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Missing dog, Tilly, thrown in car crash found herding sheep on Idaho farm

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6/10/2021 Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY
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A dog named Tilly is back home after an eventful 48 hours. 

Linda Oswald’s family and their 2-year-old border collie were driving on a highway Sunday in Idaho when their GMC Yukon collided with another car, the Spokesman-Review reported

State police troopers said the driver of the other vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital and was treated and released. No one else was injured in the crash, but police asked for people in the area to be on the lookout for Tilly, who was ejected from the vehicle when the rear window shattered and ran off, unharmed, after the collision. 

a large brown dog lying on the ground: Police shared this photo of Tilly the dog after he was ejected during a car crash in Idaho. © Idaho State Police Police shared this photo of Tilly the dog after he was ejected during a car crash in Idaho.

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Tilly has no tail and a dark face and weighs about 70 pounds. 

The Oswalds searched for Tilly for 10 hours Sunday before heading home.  

“We were sore and exhausted,” Oswald told the Spokesman-Review. 

The family created a Facebook post with a picture of Tilly in hopes of finding their beloved pet.  

“We are offering a reward,” Oswald said June 6 in a post that’s been shared more than 3,000 times. "He is shy so please pm me or contact via FB if you see him."

The post reached a farm a mile and a half from the accident where two brothers, Travis and Zane Potter, noticed something different about one of their shepherds, the Spokesman-Review reported.  

The dog had redder fur than their Australian shepherd named Hooey. The brothers recognized Tilly from the Facebook post. 

A Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office deputy was driving by, and Zane handed Tilly off Tuesday morning.  

“I think that dog was trying to herd,” Travis Potter told the Spokesman-Review. 

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The Oswalds were reunited with Tilly that morning, but Tilly may have been still reeling from the accident.  

“(Tilly) was not having it,” Oswald said. “I think he was a little upset, like, ‘Hey, you guys left me out on that prairie for 48 hours.’” 

The dog had lost some weight but was otherwise healthy, KHQ reported

“I just cried every day,” Oswald told the Spokesman-Review. “It was ridiculous, but you get so emotional over your pets.” 

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

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