Originally Posted by WalnutPixie
I have always wanted to get some geese. I know that they can be monsters when they aren't used to people, but I'm thinking that if I raised them right I would have minions. Then everyone would have to do what I say, lest I turn a gander on them!
OH LEMME TELL YA! I had injured a foot and was on crutches and couldn't handle the horses for over a year. I was pretty depressed until Gander (that was his name, he & GF (Gander's Friend) were supposed to be Christmas Dinner) decided I needed cheering up. He would come up and grab the handle of my purse so I could swing him around and around, hopping on my crutches. He'd sit in my lap for hours, she was a little more stand offish but still sweet, chase the cats until I'd laugh so hard I cried. He'd come up and we'd "box", he'd beat me with his beak and I'd make a beak out of my hand and we'd 'spar' until I'd give up because a goose never will.
One day a local deputy stopped by because someone had shot at a neighbor's horse and he knew I hung around outside all the time and wanted to know if I saw/heard anything. I hadn't. But he stood and we chatted a while and when he went to leave I said I'd walk him to his car. He didn't want me to have to do stairs on my crutches so he said, "NO" he'd be fine. Wellllllll, he hadn't seen Gander sneaking up behind him and when he swung around to leave Gander went for his legs. He beat that deputy with his beak, every single step all the way back to his car. That deputy looked like a Park Horse! OMG I ROLLED down the steps laughing, tears running down my face, trying to get to him before Gander decided to tear a leg off.
Now that I'm not injured, deputy still stops by once in a while but he always wants to know if I've gotten any more geese before he gets out of his car. I can't imgagine why????
Anywho, I was Gander's person and everyone else was a target. Geese can be very noisey but they can be stealthy too. Gander never made a sound to let that deputy know he was coming. And the expression, "Slicker than Goose Schyjt"? I learned the meaning and truth of that real well! OMG!
But I'd have another pair of geese in a hot second. I loved those birds! And the ducks were way cool too. I had crested ducks and they were so silly looking with their silly little poofs on top of their heads....Ah, silly barnyard birds! Can't imagine life without them!