A 2-Year-old dog named Tilly’s family was heartbroken. As the Oswalds drove down Idaho State Highway 41 on a Sunday in mid-June, they were involved in an accident. Upon impact, their beloved pup Tilly was thrown from the car’s shattered back window. Incredibly, Tilly didn’t sustain any injuries. Terrified by the incident, however, the border collie and red heeler mix took off running.
Immediately following the accident, Tilly’s panicked family set out to look for her. Kind strangers pulled over as well, offering to help the family search for the frightened pup. After nearly 10 hours, the exhausted family decided to go home for the day.
To spread the word about their missing family member, Linda Oswald posted a picture of Tilly on Facebook with a plea for help.
“We have not found our pup Tilly. We are offering a reward. He is shy so please pm me or contact via FB if you see him,” Linda wrote.
Linda’s post spread far and wide, with over 3,000 shares and a community of people rooting for the young dog to return home. Miles away on the Potter family’s farm, Tyler Potter noticed something strange. One of the family’s Australian shepherds looked different, and when they tried calling him, the typically obedient dog ran off.
Zane Potter went out to get a closer look, and realized it wasn’t one of their dogs at all – it was Tilly. Fewer than two miles from the crash, Tilly’s instincts called him to action. For the first time in his life, Tilly stumbled upon the opportunity to herd sheep. And man, did that good boy seize it.
The Potter family knew of Tilly from Linda’s far-reaching Facebook post, so by midday Tuesday, the opportunistic pup returned home to his overjoyed family.
“I think people saw a time to really jump out and help, even if it was just a small thing like finding a dog,” Oswald told the Spokesman-Review. “There’s a lot of kind people out there.”