Gus is an 8-year-old pit bull who started coughing and was not responding to treatment. He’s a Katrina survivor and was adopted by the Grolnick family in November 2012 with the hope of training him to be a service dog. Gus’ mom, Fran has limited mobility due to muscular dystrophy and her son also suffers from muscular dystrophy. After Gus’ preliminary diagnosis was determined, Fran came to BirchBark for help to pay for more detailed, extensive diagnostics for Gus. It was determined that he had a heart condition. Because of the special nature of Gus’ service to the Grolnick family, BirchBark paid for extensive diagnostics and three months worth of medication. Although his prognosis is guarded, it’s greatly improved.  Healthier and stronger, Gus is now able to provide support and love to his forever family.

Update August 26, 2013

Gus was amazing! Along with his 'mom' Fran and 'brother' Dennis they bravely fought the challenges of his heart disease. We had all hoped the incredible work by Dr. Mandi Kleman along with Gus and the Grolnick's determination would give him more time. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to him last Thursday.

Gus received his Service Dog certification last month thanks to the work of SPCA trainer Amanda Mouisset. He was so proud of his new Service Dog harness and was truly remarkable in his service to Fran. Dear sweet Gus, you will be dearly missed.