He Couldn’t Believe His Eyes
He had to capture the moment somehow or else people would not believe what he saw that day. “Come here, boy! Good boy, Jax!” Sauer yelled. He was in awe of what he saw.
Where did Jax learn to do that? What was going on? He was perplexed by his behavior. Sauer’s jaw dropped when the dog opened his mouth after reaching the shore.
A Simple Life
Sauer was a single man who moved from Ohio to North Carolina due to a better career opportunity. He lived with his dog Jax, a dark-colored Labrador, who he got just before he moved away.
It was a sunny day in North Carolina when the man and his furry friend, Jax, prepared themselves for their weekly fishing trip. Sauer lived a simple and peaceful life, where not much happened. Until one day when their usual adventure turned out to be a bit too much to handle.
A Great Companion
As soon as he got Jax, Sauer connected with the little pup immediately. The dog had filled the man’s life with joy, and now Sauer wasn’t feeling so lonely anymore. It wasn’t easy to move away from everyone he knew, but he had to do it.
After three awesome years, the pair is inseparable. Sauer got into the habit of taking Jax on all his outdoor adventures, like hiking, fishing, and camping. But this time it would be different.
Sauer was always excited about the pair’s weekly fishing trips. It helped him clear his head and got the chance to spend time with his furry friend. That day, the pair pulled up to the lake as usual, and Jax could barely contain himself.
The man unloaded the fishing gear and Jax patiently waited for his owner. It wasn’t always necessary to put a leash on Jax as they’ve been doing this for a long time and nothing ever went wrong until that day.
Something In The Water
The pair cautiously approached the lake, and the man realized that there was something strange in the water. But he could not see well, and couldn’t make much of it at first.
He ignored it and began to prepare his gear for his fishing session. He looked at Jax, who was watching the thing in the water carefully. Saucer pondered if maybe he should try to look again.
Sauer ignored the dog and continued to walk alongside the lake until he reached his favorite fishing spot. He called Jax, who didn’t really want to follow at first but eventually obeyed the command.
The man was about to put his fishing gear down when he noticed something that made him stop. He almost dropped his gear in the process.
Where Did Jax Go?
Jax disappeared somewhere behind him. The man looked for the dog like crazy, and called Jax, hoping he was close. Nothing happened though. Sauer could feel a rush of adrenaline. He was getting worried and couldn’t help thinking of the worst.
The man was going crazy. He was afraid Jack might have fallen into the lake. He looked over the surface of the lake and when he saw what was going on, his heart almost stopped.
What Was Going On?
Then he saw it. Jax was swimming far away from the shore. Sauer couldn’t keep track of his movements anymore because of how far into the large he was already. The man yelled at Jax, but the dog wouldn’t listen. Jax began to circle something. What could have been?
The thing from before was the same thing Jax was so excited about. Sauer noticed this and got even more worried. Jax got closer and grabbed it into his mouth. He then began to return to the shore, leaving Sauer completely baffled at the whole scene.
“Boy, come here!” Sauer screamed. He tried his best to figure out what was in Jax’s mouth, but he couldn’t see anything. He was getting more and more worried.
A loud strange noise approached the shore along with the dog. The thing in Jax’s mouth was making the noise. When Sauer realized this, he quickly pulled out his phone.
Decided To Record
Sauer was starting to see what was going on with his dog, so he took out the phone and began capturing the fateful event. He started recording immediately. The entire scene was unbelievable.
It was that type of story that people would not believe unless they had witnessed it themselves. “Boy, come here!” and “Good boy, Jax!” the man yelled at the dog. The owner was almost more excited than the dog. What he experienced that day was incredible.
What Was Inside?
When Jax finally reached the bank of the lake, Sauer rushed down to help him get to shore. He pulled him up by the color, and Jax quickly opened his mouth.
Now, Sauer could get a proper look at exactly what Jax was holding. He couldn’t believe his eyes as the mysterious object started to take shape. What was inside Jax’s mouth?
A Baby Bird
Jax swam back to shore and opened his mouth when he reached Sauer. A little bird fell out and hit the water. He was chirping and seemed completely unharmed by Jax.
Sauer looked at Jax in awe and picked up the tiny bird. He brought it over to a small patch of grass and carefully dried its feathers. He left it alone for a moment and looked at Jax.
“He went right out there about 35-40 yards out in the middle of the pond,” Sauer later explained. “He was kinda doing circles around it… the thing flapped its wings.
As soon as he saw that, with his two front teeth he very nonchalantly grabbed the bird.” But how did Jax know to grab the bird so gently so as he wouldn’t hurt him?
Sauer explained how Jax was a natural retriever and that he had already started to train Jax to retrieve on his fishing and hunting trips.
Sauer and Jax gave the tiny bird a few minutes to gather its strength back and once it did, it rose to its feet and attempted to fly straight to a nest in a tree nearby. That was when Sauer realized something was wrong.
A Close Call
As the little bird tried to fly away, it began dropping and zigzagging. It was clearly not up to its usual strength. After managing to divert away from the water, the bird just about managed to land on a bank adjacent to Sauer and Jax.
Jax immediately took off again. He bounded toward the bird with such speed and energy that Sauer again wondered if he was going to harm it.
