting led Vashon Island Pet Protection to locate both dogs and rescue Phoebe. They were reunited with their owner, BJ Duft, who accompanied them to the award ceremony at the governor's office. Tillie received an official written proclamation of her award, and a Washington apple pin on a ribbon that was tied around her neck.
True friendship is its own reward, but a fancy trip to the governor's office is pretty sweet too. The governor has only given out about 70 of these awards since taking office in 2013, which means humans in Washington need to step up their game. Additionally, Vashon Island has an unofficial mayoral election every year, and Tillie could be a top contender. Maybe she'll be the one to hand out awards one day.