Oregon Man and His Dog Survive Five Days in a Toyota on Taco Sauce

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Deep snow prevented 4Runner from moving before stranded driver was rescued by a snowmobile rider days later.

What’s one of the best things about owning a Toyota pickup or SUV? Being able to go off-roading in it. There’s a lot of off-road capability already on tap from the lot, with tons of aftermarket goodies to boost that cred to the highest peaks.

Sometimes, though, nature finds a way to counter Toyota’s toughness. Portland, Oregon ABC affiliate KATU-TV reports an Oregon man and his dog were stuck in their 2000 4Runner for five days due to the deep snow.

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The story began on February 24, when Jeremy Taylor of Sunriver, Oregon, and his dog, Ally, went up a forest service road for some fun in the snow. However, the driver had not anticipated just how treacherous the weather was, and the 4Runner wound up stuck, leaving Taylor and Ally stranded for the night.

The next day, Taylor tried to get help, but the deep snow made things difficult. Thus, he and Ally took shelter in their 4Runner for the next few days, turning the SUV on and off to keep warm, and living off of Taco Bell Fire taco sauce packets for food.

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On March 1, the duo were rescued by an Oregon Water Resource SnowCat piloted by a member of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, then reunited with friends and family nearby.

As a bonus, sister ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle says Taylor will be receiving a few tacos and a care package from Taco Bell, whose packets kept the duo alive over those chilly days in the Oregon snow. We hope their 4Runner gets a care package for providing shelter to Taylor and Ally, too.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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