For nearly six days, Jeremy Taylor and his dog, Ally, were stranded.
The Oregon man set out last Sunday in his Toyota 4Runner, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in Bend, Oregon. His dog, Ally, was in the vehicle, but Taylor didn’t have a phone for what was to be a short trip to fill up the tank.
He did, however, have a few packages of taco sauce, which may have well helped save his life.
“Jeremy told investigators he had gone up FS Road 40 on Sunday, but became stuck in the snow,” the sheriff’s office would explain later. “He awoke Monday to even more snow and was unable to get his vehicle unstuck.”
Taylor tried to walk out Monday with Ally by his side, but the snow was too deep and impassable. They returned to the SUV.
A missing person — and dog — bulletin was issued on Wednesday.
“Jeremy stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and used a few taco sauce packets he had as food,” police said.
Finally, on Friday afternoon — March 1 — a snowmobiler called 911 to report the missing man was on Forest Service Road 40 near Wake Butte, west of Sunriver.
A search and rescue officer headed to the scene on a SnowCat where he found the man and his dog.
“Jeremy and Ally were found to be in good condition, but hungry after being stuck in the snow for five days,” police said.
“The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who assisted with the search for Jeremy and his dog Ally,” police added.
Taylor, for one, is forever grateful.
He posted this to Facebook.
“Thank you everyone, I’m safe my Ally dog is safe,” he wrote. “I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky, lets never do that again.”
Photos Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook