Lady Gaga’s dog walker spoke for the first time in hospital about his “very close call with death”.
Ryan Fischer was shot in the chest last week by a gunman who was carrying a revolver gun in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The man and an accomplice took two of Lady Gaga’s bulldogs, Koji and Gustav.
The third dog, Miss Asia, was not injured. Mr. Fischer said she was his “guardian angel”.
He spoke of seeing her close by giving him the determination to survive.
“My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
“I cradled Asia as best I could, thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together, apologised that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself,” Mr Fischer wrote.
He is expected to recover fully.
Dogs Safely Found And Returned
Lady Gaga’s adorable bulldogs were found Friday night, after a woman brought dogs – uninjured – to the Los Angeles police station. Authorities say the woman found the dogs and was not involved in the incident. Police have not yet released the suspects.
It is unknown whether Lady Gaga – currently filming in Rome, Italy – will give the woman a $ 500,000 (£ 359,282) prize she initially announced for the safe return of the two dogs.
Mr Fischer tagged the pop star in his Instagram post, writing: “your support as a friend, despite your own traumatic loss from your kids, was unwavering”.
“Your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it!”
He wrote that, although his life had “taken a very sudden and unexpected turn”, he was glad the dogs were safe and hoped the criminals would be brought to justice.