A dog named Gus is know by his family as a sweet, gentle soul. The Labrador Great Pyrenees mix is always ready and willing to lend a helping paw whenever someone is in need. Gus has doggy siblings and the dogs absolutely love running around and playing together in the yard on most days. So, in the spring and summer months when the weather is nice, his family leaves the door to their screened porch open. This allows the dogs to run in and out and even find a shady spot to rest when they get too hot. While the intention is to allow the dogs in the family to get in and out of the porch, the open door means sometimes other animals can also do the same thing.
Gus’ family says that birds are often attracted to their reflection in the glass windows and fly inside the outdoor porch attached to the family home. Jennifer Ahlberg, who is Gus’ mom, says that over the years they have had several birds become trapped in the porch. They fly into the enclosed space but then have difficulty trying to find their way back out again. Gus, in his sweet nature, knows that these birds are not toys or food. He realizes they are animals who need his help. He has a “soft mouth” like most retrievers do and he can carefully hold a bird in his mouth without harming the animal.
So, when a bird was trapped on the porch recently, Jennifer did not realize it was there until Gus was already outside. She realized what was happening, but by the time she got outside Gus had grabbed the bird in his mouth. She went out to get him to drop the bird, but watched in disbelief when she realized he walked outside, placed the bird on the ground, and stepped back so it could fly away unharmed. Since then, Gus has rescued countless birds!