Border Collie Missing After Car Crash Is Found on a Farm Herding Sheep

While some pups are lapdogs, others love to perform their job. Sheepdogs, for instance, have such strong herding instincts that it's not uncommon to hear about dogs trying to group children together. Tilly is a border collie and heeler mix not raised on a farm. But after a car accident separated him from his family, he was found starting a new life among sheep.

The car crash happened on the state highway near Rathdrum, Idaho. Although no people were harmed, Tilly was ejected from the truck's rear window and ran away into the grass after being spooked by the commotion. His owner Linda Oswald was worried about his safety and quickly shared the incident on social media to spread the word. “Mike and I were in a car accident,” Oswald wrote. “We are good but my dog Tilly is missing. He was thrown out and was seen running north.”

Two days later, Tilly was finally found in a much different environment. Travis and Zane Potter were attending to their farm when they noticed an extra sheepdog in the field. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, where did this dog come from, how did it get here?'” Travis Potter said. “I think that dog was trying to herd.”

After finishing his stint as a working sheepdog, Tilly was safely returned to his family. “He’ll herd anything,” Oswald commented. “When I go to the dog park, he tries to herd the people into one group.” We're happy to hear that Tilly is safe and sound.

A border collie and heeler mix named Tilly was ejected from the window during a car crash. Two days later, he was found on a farm herding sheep.

h/t: [KHQ]

All images via Linda Oswald.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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