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Man Rescues Dog Nobody Wanted And She Rescues Him Right Back

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on February 22, 2024

Repaying someone who has given you a second chance at life could mean extending the same kindness. This is the essence of Steve Hartman’s report from CBS, highlighting a story of mutual rescue at the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge in New Jersey. Megan Brinster leads the refuge, a sanctuary for animals that have nowhere else to turn. This was the case for Sadie, a large German Shepherd weighing nearly a hundred pounds, known for her unease around men. This characteristic led to her being rejected by three other shelters but not by Brian Myers, who saw beyond her challenges. “I thought I’d give this dog a chance because she’s beautiful, and I believe I can help her with her issues,” Brian recalls, believing he was rescuing her at the time.


Unbeknownst to him, Sadie would turn out to be his lifesaver. “I was very fortunate to have her the night I had the stroke. I fell down as soon as I stood up,” Brian recounts. Living alone, his only chance for help was Sadie, who dragged him across the room to his phone despite having no formal training as a service dog. “How do you explain this?” he marvels at Sadie’s instinctive act of heroism.

Megan offers an explanation, suggesting that rescue dogs often develop a profound loyalty. “These dogs have lost something or someone, or never had that connection. So when they find someone, you become their everything,” she says. Brian notes Sadie’s constant vigilance, a trait that proved lifesaving that fateful night.


After being hospitalized at Englewood Health in Englewood, New Jersey, for treatment and rehabilitation, Brian’s reunion with Sadie was emotional. “She immediately jumped on me, kissing my face,” he shares, overwhelmed by her affection. It’s a clear demonstration of mutual love, and no words are necessary.


This story underscores the unparalleled bond between a man and his dog. Sadie’s favorite spot, beside Brian, symbolizes more than just companionship—it’s a testament to the special love only a dog can give. As the reporter aptly put it: When Brian decided to adopt Sadie, he was unknowingly ‘saving his savior.’

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