Dogs are our lifelines and have been credited with saving their owners lives many times, now one more dog owner is crediting his pet for rescuing him after he had a stroke.
The “loyal and loving” pet belongs to Brian Myers who adopted the 6-year-old rescued German shepherd a few months ago.
Sadie was adopted from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in New Jersey, the shelter wrote in a Facebook post, and was surrendered to the shelter after her previous owner moved. She was nervous around new people, especially men, but Myers “felt a special bond with Sadie” and adopted her which turned out to be the best decision of his life.
The animal shelter said that last week, Myers suffered a stroke at home and was alone with Sadie, and the dog kept Myers awake by licking his face, and then dragged him across the room to his phone so that he could make a call for help!”Sadie’s bio noted, ‘As is common to her breed, she is loyal and loving with her chosen people,’” the shelter wrote on Facebook. “No one could agree more than Brian, who is alive today thanks to Sadie’s devotion and quick thinking.”
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals praised Sadie, saying it was honoring her with its Heroic Dog Award. “She is my hero, and I love her to death,” Myers said in a statement provided by PETA. “I don’t know what I would have done if she hadn’t been there.”
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Sadie will be staying with Myers’ family while he recovers in a rehab facility, but they are still on FaceTime together every night, “Sadie’s intelligence and tenacity saved Brian’s life,” Colleen O’Brien, vice president of PETA, said in a written statement. “Her heroism reminds us that many loving, dedicated dogs are waiting in shelters for a family to join, and PETA encourages anyone with the ability and resources to care for an animal to adopt one from a local shelter.”