Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dad's New Geese

The post office called us this past Wednesday and told us that they had a HUGE box for us from Tennessee and to please come down to pick it up.    We don't live far from the post office and dad was back in no time at all.

 Dad ordered 4 Barnacle Geese!  We have 2 pinioned pair of them and both pair were born this past spring so they're still under a year old.  They have bracelets on their ankles - boys on the right ankle and girls on the left ankle. 

Mom is saying hi to one of the goosies while she was still inside her traveling box.  She's got her hat and scarf on. She'll need these in Connecticut this winter!
 We have a duck house that we built years ago and it's been vacant for quite some time.  Mom and dad decided that it was time to spruce it up and fix it up for the Barnacles.   This guy is getting moved from the box to his temporary home.
Our dad has always loved The Flintstones so he's going to name the geese Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty Barnacle. 
 The accomodations aren't the most luxurious but they'll do for a couple of days. 
 They do have a roof over their heads and a door that closes and locks and food and water to drink and a swimming pool!
 Yesterday, dad decided to open the gate and let them meet and greet Dauby and Margaret. 
Know what? We're not exactly sure that Margaret is a SHE swan.  She sure does act agressively and protective for a girl!  Dauby has taken a back seat and she lets Margaret take the lead. hummmmmm 
Mom and dad are thinking of changing her/his name to Chaz!
That would explain why Dauby and Margaret were so mean to Carlie, who now lives in Pennsylvania.  We feel quite certain that Carlie has probably bonded with a male swan and is happy as can be.  We haven't had a call from her new dad but this is what we believe. 
 So out the gate and down to the pond edge the geese go~
 They're going to ask permission to swim on Dauby and Margaret/Chaz's pond.

 They're in with no problems.   They were even greeted by the visiting Mallards. 
 So far, so good!
We'll keep our fingers and paws crossed that it stays this way!

So until next time..............

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


  1. Your new Barnacle geese are so handsome - it will be fun to have the Flintstone goosie family in your pond. We hope they settle in okay.
    Ruby and Gracie

  2. How cool! They are furry pretty. We're a little surprised they can actually send live animals in the mail.. wonder if we can do that too -perhaps we'll ship ourselves over to visit all our friends. BOL!


  3. What a great goose family! We like the names your dad picked too! One question: what keeps them from flying South for the winter?


  4. oh how exciting and they are so cute! Their home looks very nice! Congrats on the new family

  5. We like the names...muzzer was laughing about Fred and Barney, picturing them in their lodge hats! We hope all the birds get along and have a safe winter!

    gussie n teka

  6. Neat!! I hope they'll be happy in their new home.

  7. We love the markings on your new geese and there new names.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  8. oh my goodness! How exciting! I laughed at the thought of them arriving by post:D

  9. Oh nice! Mom had ducks growing up and she really misses them!


  10. Oh how lucky you are! They are so lovely watch and hear.

    We used to have geese,ducks and hens but sadly after Mr Foxie visited and killed them all twice. we decided enough was enough..sadly!

    Have a great weekend
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  11. Wonderful. Don't think I'd want to trust live birds to the postal system here though !

  12. Those poor Geese having to go through the Post Office!!!
    They look like they are none worst for wear tho!! They are so very beautiful!!!
    It is very special to have and know such wonderful birds!!!

  13. Oh look at that, did you give those beautiful Geese a loud bark welcome, M&M?
    You two live in a wonderful garden and pond, no wonder I always find peace whenever I swing by.
    Glad your Mom is back, your Dad has done a great job keeping you healthy.

  14. As a former letter carrier I've hadmore run ins with geese than I care to count. I love them, though, and I'm glad to see the introductions went well!

    OMD!!! Stumpy and I are seriously overwhelmed by all the comments and positive responses to Willie's rescue. We’re working our way through your blogs and emails to thanks you individually.

    I just want you to know that Stumpy and I were merely pawns in this rescue. The real thanks goes to Mayzie's Grampa J who directed Willie's rescue, The Briard network who ran to the rescue and to the Angel Lady who stepped up to the plate.

    I know each and every one of us do whatever we can to support the animals, the rescues and each other in our quest to make the world a better place. Each little miracle is the direct result of like minded people doing what they can do.

    Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
    Stumpy and me

  15. Welcome, beautiful Flintstone Geese!! Hope all continues to go well!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  16. GEESEZADDS! Welcome to the family.. hope they like pizza and ice cream and fish sandwiches and french fries... just sayin. or you're not sharing?:)

    they'll be funballs to watch. FAD always tries to snag pictures of geese flying overhead. but never gets it in time.

    happy saturday!

    PS.. not wearing my GL right now until the sore under my eyeball heals. so sportin' the sports bra for now.

  17. Margaret/Chaz. Hilarious. I enjoyed this post very much. Looking forward to see more goose/swan updates. I did not know geese were mailed either. Something new is learned every day! Welcome to the geese! xo

  18. They are so purdy. We'd love to play with them!!

    Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

  19. How cool is that?? Love the names too and the Chaz is funny. bol

    Jazzi and Addy

  20. We hope they can all live together. That's funny about Margaret....

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra, Bella & Roxy

  21. Hi Maggie and Mitch, oh how cool. New critters for your pond. We don't have a pond in our back yard so we won't getting any geese. My dad says that we get too many Canada Geese pooping in the park now. Ah maybe your dad could adopt some Canada Geese.

  22. This is so cool...I just can`t imagine having geese like that wish I could though!

  23. More feathered family, we think that is very cool - The Flintstones are great names.

    Margaret to Chaz is VERY funny BOL.

    We love your pond....I would like to chase a geese, swan or duck at your house....haha


  24. Four new geese? Dat is wunderful! We hope everybody continues to get along well together. :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  25. It's so cool that you have your own pond. Those are so cool looking geese!

  26. Wow! They are so cute and pretty! How I wish I could have a chance to play chase with them, well, just saying...


  27. WOW you can get birds in the mail??

    How awesome is that!

    They are just beautiful. We know they will love their new home with you guys!

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  28. You are the luckiest dogs ever. Geese and Swans and your own pond.

    I bet you just love to go outside and lay in the sun and listen to the geese and swans as they talk and swim around on a lazy day.

    And the possabilities. You could be your own manufacturers of my product "Goose-de-le Pooh"


  29. Is it easier to bring in mostly-grown geese than babies? They look like they're settling in quite happily. I think the swans and geese will learn to politely ignore each other.

  30. How cool!!!! They are so pretty!! And they seem to be so happy there!!

  31. M and M
    Wow zowee woos get your own geese? DO you get to play with them....Momma laughed about Chaz.

  32. Boy, they sure are pretty. They really come in a box..WOW!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  33. Wow! That is so interesting...and they are really beautiful. Are they migrating geese?
    What an exciting time. All the best with your new additions.
    (Love the swans too)
    Sending lotsaluv

  34. This is so exciting!!! We get to see some like this when we are out traveling in the RV....but we have never gotten close enough to actually TOUCH them!!! VERY cool!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  35. Oh, how very exciting! I have never seen that kind of goose, but I know I'd want to sit and watch them ALL day long and make friends with them! Pretty interesting about Margaret, too! Or Chaz. Ha roo!
    Good luck to the new additions!
    Play bows,

  36. What fun! Our Mom used to raise Mallard ducks so she's very fond of water birds. We just like to herd them into the water.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  37. This is so fun! The geese are lucky to be in your family, ang getting cool names too!

    Will Dauby get jealous? :P

  38. OOO! We would chase them! What fun!

  39. Oh, what a fun post! Congrats on your new arrivals! Looks like they have a great home!