Tilly wasn't in much of a hurry. She saw sheep, she took up the challenge!

The dog is back home in North Idaho after a traffic accident.  Spooked after her family was involved in the crash, Tilly took off and running.  She didn’t appear physically harmed.  Her owners and several passersby searched for the animal.  The crash happened on Highway 41 near Rathdrum.  It was midday Sunday.

Eventually, brokenhearted, the family went home to Hayden without Tilly.

A couple of sad days passed.  Then another family thought something looked strange with one of their own dogs.  They looked out the window and thought the fur had darkened.  The furry canine was herding their sheep.  All of a sudden, they realized it wasn’t their dog!

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At the very same time, a deputy was passing by.  They flagged him down and he had actually heard about Tilly going missing.  Sure enough, she was hard at work on a new job.  The deputy was happy to escort her home.

Linda Oswald, one of Tilly’s owners, posted the story on Facebook.  You can see the post at the top of this page.

I’ve heard the stories about dogs getting lost and then traveling thousands of miles to get home.  Clearly, Tilly felt like she had a job to do before heading home to her own family. It's really quite amazing the things animals do based off of instinct!

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