Two years in the past, Mercedes Trujillo was at school in Utah when she acquired a textual content from her stepmom a couple of canine that her sister had practically run over. The pup was sporting a reputation tag that learn:

“My name is Lilly. If you found me, pls keep me. My fam can’t & I need love”

The heartbreaking photographs of a scared canine with a tag on her collar resonated with Mercedes, and he or she had the sensation that this canine was the one she had been on the lookout for.

The subsequent day, Mercedes made the hour drive dwelling and knew that she couldn’t let Lilly go to a different place or household. We had the chance to speak to Mercedes about how Lilly ended up saving her, quite than the opposite method round.

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The preliminary days with Lilly had been fairly tough. Lilly was fearful of males, aggressively so, and was affected by excessive separation anxiousness.

“Her points undoubtedly put a number of pressure on my dwelling scenario. At dwelling it was okay as a result of my dad and stepmom knew how a lot I cared for her, however the folks I used to be dwelling with up at college had been afraid that her concern of males would put them in peril, which I 100% understood.

Lilly would lash out at them, even when I used to be proper there. It wasn’t good. So, I moved dwelling, and drove day-after-day to highschool, simply so I might preserve Lilly. Of course there have been ideas of how issues could be simpler if I let her go to a different dwelling, however I didn’t need something taking place to her that I couldn’t management.

The hour drive backwards and forwards was taking a toll on me, however Lilly was pleased at my dad’s. So I acquired a letter from my therapist about how she was serving to me mentally (I used to be NOT in a very good place mentally and Lilly was truthfully the one factor preserving me round) and the college let her and I transfer in to on-campus housing collectively.

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That was when Lilly lastly settled down. I lived in a two-bedroom residence that was owned by the college. We had our personal room after which had two roommates that lived within the different room, however they LOVED Lilly. I stored her in my room after I was at school, but it surely’s nearly like she KNEW she couldn’t be thrown out of that area, that it was 100% hers. She was not harmful in that residence in any respect. She didn’t chew on something that wasn’t hers or rip up the ground making an attempt to flee.”

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While the wrestle to discover a place the place Lilly might really feel protected sufficient to cease inflicting destruction was tough for Mercedes, she wouldn’t have it some other method.

“It was very difficult to keep moving, especially since I wasn’t okay mentally, but I just clung to Lilly because we were both like black sheep; just a little too different to live in peace with others. Having her and not feeling so alone anymore was definitely what gave me the strength to keep finding places for us. We just connected in a way that I can’t really describe. She understood me and I understood her.”


Mercedes wished to assist Lilly overcome her concern of males, so she requested her professors for permission to convey Lilly to her predominantly male mechanical engineering lessons.

“I’m fairly fortunate that my college was very open to having canine round. They know that canine might help lots of people and since the suicide epidemic in Utah is so excessive, they had been prepared to do nearly something inside purpose to assist college students. I spoke to professors privately and most had been prepared to let Lilly into the category, since I used to be in my senior 12 months and the category sizes had been smaller. They knew that I used to be making an attempt to socialize her and revered that. It solely took her a few weeks and plenty of treats to get her to heat as much as the blokes in my class. I feel it helped that I tended to hang around with the identical guys and so they all preferred canine, in order that they proved to her that not all guys had been going to harm her.

She doesn’t actually have any lingering doubts about males anymore! Once she was fairly snug on campus and wasn’t growling at each man that handed, I began taking her to the canine park. That undoubtedly helped present her that many individuals do like canine, whereas additionally permitting her to socialize with different canine.”


Now that Lilly has discovered her consolation zone, she enjoys becoming a member of Mercedes for hikes, tenting, and working on the seaside of their new dwelling in California, particularly now that she has a youthful sister, Ayla, a rescue from The Barking Lot that turned part of the household just some weeks in the past.

“I just adopted Ayla about three weeks ago. I was feeling bad because Lilly kept trying to play with her cat siblings, but they’re old (I have an 18 year old and two 14 year olds), so they just want to hang out. Lilly has usually always lived with another dog but it’s always been somebody else’s, so I was a little worried that she would be jealous of another dog that was mine. So far, things have been great! Ayla is warming up very fast. She’s almost easier because she’s not aggressive when scared. But I take them to the park every day and just let them do their thing.”

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Is there something Mercedes would change about how Lilly was deserted or how tough it was for Lilly to settle into her pleased new life?

“I wish to say that I don’t harbor any unhealthy emotions towards those that deserted her and those that couldn’t have us of their properties anymore. I can’t think about having to make selections like that, however typically it’s important to. I’ll undoubtedly say to those who even when a canine looks as if it’s going to be a number of work at first, it’s value it to offer it a shot. I do know folks get turned off by canine being tremendous shy, however more often than not, all they want is endurance, stability, and love. Rescue canine are incredible.

I’m so glad that Lilly got here into my life when she did as a result of I’m not 100% positive I’d nonetheless be right here if she didn’t.”


Be positive to observe the adventures of Lilly (@loolydootandmoe) and Ayla (@themostshyayla) on Instagram!


Since we first shared this put up, Lilly’s sister Ayla handed away. Even earlier than she had spent a 12 months together with her new household, Ayla was hit by a passing automotive.

Mercedes has since adopted two different canine: Talut and Mokosh. They spend their days exploring the desert of Southern California. Keep up with them on Instagram.


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