Chesterfield RSPCA rescue dog Beauty helps vulnerable woman cope with her lockdown ordeal

An abandoned dog nobody wanted has found a home as a support pet for a woman on the autistic spectrum who was struggling with the lockdown.

By Kev Rogers
Monday, 1st June 2020, 3:47 pm
Updated Monday, 1st June 2020, 3:47 pm

Cheryl Taylor, 33, has battled severe anxiety during Covid but now has Beauty to help her after the pooch's former owners could no longer manage her.

Cheryl, from Sutton adopted the five-year-old Bull Breed Cross dog from the RSPCA’s Chesterfield & North Derbyshire branch.

She said: “I will never forget the day this amazing dog came into my life.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Cheryl Taylor with rescue dog Beauty.

“Even though I fully understood the massive responsibilities of taking care of a dog, this did not phase me in the least.

“Beauty is more than just a dog to me; she is my best friend.”

Cheryl, who has autism spectrum condition, struggles with high levels of anxiety and best friend Beauty has been helping her navigate isolation.

She said: “Even though Beauty has received no formal assistance dog training, this is the role she plays in my life and she plays it superbly.

Beauty. See SWNS story SWMDdog. A dog who nobody wanted found her forever home and now helps her new owner with her autism and anxiety. Cheryl Taylor, from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, adopted five-year-old Beauty from the RSPCA’s Chesterfield & North Derbyshire branch in 2017. Once she’d reserved her she visited to take her some toys and treats, and to spend some time with her. She said: “I will never forget the day this amazing dog came into my life. Even though I fully understood the massive responsibilities of taking care of a dog, this did not phase me in the least.

“She is a very sensitive dog who is able to pick up on how I am feeling with no encouragement.

“If I’m particularly upset she will immediately sit, and raise her paw.

“If I sit down with her, she will give me a hug, often by placing one or two paws on my shoulder and resting her head on me.

“Having Beauty around also gives me a good sense of personal security. She will bark and alert me if there is anyone outside or around.”

Having the furry companion to look after has helped Cheryl have some routine and normality during the lockdown, along with support and affection.

She added: “This has been a difficult time but the lockdown has been that little bit easier for me thanks to Beauty.

“She’s given me a valid reason to go out and spend time in nature; she loves the woods, the sounds of the birds and spotting squirrels.

“Her happiness and excitement never fails to rub off on me! Beauty is a constant that never changes.

“Beauty changed my life forever, and I will be forever grateful to the RSPCA for bringing her into my life.”