Lady Gaga’s dogwalker Ryan Fischer is speaking out for the first time since he was shot while walking the pop singer’s dogs Wednesday.
In an emotional Instagram post, Fischer recalled the violent experience in which a man shot him while stealing two Gaga’s French bulldogs, Gustav and Koji, in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday evening, Fischer was walking three of the pop star’s dogs when a man approached the dog walker and shot him once, according to Los Angeles Police Department’s Officer Drake Madison.
In what he calls a “very close call with death,” Fischer says he found comfort thanks to his “guardian angel,” Gaga’s third dog, Asia, who escaped the dognapping.
“4 days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me. My panicked screams calmed as I looked at (Asia), even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own,” he wrote Monday, alongside a photo of him in the hospital.
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Fischer said he remembers how he he cradled the dog in that moment, recalling how he “thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together” and “apologized that I couldn’t defend” Koji and Gustav.
“Hopeful that my calm(ish) and forceful pleas for the urgency of my care as well as the focused descriptions of the dogs would be enough to help me and get enough police and media attention to find the boys, I looked backed at my guardian angel. I smiled at her shaking form, thankful that at least she would be okay,” he said.
Now in recovery at the hospital, Fischer shared his gratitude following the incident.
“I will write and say more later, but the gratitude for all the love I feel from around this planet is immense and intense. I felt your healing support! Thank you.”
He thanked the police officers for their commitment to “bringing these criminals and attempted murderers to justice,” as well as first responders and health care workers who “literally saved my life and helped me take newborn walks.” He also showed his appreciation for his mother and brother, who flew to Los Angeles to be with him.
“Our beloved Ryan was the victim of a horrible, violent crime on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles,” his family said in a statement obtained by USA TODAY Friday. “Thankfully, Ryan is receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery.”
Despite the traumatic experience, Fischer credits his boosted spirits to the dog videos and photos from his clients.
“Seeing their faces light up when you said my name motivates me to keep pushing so I can play with them and see you again soon. I love you all!”
On Friday, Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippett said a woman who appeared to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the armed robbery returned Gaga’s dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station.
Gaga, who is currently in Italy filming a movie, shared a post of her “beloved” dogs on Instagram Friday where she confirmed the theft of her dogs and sent love to Fischer, calling him a “hero.”
“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,” she wrote.
Fischer concluded his post by reassuring Gaga that her “babies are back and the family is whole.”
“We did it! You have shown so much support throughout this whole crisis to both me and my family,” he wrote. “But your support as a friend, despite your own traumatic loss from your kids, was unwavering. I love you and thank you.”
What’s next for Fischer? He said he still has a lot of healing to do, but looks forward to the kisses from Asia, Koji and Gustav.
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Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Rasha Ali, Bill Keveney, Elise Brisco