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Geraldine and Rex: A goose-dog love story


When a German shepherd mix named Rex arrived at Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue  in the UK, he wanted nothing to do with anyone. He’d been found tethered in a junkyard eight years ago, and had been kicked out of at least one shelter since then after biting a staff member.

Geraldine the goose wasn’t exactly the picture of warmth, either, when she arrived at the same shelter three months ago, surrendered by owners who could no longer cope with her.

Individually, in their lives up to that point, the dog and the goose were given labels like vicious, mean and nasty. Neither seemed particularly thrilled with humans, members of their own species, or those belonging to others.

But when the two cranky creatures were given a chance to hang out together, something magical happened.

rexandgeraldine2The snarly 11-year-old dog and the domineering goose are now best of friends. Staff at the sanctuary believe they’ve brought out the softer side in each other, The Daily Express reports.

“Normally any bird that crossed his path would have been eaten by now. He’s that kind of dog …” said Sheila Brislin, who runs the sanctuary near Bridgwater, Somerset.

Brislin said there was some chasing and squawking when they were first introduced, but Geraldine “stood up for herself and that was that. They just fell for each other.”

“I’ve been doing rescue work since 1997 and seen all kinds of strange animal behavior, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” she added.

Brislin said Rex was rescued from his previous shelter, where he was going to be put down after a biting incident. The dog seemed to immediately mellow once he was introduced to Geraldine.

Now they take walks together, and sleep together in Rex’s bed every night.

“It’s so comical to see them because they love each other to bits,” Brislin said. “She just runs around alongside him all day long and whenever we take him for a walk in the woods she has to come too … They are very affectionate and he’s always licking her head and kissing her.”

(Photos: SWNS via The Daily Express)


Comment from robert
Time November 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

Animals are truly amazing and kudos to this sanctuary for giving both these animals a place to live out the rest of their lives regardless of their flaws.

Comment from Carol Openshaw
Time November 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

That is so sweet. I love happy animal stories especially ones that have animals of different breeds.

Comment from omar zafar
Time November 30, 2013 at 6:48 am

Wow i cant believe it. They look so friendly and lovely. Goose looks so cute and i think they understand each other very well. Great story i like it.

Comment from kathryn
Time November 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Who knew these two would ever set such a lovely example of the lions to laying down with lambs? Anyone? Thank you for this, my brother. It strengthens my sometimes faltering belief in miracles!

Comment from Chad
Time December 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

What a great story with a happy ending. It’s so amazing how animals can have a connection with each other, even animals that would normally never get along.