We know how much adopting a pet can change our lives for the better, so it’s not uncommon or surprising to hear new pet parents say, “My dog really rescued me.” Pets can provide an amazing source of emotional support, saving us from our darkest thoughts and getting us through our toughest days. For one man, though, his rescue dog literally rescued him when he had a terrifying medical episode, and he has her to thank for his life today.

The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Shelter in New Jersey shared an incredible story about one of their former residents who got a new home just a few months ago. Sadie, a six-year-old German Shepherd, came to the shelter after her owner moved, and having lost her family, she was “confused and seemingly lost,” according to the rescue. She was going to be a challenge to rehome, but the right person, Brian Myers, happened to walk into the shelter and into Sadie’s life.

A post from the shelter told the sweet story:

“Sadie is a loyal dog, but nervous and protective with new people, making her a more difficult placement.  Just a few months ago, Brian came into Sadie’s life and decided to adopt her.  Though her bio noted that she was especially nervous with men, Brian felt a special bond with Sadie, as he valued her intelligence, hesitancy to trust and fierce loyalty once she did form that trust. Brian gave Sadie a second chance at life, adopting Sadie and welcoming her home.

Image Source: Ramapo-Bergen Animal Shelter

As the two became close, they started sharing long walks, and Sadie stayed by Brian’s side when he got sick with COVID-19. Then, one day, the unthinkable happened.

Last week, Brian suffered a stroke when home alone with Sadie.  While he was collapsed, Sadie never left his side.  She licked his face to keep him awake, and helped drag him across the room to his cell phone. Sadie was the only reason that Brian was able to call for help. This time, Sadie gave Brian a second chance at life. Sadie’s bio noted, “As is common to her breed, she is loyal and loving with her chosen people.”  No one could agree more than Brian, who is alive today thanks to Sadie’s devotion and quick thinking.  Sadie is staying with family while Brian recovers in a rehab center.  They FaceTime every night, and are counting down the days until they can reunite!

We’re so glad that this story has a happy ending for both Brian and Sadie! Talk about destiny!


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