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A recently adopted German shepherd helped save the life of a New Jersey man who suffered a stroke.

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Sadie, a 6-year-old German shepherd, stayed by her owner’s side when he collapsed, WABC reported.

While the man, named Brian, was on the floor, Sadie licked his face to keep him awake, according to a Facebook post by Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge. Sadie helped drag Brian across the room to his cellphone, where he was able to call for help, the animal refuge said.

Sadie was surrendered to the shelter when her owner moved. “She was confused and seemingly lost upon rescue, having suddenly lost the only family that she knew,” according to the Facebook post. “Sadie is a loyal dog, but nervous and protective with new people, making her a more difficult placement.

“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.”

That trust turned out to be life saving.

Sadie is now staying with Brian’s family while he recovers, WABC reported, adding that man and dog connect via FaceTime every night.