'Gus' the therapy dog soothes stressed travelers at BTV

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BURLINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WCAX) The Burlington International Airport has a new friendly face walking around. Gus is the newest therapy dog there.

Gus came to Vermont three-and-a-half years ago as a rescue. He was abandoned on a beach in Puerto Rico.

The pooch walks the airport with his owner near high-anxiety spots like the ticketing counter and baggage claim.

And it's not just passengers that need Gus' time, airport employees say they do, too.

"It's just a stress reliever and it's a distraction, so it helps people who are stranded or anxious about flying," said Cheryl Schwartz, Gus' owner.

The golden-lab mix is certified by the American Kennel Club and by a therapy dog group.