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31 August 2018

Teddy and Taylor

Teddy and Taylor have become a community favourite at Arcare Portarlington.

Taylor and Teddy volunteer their time as part of Delta Dogs, and their weekly visits have become a highlight on the calendar.

Taylor had a stroke around 18 months ago. Neurologists told Taylor that only 3% of people survive after this particular type of stroke, and, of these people, most will be left with disabilities.

Thankfully, Taylor beat the odds and made an incredible recovery. Taylor believes that her recovery has been so remarkable thanks to the support of her good friend Teddy.

Teddy comes from a 20 year line on Taylor’s rural property. He has always been highly intelligent and amazing with people, especially children.

A reliable friend, Teddy has saved Taylor from many risky situations, including a brown snake in the lounge room one day.

Teddy is enjoying his retirement from farm life by spending time by the beach; he loves the surf. He also loves to visit his friends at Arcare and local disability services where he visits.

One of the main reasons Taylor started volunteering with disabled services is the realisation that her situation could have been much worse.

Taylor loves to hear the stories of the people she visits. She was recently fascinated to hear that May was a plotter during the war. She worked underground with head phones and maps, and relayed the information back to the planes.

When May moved to Australia, she worked as a vet in Werribee. Taylor consults May on any of Teddy’s health issues.

Taylor said, ‘I am always grateful for her stories of old and our precious time spent together.’

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