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June 11, 2013

Memories of Tillie, the ‘Indian Fort Dog’

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BEREA —

Back then, she said, Tillie walked in front of them up the trail. But Tuesday, the group had to stop and wait for Tillie to catch up a few times, Eva said.

When the group decided to leave, the faithful dog rested for a few more moments but then jumped up and followed the group down the trail.

Jimmy and I had given her pretzels and ice, but apparently our food bribe wasn’t good enough.

“She stays loyal to whatever group she starts out with. I never heard of her switching to someone else in mid-hike,” Bhana said in a November 2011 article written by Tom Chase for the “Bereapedia,” the Berea College Encyclopedia.

“She sees that as her job,” Ron told Chase. “She’s totally dedicated to Indian Fort hiking … She lives with us, but she’s very much her own dog.”

Bhana estimated that Tillie hiked the mountain as often as ten times a day. But these days, the old collie comes home very tired, she said.

But, as long as her pain is manageable, Bhana said Tillie will be out on the trails doing what she loves during what time she has left.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669,  Ext. 6696.

 

 Love for Tillie

Since news broke of Tillie’s illness, well-wishes have been pouring in on Facebook:

Julia Phillips - “I haven't met you Tillie but love you and your giving heart! You are a blessing even to those who haven't met you, so I can only imagine how your trail climbers feel about their buddy:) Thanks for being you!!”

Tonya Purdy - “Thank you, Tillie, for all of the wonderful times at the Pinnacles. May your spirit roam free in the mountains, and may comfort come to your dearest human friends.”

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