SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It was the sweetest of reunions.
On Tuesday, a New Jersey man and the rescue dog he credits with saving his life got back together.READ MORE: Rescue Dog Saves Owner’s Life After He Suffers Stroke
They were reunited outside a rehabilitation center, where Brian Myers had been staying ever since he suffered a stroke, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.
He said he would have never survived the medical episode if it has not been for his dog, a German Shepherd named Sadie.
Brian and Sadie first met in September of last year when Brian rescued her from Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge after her previous owner gave her up.
“If you have room in your house and love in your heart, please do rescue one of these animals. You’ll get it back tenfold, whatever love you give to them,” Myers said.
Three weeks ago, Brian, 59, was getting out of bed at home when he suddenly collapsed. He had suffered a stroke while he was sleeping.
He said Sadie knew he was distressed, so when he grabbed hold of her collar, she started pulling him across the room to his cellphone, which he used to dial for help.
“I grabbed her collar, and she just started to pull me. With the little strength that I had, I was able to move with her,” Brian said.
He was discharged Tuesday from the rehab center after making incredible progress. He said he couldn’t move his fingers after the stroke, but has since regained movement.
Brian said all he could think about in rehab was reuniting with his dog.
“She’s going to get the best life I can give her. That’s what she is going to get. I miss her terribly. I can’t wait to be home,” he said.
Brian said he may have saved Sadie from the shelter, but she gave him a second chance at life.
He said their first order of business once they get home is to sit on the couch and watch some television.
Expect many hugs, kisses, and the promise of lots of treats.
CBS2’s Christina Fan contributed to this report