Rescue
Goldendoodle fighting cancer sees tiny animal struggling in river and jumps to help
What a hero!
Cherie Gozon
05.02.22

Sometimes, we get help from those we least expect.

There are times when we expect someone close to us to help us in dire need. It may be disappointing, but there are times we feel like they aren’t there at all. We get help from strangers whom we never expect to help us in these times.

We get help from those who need more help than us at times.

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Unsplash - J W

Those who have nothing had the more heart to give what little they have. In these moments, we restore our faith in the goodness of humanity.

This can be the same for animals, too.

We see animals help one another even if they’re not of the same species. Maybe they don’t know the difference; all they see is a living being that needs help – and that’s what matters most.

That is precisely what Gus did that made him an unlikely hero.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul

Gus is a three-legged Goldendoodle owned by Cleo Young in Minnesota. Doctors discovered a tumor in his leg and later found a second one. They decided to amputate his leg so that it won’t spread all over his body. He is currently getting chemotherapy at the University of Minnesota Vet Hospital.

However, this didn’t stop Gus from being an active dog.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul

He still loved to play around and was as lively as ever. And just when they thought their beloved Goldendoodle wouldn’t be able to run and swim again, he proved them wrong.

On Easter day, the family went to St. Croix River for a relaxing time.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul

Gus seemed to sense something wrong as he approached the water. The family was confused about what he was trying to do. The water was very cold, and they weren’t sure if he could swim with only three legs.

Then he did something unbelievable.

He jumped into the water, swimming like he didn’t lose a leg at all. But what surprised them was when Gus swam ashore.

He had a baby otter with him!

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul

It turned out that Gus sensed that a baby otter was in the water and that he needed some help. Ella, Cleo’s daughter, said they were surprised by what Gus did and were delighted with how he showed bravery despite his circumstance.

They immediately brought the otter to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville.

Cleo and her daughters rinsed the otter off and wrapped him in a towel. They were able to rush the little thing to the rehab center just in time before they closed.

There, the otter was given immediate and emergency care.

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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul

The WRC staff said that the otter was around a week old and too young to be out in the water alone. Otters usually stay with their mother for around eight to twelve months before they can hunt for food on their own.

Gus was indeed the unlikely hero that the baby otter needed to survive.

YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul
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YouTube Screenshot - FOX 9 Minnesota-St. Paul

This Goldendoodle with a golden heart showed the world that he might lack one leg, but that didn’t diminish his spirit. The Youngs said they would definitely give him more treats for being such a good boy.

Check out a video about Gus below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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