The Jack Russell terrier is a true working terrier. The breed takes its name from the Reverend John Russell, who bred one of the finest strains of terriers for working fox in England. The Jack Russell is a baying terrier, meaning the dog should flush out a fox with his steady and persistent barking but is never to kill his prey. The Jack Russell has been strictly bred for hunting since the early 1800s.
Diamond the Jack Russell terrier was at home in Iceland with his dad, Gunnar Kr Sigurjónsson, when he saw something that caused him concern. Gunnar was working at the computer, at the time when he noticed Diamond walk in, whine, then turn back around as if to lead him somewhere. He insisted on not being ignored.
When Gunner didn’t follow, Diamond came back in and whined some more, and more, until Gunner finally gave in and followed him outside.
Diamond, now running, led his dad straight to the balcony where a small bird lay lifeless on the ground. Gunners immediate thought was that the bird was dead, so he called Diamond inside. Then just as he turned away, he thought he saw the bird blink it’s eye.
Gunnar fetched a sheet of paper and a small basket to scoop up the corpse, but as he did, the bird flittered to life. The bird was weak and dazed so he brought him inside to recover. He gave him some water and some birdseed and after an hour or so the tiny bird seemed to be perking up.
Gunner wanted to take some photos before letting the bird go free. So he put it in his open palm but the bird took off and flew a big circle in his living room before landing back on top of Diamond’s head! The bird was more than comfortable with being with his hero who saved him.
After a few moments on top of his canine perch, the bird took off to a nearby shelf where Gunner cupped him into his had to bring him back to earth.
Diamond’s curiosity got the better of him and came nose to beak with the bird, and then he started licking him. The poor little bird (now named Bíbí) had to flap his wings a few times to hold his balance and could have flown away at any time if he wanted to, but he didn’t.
Seeing that Bíbí seemed to have recovered from his ordeal, Gunnar placed him back out on the balcony. But apparently, he wasn’t ready to go quite yet. In fact, more than an hour later, Gunner looked outside and saw the bird exactly where he had put him, so he went outside again, gently picked him up, and put him back in the basket, with an added bite of sweet potato as well.
Bíbí stayed overnight indoors while Diamond kept watch.
With that added rest, things went a little more smoothly. Gunnar set Bíbí free around lunchtime the next day. He flew from his hand, getting some orientation before gaining height rapidly.
It’s impossible to say whether Bíbí will remember the sweet pup who saved his life, however I’m sure that Diamond will never forget him.