How did Sherlock Holmes solve The case of the missing sheepdog? Using simple logic. What do sheepdogs do? They herd sheep. So if a sheepdog were to suddenly disappear, where could one expect to find it? Sheep grazing, of course.
Alright, to all of you fans, we know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote a story called The case of the missing sheepdog, but when Tilly, a 2-year-old border collie / red heeler mix, recently went AWOL after her humans and her truck were involved in a traffic accident, she was later found practicing her herding skills in a herd on a nearby farm.
Tilly (named for Gonzaga University basketball player Killian Tillie, currently on the Memphis Grizzlies roster) was kicked out of the Oswald family’s GMC Yukon when he collided with a Buick LeSabre last Sunday morning in Idaho. State Highway 41 near Rathdrum. Ejected through a broken window, a frightened Tilly ran across the fields.
A search was mounted almost immediately. Strangers stopped their cars near the crash site to help Mike and Linda Oswald search for their lost furry baby.
After 10 hours of hunting with no luck, the Oswald’s finished the night and headed home, but not before posting a photo of Tilly on Facebook and asking people to keep an eye out for their precious dog. His plea was shared more than 3,000 times.
The following Tuesday, Tyler Potter noticed that something peculiar was happening with one of the dogs on his family’s farm: An Australian Shepherd named Hooey looked a bit dull, as if his coat was darker. He mentioned it to his brother, Travis.
But it was only later, when another brother, Zane, noticed that Hooey was behaving strangely, instead of coming when called, the normally obedient dog ran in the other direction, the Potters began to suspect that something unusual was happening.
When the brothers finally put two and two together, they realized that what they were holding was not Hooey, it was not Hooey, it was another doggo altogether. Having been aware of the Oswalds’ Facebook post, they knew immediately that the fake pastor was none other than the Tilly who had run away.
By pure coincidence, a deputy sheriff, who was looking for signs of Tilly, passed just as the Potters reached their shocking conclusion. They renounced custody of the sheepdog impersonator to the law enforcement officer and did not press charges against Tilly for herding without a permit (although they were fairly certain that their enthusiastic but inexperienced attempts had gone awry and they sent several members of the herd off of the pasture to a farm. nearby road embankment).
Linda Oswald confirmed the Potters’ suspicions. “He will herd anything,” he told the Spokesperson-Review. “When I go to the dog park, he tries to gather people into a group.”
On Tuesday morning, Tilly was reunited with her cheerful family. Unharmed and relieved to be home, the only lingering effect of his two-day adventure was a tremendous thirst (which he unceremoniously quenched by licking large amounts of water from the toilet).
Linda Oswald admitted that she had been heartbroken over the loss of her beloved pet and couldn’t thank everyone who followed through with the search enough. If the pandemic-related pandemic of social isolation has a silver lining, Oswald believes it has inspired people to try to reconnect in whatever way they can.
“Suddenly, I think people saw a moment to really jump in and help, even if it was just a little thing like finding a dog,” he said. Spokesperson-Review. “There are a lot of nice people out there.”
And then, The case of the missing sheepdog it is happily closed … without a single “Elemental, my dear Watson” he exclaimed.
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