An epic story of willpower, survival and sauce has emerged this week, after a man and his dog were finally rescued from an Oregonian snowstorm in extremely unusual circumstances. 36-year-old Jeremy Taylor became trapped in his car after an expedition for petrol went awry. What followed was a battle against the elements and proof of the power of a healthy supply of condiments.
Media outlets, including Global News and CNN report that Jeremy left his house on Sunday, along with his trusty dog Ally, to get fuel from a nearby gas station. Despite adverse conditions, Jeremy felt that he could make it there and back without running any serious risks. As an experienced outdoorsman, this was hardly the first time that he had ventured outside during difficult weather.
However, it quickly became clear that leaving the house had been a horrible mistake. Jeremy soon became stuck in a huge snow drift and was left stranded on the side of a rarely used road. Not only was he left high and dry, but he had also “lost his phone before the weekend began,” according to his mother. Unable to move or call for help, he decided to wait it out inside his SUV.
He awoke on Monday to even more snow settling on the ground outside. Growing increasingly desperate, Jeremy decided to take Ally and try to walk to safety. However, the deep drifts made progress slow and dangerous, at which point he decided reluctantly to return to the car. It was at this point that the trouble really started.
Snow continued to fall over the next four days, leaving Jeremy trapped and with few options. With his chances of survival looking slim, he turned to one of the few options he had available. According to a report from the local sheriff’s office, “Jeremy stayed warm over the next four days by periodically starting his vehicle and used a few taco sauce packets he had as food.” It is unsure what he used as a water source. Incredibly, both he and Ally managed to survive until they were spotted by a passing snowmobile rider five days after becoming stuck.
Though the story has a happy ending, Jeremy’s own mother later revealed just how fortunate her son had been. Speaking to reporters after he had been safely rescued, Janet Main-Jones told The Oregonian newspaper, “He’s been outdoors. He’s familiar with his area, and he knew he was in trouble,” adding, “I didn’t think he was going to come out alive. After five days, in that kind of weather, who survives that?”
Despite what obviously must have been a harrowing ordeal, Jeremy seems to be in high spirits. The sheriff’s office reported that, though they were in good condition, both Jeremy and Ally were "hungry after being stuck in the snow for five days." Posting on social media after his rescue, Jeremy wrote, “Thank you everyone, I’m safe my Ally dog is safe [sic]. I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky, let’s never do that again.” He went on to add, “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives.” Never was a truer word spoken.