Last Sunday, Tilly, a 2-year-old border collie mix, was ejected from a vehicle during a car accident in Rathdrum, Idaho. The good boy was found doing the most collie-like thing he could possibly be doing—herding sheep at a sheep farm.
According to local news affiliate KHQ, Tilly was last seen running northwest from the crash scene into a field. Tilly’s loving family, The Oswalds, feared that they would never see their beloved pet ever again. They hung up flyers around town and posted to social media, hoping to be reunited with their dog.
Sheep farmer Travis Potter then got tagged in a Facebook post about Tilly by his grandmother, who lives all the way in southern California. Potter informed his nearby family about the dog, and sure enough, his brother Zane Potter spotted Tilly on their farm, hanging out in the sheep pen.
Zane Potter said that Tilly was scaring all the sheep.
They lured the dog out of the pen with salami. After all, hard-working sheep herders/furry trespassers can have a little salami, as a treat.
Travis Potter then connected with Tilly’s owners over Facebook. The Oswald’s were surprised by the outreach of the Facebook post, and they are so relieved to have their Tilly back home with them.
According to Tilly’s owner, the pooch lost some weight since Sunday’s crash and is now drinking lots of water but is otherwise healthy.
“You just don’t realize how many people are out there and how many people are looking at it, and he wouldn’t have him [back] if it wasn’t for social media,” said Mike Oswald.
Folks on Twitter were touched by the story, and impressed by Tilly’s work ethic.
Never underestimate the power of a good Facebook post OR how strong the urge to herd is for a border collie.