German Shepherd Reunited With Owner Whom She Kept Alive During Stroke

Brian Meyers wanted to adopt a dog, but workers at a New Jersey rescue shelter warned him about the dog he was interested in.They said the dog didn’t like men, but Brian had a gut feeling about the German Shepherd and decided to adopt her.When he returned home, the dog, Sadie, jumped up on his lap, wrapped her arms around his neck, and kissed him as if to say, “Thank you for rescuing me.”

A few months later, the dog miraculously saved Brian’s life.He had a stroke at home and collapsed on the floor of his bedroom.Sadie’s instincts kicked in at that point, and she became his “rescuer.”She jumped out of bed, sat next to him, licked his face, and even assisted him in getting to the stairs so he could call for help.

“I thought I could use her as a counterweight to get myself up off the floor, so I grabbed her collar,” he explained.”She instinctively knew how to help me by pulling her body weight and pulling me hard enough to give me the momentum I needed to get myself out of the corner I was in.”

Brian was recently discharged from the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Saddle Brook.Someone very special was waiting to be reunited with her owner as doctors and nurses cheered him on outside the facility.Sadie was there, and she put her paws on Brian’s neck and kissed him all over again.

“I’m very excited to see Sadie again,” he said. “Thank you to everyone, from the bottom of my heart. This place has been wonderful to me.”