Adopted Dog Saves Adopter’s Life

Taylar thought Roux was an angel on four paws. Then he proved it by saving her life.

Taylar + Roux

Roux was the angel-dog Taylar didn’t know she needed. Then her constant companion and traveling buddy saved her life.

"Out of nowhere, I was attacked by a complete stranger in broad daylight. In a moment where my life was flashing before my eyes, and I began to think of how horrible it might feel to die, Roux ran toward my attacker."

I have always told my dog, Roux, that I think he’s an angel sent from heaven — ever since he first came home with me from the municipal shelter in New York City, a skinny one-year-old dog. The stars aligned to bring us together — a donor had sponsored his continued stay at the crowded shelter, despite two bouts of kennel cough, buying him time for us to find each other. In fact, I hadn’t even gone looking for him, but when I saw him sitting quietly and patiently in his kennel, I knew he was the dog for me.

Adopted Dog Roux

From day one, it was clear that Roux is an exceedingly special dog, and friends and strangers alike would constantly remark on the same. Given his incredibly loving disposition and calm temperament, he received his AKC “Canine Good Citizen” certification and entered into therapy dog training.

At the hardest times in my life, he has been a constant rock, and he’s also shared in some of my biggest life events — including moving cross-country to California. It’s no surprise that he eventually got his own Instagram account to document our adventures!

Adopted Dog Roux

As lovely as this all is, however, it wasn’t until a little over five years together that I realized how accurate his “angel from heaven” nickname really was. In July 2018, on our usual morning walk, Roux saved my life. Out of nowhere, I was attacked by a complete stranger in broad daylight. In a moment where my life was literally flashing before my eyes, and I began to think of how horrible it might feel to die, Roux ran toward my attacker and jumped on him — in such a way that was enough to get his attention and startle him into turning away from me, but without actually causing any harm. While other dogs (or even other people) might run in the face of danger, Roux ran toward my attacker and herded him away from me, putting himself in the direct line of the attack. In some sort of miraculous turn of events, another passerby then appeared and helped me rescue Roux from the assailant.

Without Roux that day, I may not be alive. His bravery in the face of danger is amazing, not to mention that he managed to save me without harming another. The police even nicknamed him “Handsome Hero.”

Adopted Dog Roux

For anyone who is unsure about adoption — unsure about how an adult dog or a dog with an unknown past may react when in their new home — I believe my years of experience with Roux, who also happened to be my first dog as an independent adult, is evidence that the experience can be absolutely amazing.

The day I adopted Roux, I found myself annoyed at the wait times and processes I had to endure to finally walk out the door with him. If I had to go back and do it again, I would wait much, much longer for my best friend and “angel” dog.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Taylar won Animal Care Centers of NYC in New York, New York a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.