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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A dog credited with standing guard for a nearly a week to protect another dog that had fallen in a cistern has received an award from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Tillie, a setter-spaniel mix, was presented the "Washingtonian of the Day'' award Thursday, joined by her friend Phoebe and owner B.J. Duft.

Last month, the two dogs were found on Vashon Island after they were reported missing by Duft the previous week. Volunteers looking for the pair received a call about a reddish dog being seen on someone's property a few times before promptly heading back into a ravine.

A picture taken at the time they were found showed Tillie sitting next to the cistern where Phoebe, a basset hound, was lying on a pile of stones above the water.