Adopted German shepherd saved owner’s life when he suffered a stroke

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A devoted German shepherd, recently adopted from an animal rescue in New Jersey, saved her owner’s life after he suffered a debilitating stroke. The amazing feat was recounted to followers of the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Facebook page on Tuesday.

The animal welfare group shared the real-life Lassie story, featuring a canine hero named Sadie:

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.
Last week, Brian suffered a stroke when home alone with Sadie.

According to the shelter, Sadie licked Brian’s face to help keep him awake, and then managed to drag him to his cell phone so he could call for help. The shelter writes:

Sadie was the only reason that Brian was able to call for help. This time, Sadie gave Brian a second chance at life.

The six-year-old dog had been surrendered to the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge by her former owner, who moved and did not include their faithful pooch in their plans. Though the sudden loss of her family turned Sadie’s life upside down, she proved that her penchant for devotion to her chosen people was not broken.

Good job Sadie, you are a testament to the German shepherd breed.

(Image via Facebook)

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