By Jen Reeder

Brian Myers and his rescue dog Sadie.   MEGAN BRINSTER/RAMAPO-BERGEN ANIMAL REFUGE

The night that Brian Myers adopted Sadie, a 6-year-old German shepherd, he tried to take a picture of her at home in Teaneck, New Jersey.

“She jumped up and put her paws on my shoulders and gave me a kiss on the face,” he told TODAY. “And it just seemed to me that she was saying, ‘Thank you for rescuing me.’”

That was last September, when Sadie had just spent a little over a month at Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, New Jersey. She’d been surrendered because her owner moved to a property that didn’t allow breeds like German shepherds.

With a leeriness of men and a few other issues, Sadie had been challenging to place, but Myers is a strong proponent of animal rescue and wanted to give her a second chance.

“I met her and within 20 minutes she was comfortable with me. And then 10 minutes later, she was jumping in the back of my car and we drove off,” he said.

It’s a decision he’s never regretted. The two developed a loving and respectful bond. Sadie sleeps on his bed at night — politely.

He thought he was rescuing her. Little did he know he was saving his savior.

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