(above) Tyler's new electric scooter was a million times better than
the noisy old beast tractor! He was super happy.
||Tyler had not had a walk for several
days. The old tractor broke an axle. It would be a hassle to
Rusty was sad, which made
Tyler sad because they enjoyed their daily adventures trotting about
Rusty tried to get an electric mobility scooter but it was
complicated. Internet sites did not have any showroom where he could
go test one to see if it was really worth buying.
Also Rusty had to kind of juggle his expenses to buy one...and no
one was sympathetic. No one wanted to help him and Tyler. It was
going to take all the money from Christmas sales to pay for it. But
Rusty knew they could swing if...if only someone would open up a
tiny ray of hope. That is when Rusty remembered Tyler was magic. He
Tyler the Wonder Dog.
(above) The mystery mansion lay at the Gates of Heaven. It was an entire block enclosed by an iron
picket fence. It was cool.
||Tyler's scooter miracle
Rusty remembered that things happen for a reason. Well not always
but let's not go there right now. Anyway—the tractor broke down
for a reason.
Rusty remembered that Tyler's soul had been created by 10,000
Angels, that he had waited all his life to be worthy of having Tyler
For example, when the tree limb cracked open his skull last summer
Tyler had gone to the Emergency room with him. They asked "Is
that your service dog?" and Rusty said "No, he's my attorney
and must be present during all medical procedures." That seemed
OK with the nurse so they let Tyler stay with him while they stapled
Rusty's head. That was impossible so it must have been a miracle.
"He's my attorney...?!" It was like that scene in Star Wars
where Obi-Wan Kenobi tells the Storm Trooper "These aren't the
droids you're looking for. Move along."
So you see, Tyler is magic—kind of like Obi-Wan, or Jesus. Heck,
everyone who met the wonder dog knew he was magic. You can see it in
his smiling eyes.
(above) the overgrown mystery house inside the
Gates of Heaven. It looked like something from Charles Dickens book
David Copperfield. Tyler wondered if maybe God lived in there...
Was Tyler magic like Obi-Wan Kenobe?
||Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.
Obi-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don't need to
see his identification
Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification
Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you're looking for
Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for
Obi-Wan: He can go about his business
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business
Obi-Wan: Move along
Stormtrooper: Move along... move along
||When the tractor broke down it
was actually a miracle in disguise as they say. It was a noisy, dangerous machine that had
almost killed Rusty when it ran over him. Neither Rusty nor Tyler
really liked it, but that was all they had to walk Tyler because
Rusty had degenerative disc disease and a torn right knee. Oh, and
he was too fat to very walk far anyway. They had to use the
Tyler attended Donna Soderstrom's first dog training class on
October 14. There were half a dozen other dogs that drove Tyler
crazy with distraction. He was jumping and squirming so much Rusty had to put him in
the down position and stand on the leash for most of the class.
Those 6 dogs in Donna's class all wanted to be free of their leashes
to sniff and play with each other. But no, instead they had to
"Sit", "Look at me", and all that dog training stuff.
(right) Tyler looking through the Gates of
||Rusty told the dog training lady about
the tractor and how that prevented Tyler from getting his exercise. He
asked her if she knew anything about mobility scooters.
Well, here is where the miracle happened—she gave him the name of a
friend, Carole McFarland, with The Society of Handicapped fat
guys and German Shepherds. Or something like that. After class
Rusty emailed her.
Carole McFarland was an Angel! She quickly emailed back and suggested a call to Robert Borman
of Modesto Mobility.
Rusty called. WOW! He was super positive & helpful. Tyler and Rusty
test drove a scooter the very next afternoon. Tyler just loved it! It was fast! It was
(right) Because Tyler was a Saint, when he lay
down flowers magically appeared around him.
Roses were Tyler's favorite flower so Rusty picked some for him.
Robert Borman at Modesto Mobility was just amazing! He knew all about these machines. He
only sold really good quality ones. The miracle was he took a
partial payment, a down payment on Tyler's American Express, and let
him take the scooter home right then and there. WOW!
When they went for their walk the scooter was so silent Tyler could
use his sensitive hearing to pick up all sorts of sounds. Rusty
could actually hear his MP3 player for the first time. All that
noisy, vibrating old tractor had been transformed into a silent
stealth mode flying carpet. It was faster than the tractor so Tyler
really had to prance to keep up. That was good for his dog muscles
to get the endorphins flowing through his body. Tyler was in bliss!
Rusty was super happy. They went all the way to the mystery
mansion—the one that reminded Rusty of that Charles Dickens story
about David Copperfield. It had rose bushes so Rusty picked two
roses for his dog pal. Those were Tyler's favorite.
Tyler was much, much happier trotting next to Rusty on the electric
flying carpet. On the way home Rusty spotted a young couple jogging
towards them on the other side of the road. They each had a leash
with a huge shaggy dog. Rusty pulled over to the curb, brining Tyler
next to him and made him sit. He held Tyler's collar as the joggers
passed and sure enough—the two dogs exploded in barking. They pulled
so powerfully that they nearly dragged the two joggers across the
But Tyler's cheek rested on Rusty's leg as he held his beloved dog.
Tyler never barked as the other dogs disrespectfully dragged their
owners in an uncontrollable outburst. Tyler had learned to stay
cool, Rusty had learned how to handle such a magnificent canine
As they quietly resumed their adventure it was obvious to Rusty that
Tyler was magic. Now they had a magic electric flying carpet, too.
There would be many, many more wonderful adventures shared by these
More adventures of Tyler the Wonder Dog...