Rescuing a dog gives them their needed second chance at life. We call them “rescues” for a reason; because they needed saving. In many instances, rescues come from a life of neglect — some of them abandoned and lived alone in the streets.
Animal shelters bring hope to these poor animals, but they can only do so much. When no one adopts the rescues, the shelter will have no other choice but to put them down. Understanding the importance of adoption, Brian Myers from Teaneck, New Jersey, is a supporter of the cause.
Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, New Jersey, has been fostering Sadie, a six-year-old German Shepherd surrendered by her previous family who transferred to a new property that did not allow breeds like German Shepherds. Sadie has been with Ramapo-Bergen for a little over a month when Brian came in looking to adopt a dog.
In Sadie’s profile, there are many issues the shelter has noted; the most glaring one is her leeriness towards men. Despite the red-flags, Brian wanted to give Sadie a chance. Twenty minutes after their first meeting, Sadie already felt comfortable with Brian, 10 mins after which the pair is already driving home to Sadie’s second home.
For Brian, the decision to bring Sadie home could not have been any easier. Arriving at Brian’s house, Sadie put her paws on his shoulder and kissed him, thanking him for bringing her home. Over time, Brian developed a special bond with Sadie, treating each other with love and respect.
Sadie sleeps on Brian’s bed all the time, but she would make sure that her dad allows her first before she does. She would put her head at the edge of the bed until Brian gives her the go-ahead; only after does she jumps in with her toys. The two have been inseparable, Sadie follows her dad wherever he goes.
This pandemic did nothing but strengthen the two’s bond. When Brian battled COVID-19 and confined in bed, Sadie made sure that she was never away from her dad. Brian recovered after a while but what he was not aware of was the underlying effect that the infection leaves behind.
Many survivors of the virus develop blood clots, which makes them susceptible to strokes. Unbeknownst to him, Brian suffered one in the middle of the night while he was sound asleep.
Upon waking the next morning, Brian collapsed on the floor on his way to the bathroom. He lost control of his muscles and did not have the strength to pull himself up. Lying in the corner, Sadie jumped out of bed and went to his dad’s side. She laid down next to him kissing his face letting his dad know that everything will be okay.
Wanting to comfort his dog, Brian scratched Sadie’s neck, which grazed on the dog’s collar. He then realized that he could use her to pull himself up. Understanding what was happening, the pooch instinctively walked backward, dragging her dad across the room to his phone so that he may call for help.
Brian is under physical therapy but is optimistic about making a full recovery. Extremely grateful to his rescue, Brian contacted Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge to tell his story and how his rescue saved him from what could have been a life-threatening episode.
The shelter’s Facebook post has amassed more than 3k engagement since posting. Brian and Sadie’s story further fuels the call for adoption. Saving the lives of the rescues might soon save yours.
Source: CBS New York via YouTube