A 23-year-old man from Gloucestershire, England, says his pet dog saved his life by preventing him from killing himself during a bout of depression.
Byron Taylor told the Mirror how he was at a particularly low point in his life after a tough break-up. After drinking heavily one day, he decided to take his own life.
Taylor made a noose from a piece of rope, then went downstairs to write a suicide note to his family.
When he returned to the room, Geo, a 6-year-old Welsh bullmastiff, had the noose in his mouth.
“At first, I thought he wanted to play. I said ‘give it here,’ and he started growling at me,” Taylor told the Mirror.
Geo is usually a passive dog, Taylor said.
“He chewed up the noose. He never growls, but each time I tried to take it off him, he would snarl. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for him.”
Taylor has now recovered from depression.
“In a way, I think Geo knew what I was going to do. They have a sixth sense about this kind of thing. He knew something was up,” Taylor said.
Now Taylor is facing another difficult choice. Vets have diagnosed Geo with an aggressive brain tumor, and believe the dog has only weeks to live.
“Vets found a really aggressive tumor on his head and it is spreading to his muscles and his bones,” Taylor explained. “We going (sic) day by day. It’s a daily battle with the decision to put him down. The vet is happy for him to carry on as long as he is happy and playing, but it’s only going to be a matter of weeks.”
Taylor, who works for the ambulance service, is now trying to raise money for a local animal sanctuary.