It Was Frantic
As everything was happening on land this time, Sauer was able to chase after Jax. As the pair got closer, they could hear the little bird’s frantic tweets again.
Struggling to stick with Jax’s pace, Sauer was panting and out of breath as Jax reached the bird first. This time, Sauer was close enough to see for himself as Jax immediately grabbed the bird in his mouth again.
A Tense Moment
Sauer caught up to Jax and the bird as Jax scooped it up again. Now that he was closer, the action seemed a lot scarier than before. After all, as an almost fully grown Labrador, Jax was massive in relation to the tiny bird.
The way Jax’s jaws closed around the little bird was an unsettling sight. It seemed impossible to Sauer that the bird wouldn’t be crushed.
Sauer Lost Hope
Sauer yelled out to Jax as he reached them. The bird was almost completely invisible inside Jax’s jaws as he trotted over to Sauer. Only its legs were visible as they poked out the sides of his jaws.
Sauer looked for any movement in the legs but saw none. When Jax reached Sauer’s legs, he opened his mouth at last. Sauer was again stunned by what happened next.
As Jax’s opened his mouth, the little bird popped out of it for the second time. Sauer was shocked again when the bird hit the grass and immediately sprung to its feet once more.
Its head cocked left and right and it ruffled its feathers but otherwise seemed no worse off than before. Sauer felt a little ashamed for doubting Jax again and he finally understood now.
Sauer understood now that Jax’s natural instincts meant the pooch knew exactly how to carry the bird in his mouth without harming it. The bird seemed in exactly the same state as the first rescue.
On the surface, it seemed to be perfectly fine and was already walking about. Sauer knew he had to do something different this time.
The New Problem
Even though Jax’s rescues had clearly done the bird no harm, Sauer was convinced it was still injured. The fact that it had dropped out of the air when it tried to fly away the first time was proof of this.
Something about the way it had zigzagged and struggled to stay airborne made Sauer suspect that one of its wings was injured.
A Critical Decision
Sauer knew that a bird with an injured wing wasn’t likely to survive very long in the wild. It was crucial that they tried to help the little guy. Sauer was sure now that Jax hadn’t injured it.
After all, Jax had rescued it from the water which obviously meant it had fallen in there before he found it. It was clear now that the real rescue would have to go far beyond just getting it out of the water.
A Moment Of Panic
For a few moments, the bird just waddled around between Jax and Sauer. Jax followed it around with his nose and seemed very protective of it. Sauer was deep in thought as he tried to figure out what they should do next.
Sauer almost forgot it was there for a moment. Just as he decided what to do, the bird flapped its wings and prepared to take off again.
The New Mission
Sauer managed to gently clasp his hand around it in time and stopped it from getting away. Its wing was clearly in no shape to fly and if it tried, there was every chance it could up injuring itself more, or worse.
Its yellow feathers were almost brown as it was still soaked with pond water. Something about its cute, innocent face made Sauer realize they had to help it. He decided to take it to the vet.
An Odd Trio
Sauer put together a little box lined with a soft cloth paper and placed the injured bird inside. After bundling the fishing gear and Jax into the car, they left for the vet. Along the way, the bird never stopped tweeting.
It seemed to relax a lot more now and instinctively know that Sauer and Jax were its friends. Sauer couldn’t help but smile. When the day started, he never expected that he would end up sharing a car with a dog and a bird.
Sauer, Jax, and Twitter (which was what Jax decided to name the bird) finally reached the nearest vet. Dr. Asher and her animal clinic were well known to Sauer as it was where he got all of Jax’s shots done.
After explaining their story and showing Twitter to Dr. Asher, Sauer became concerned when he saw a worried look cross her face.
A Tough Little Guy
After examining Twitter’s left wing, Dr. Asher initially looked grave. After twisting and bending it gently this way and that, she finally looked a lot more relieved. Turning to Sauer, she confirmed that it wasn’t broken.
There was, however, a slight dislocation which was what inhibited Twitter’s ability to fly. Dr. Asher confirmed that Twitter was a fighter so he was going to be okay.
A New Buddy
After doing her magic with some Micropore tape and her deft fingertips, Dr. Asher strapped up Twitter for extra safety. She advised Sauer to keep the bird with him for a day or two.
As the injured wing needed to settle into place again, Dr. Asher did not want to risk the bird trying to take off again and reinjure the wing until then. She also confirmed one last fact about Twitter.
She Was A He
It seems that Sauer had been referring to Twitter as “she” the whole time when, in fact, Twitter was a male. After hearing of Jax’s amazing heroics that day, Dr. Asher was proud of him and he was rewarded with a ton of treats.
Once their rescue was finally complete, on Dr. Asher’s advice, Sauer uploaded Jax’s first rescue video to Youtube. The response was overwhelming.
After nursing Twitter for a few days, the little guy was finally released and flew away one last time. Incredibly, the video Sauer posted on Youtube received over 1 million views and thousands of comments.
Some people wondered if Jax harmed the bird but most were quick to his defense and were convinced he was purposefully being gentle. Jax went from a dog-next-door to a superhero in the space of 24 hours! What a good boy!