The Story of Taylor, a Shelter Dog



This is Taylor. Photos courtesy of Aileen Peek

Taylor's story is narrated here by longtime MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Bruce McElmurray.

My name is Taylor and I live at San Luis Animal Welfare Society where I have been for the past 10 months. I am grateful that this is a "no-kill" shelter, as I am old and wouldn’t last at one that did not have this policy. Bruce and Carol McElmurray saw a photo of me online and were desiring to take me into their home for my remaining days. I’m disabled because my back legs don’t work so well and coupled with my senior status people don’t even glance my way at the shelter. By the time I can get up to greet them they have already moved on to other needy dogs. Bruce says I am an ambassador for the shelter because I represent so many dogs just like myself. 

The nice people at the shelter drove me to Bruce and Carol’s house to see if it would suit me. Unfortunately I couldn’t get up the five steps to the entrance. I tried really hard but my back legs just wouldn’t support me. I knew this might be my last chance at a home but I just couldn’t do it. I weigh around 100 pounds so they could not carry me so I failed again to get a real home. Carol did take me inside but there were two more steps to get into the house; I couldn't climb those either. Carol and Bruce and the nice lady at the shelter all cried but I knew I could never make it up those stairs no matter how hard I tried. 

I ended up at the shelter in the first place because a kind lady saw that I was confined to a backyard in a hole I dug for myself. I was hoping that it would work at Bruce and Carol’s home; it looked like what I had hoped for. Maybe one day someone who lives on a homestead with flat land will notice me and take me into their family.  

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