We have a rescue Golden Retriever. He didn't pass muster with the breeder as he is gun shy. His loss, our gain.
This morning, as we were having our coffee, a bird flew into our picture window. Shortly after, my DH noticed that the dog had "something" in his mouth. Yes, he retrieved the bird. As we watched, he dropped it, and caught it between his paws. Such entertainment!!! He was trained to hold, not kill. The bird was stunned from hitting the window, but not dead. Such a play of emotions crossing the dog's face!! He didn't quite know what to do with it....birds are supposed to be dead when you retrieve them...not try to get away!!! So...since it wasn't dead, it must be a play toy!! When we watch him at times like this, we are always amazed how gentle he is.
Happy ending...the bird did finally get away.