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Canada Geese + Siberian Huskies + Sunday Mornings

(and stupid people)

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On Sunday I decided to stroll down the path towards the small lagoon. Chris was already on our neighborhood park‘s trail running Cuba + Drifty our Siberian Huskies. I thought I’d go check out the ducks and geese; beats waiting around in the parking lot for my family’s return.

A pair of Canada Geese were off to the side of the path on a small grassy area near the water. There was a bench close by them. Slowly and quietly I made my way over to it, stopping occasionally and purposefully not looking directly at the geese. The female was nesting and beside her stood the faithful male. They appeared nervous when they first spotted me, and I didn’t want my being there to disrupt them. I was ready to turn back as the male goose opened his beak and emitted a short hisssss. But he didn’t move, and the female seemed unfazed, so I took a chance and silently strode the last few feet and sat down. I looked at the water for awhile before turning my head to my right to observe these beautiful birds. They seemed more at ease with my presence.

The female began grooming her wing feathers. On the other side of her body up popped a gosling out from under her other wing, and waddled his way to his daddy’s side. I sat and watched for awhile. Eventually 4 more young offspring sprouted from under her wing and toddled around. Soon the whole family made its way right past me and over to the water’s edge. The mama turned her head and gave me a quiet hissss as she sauntered by. My brain did a quick calculation, and no… I would not be able to move off the bench fast enough if these big birds decided to launch at me. But they didn’t. I was doing my best to be a neutral energy and it must have worked. Plus these are year-round residents in a public park in northern California, and are pretty used to humans’ presence. But what a thrill that they came so close to ME!
I dared not take a photo at that time – I didn’t move, I barely breathed. Sometimes you just want to capture every detail of a special moment with your eyes.

Eventually I stood up and snapped a few pics with my iPhone and proceeded to pick up cigarette butts, gum wrappers, and other litter from around the area. Disgusted I was. How can people do it? I just don’t get it. I’ve just had to resolve to undo some of the damage each weekend when we go to this park to run the dogs. Please, everyone… teach your family and friends not to litter and remind them at every age. And adults: cigarette butts are toxic waste to wildlife.

There is a sign posted by the lagoon that reads “Pine Creek Watershed… Ours To Protect”. Just beyond it, floating in the water is an extra-large plastic drink cup. It was too far out of my reach. Another posted sign just a few feet away advises people not to feed the wildlife and waterfowl, and lists a few reasons why: Poor Nutrition, Spread of Disease, Unnatural Behavior, and Pest Attraction. It goes on to say: “Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be very harmful. If you care about the waterfowl, please do not feed them. Allow them to keep their natural habits”.
About ten feet away someone had dumped a large take-out carton of white rice. Stupid people.

I tried not to let the trash and sub-intelligent humans spoil my reflective, happy, early Sunday morning mood and the pretty surroundings. I said a few thanks to the Canada Geese for being in my world at that moment, and to the universe for the beautiful morning. I had almost stayed behind, in bed, because I wasn’t feeling very well. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Shortly I heard the familiar sound of jingling collars and harnesses and greeted my “pack” coming around the bend. Another joyful moment in the park.

My "pack" - Chris, Drifty, Cuba

My “pack” – Chris with our Siberian Huskies: L-R Snowdrift (Drifty) and Cuba

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“cartoon shadows!”

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It’s thirsty work being urban Sled-Dogs

I am partial to the Canada Goose. One of my most prized possessions is a pair of Canada Goose carvings. They are sentimental, a symbol of the lifetime commitment between me and my mate, Chris. He gave them to me as gifts one year, one for my birthday and six months later its mate for our anniversary.
The Canada Goose mates for life…

“Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Konrad Lorenz, Father of the Greylag geese, devoted his lifetime to the study of geese. In The Year of the Greylag Goose (in my opinion, the best book about geese and animal behavior ever written), Dr. Lorenz mentioned that in his many years of observing geese, he only witnessed three instances in which a pair split up after breeding and raising their young. Goose pairs generally remain faithfully united until death unless “dramatic circumstances” intervene, for example, if the original pairing was not strong because either one of the partners had lost his/her first great love and acquired the new partner as a substitute. In two of the three instances, the same gander was unfaithful. This gander had previously lost his first great love.”
Read full article here: http://articles.lovecanadageese.com/lifemates.html/p


 © 2014 deb davies thorkelson {bluerock / debrazone}  |  iPhone images with “Lolo” filter from the Camera Bag app.

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