Dog Saves Owner's Life by Pulling Him to Cell Phone As He Suffered a Stroke

A 6-year-old German Shepherd has been credited with helping to save the life of its owner who suffered a stroke at his home last week.

New Jersey-based Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge said in a Facebook post on Tuesday the pup was adopted from its center a few months ago by a man named Brian who had developed a "special bond" with the dog despite it being nervous around men.

The team said Brian had helped to give the dog, Sadie, a second chance at life, and last week it returned the favor by helping him during a medical emergency.

According to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, the female dog "never left his side" and "licked his face to keep him awake" as Brian was suffering the stroke. It said Sadie had helped to pull the man across the room so he could get access 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," the Facebook post said, claiming that the owner is only "alive today thanks to Sadie's devotion and quick thinking."

The German Shepherd is currently staying with family members while Brian recovers in a rehab center. They see each other over video call every night, the center said.

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According to a separate Facebook post published last September, Sadie was taken in by the animal rescue experts after its previous owner moved home.

The dog was described at the time as being "loyal and loving" with chosen people but "nervous and protective" with strangers, "especially with men until she trusts them." It said she would be suited to a "calmer adult home" without a lot of other people.

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Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge noted on Tuesday that Sadie had been "confused and seemingly lost" when first surrendered, but Brian was a perfect fit as he "valued her intelligence, hesitancy to trust and fierce loyalty once she did form that trust."

The team said in the social media post, alongside a photo of a smiling Sadie sitting on a porch, that the pair were "counting down the days until they can reunite."

The post attracted a wave of support this week, with more than 200 comments and 300 shares on the platform at the time of writing on Wednesday.

"That is amazing but not surprising. Dogs are a gift," one Facebook user said. Another wrote: "What a heartwarming story. I'm so happy you two rescued each other."

The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge website currently lists 15 dogs up for adoption of various breeds and ages. The center says it was "founded on the belief that all animals have a natural right to humane treatment including proper care and safe shelter."

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Stock photo: Young german shepherd sitting on grass in park. A 6-year-old German Shepherd rescue dog has been credited with saving the life of its owner who suffered a stroke at his home last week. iStock