And whilst we’re on the subject of animals……….

Let’s take the p 1 5 5  out of hiss.

Hubby and I were walking through the park yesterday afternoon and had to pass a few ducks and geese on the way back.
As on the marina, Maggie doesn’t bother with these feathered rotund quackers or the honkers of the grey, white and black plumage.
Photo: Canada geese breeding ground from the river March 2015

Dozing ducks on the pontoon Sept 2015

The ducks are used to us now, as are most of the geese, but these particular two were taking their time to waddle towards the water, so naturally we held back not wanting to tempt fate as our money would be on the geese in a punch up.
Most of you are aware that I tend to talk to birds, dogs, cats, frogs (no kisses or prince yet)
etc, so what follows shouldn’t surprise you.

One of the pair turned and looked me right in the eye then started to hiss.
I’m not having that, so I told it to shut up. It hissed some more, so I said
Don’t you hiss at me! Get in the water!’
Its mate slid elegantly into the lake but Macho Goose stood his ground .
He tilted his head to one side, looked me up and down, but at least kept quiet. Not so much as a burp. He was quite a handsome goose actually, very expressive face!
The three of us walked past, this goose still glaring at us in silence. I looked back and said
‘Now isn’t’ that better? You shouldn’t hiss at people, it’s rude.’

What I didn’t realise was there was a family behind us with two dogs, and they were laughing their socks off. But old Macho didn’t hiss at them either, and simply followed his mate into the water.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to And whilst we’re on the subject of animals……….

  1. foguth says:

    LOL, years ago, we had 5 geese, Hissifer was the main gander & was named that for a reason. He tried biting us one time – my husband grabbed him by the neck, held him eye-to-eye, but not close enough to be bit, and gave that bird a strong lecture … didn’t hear a hiss out of him for our family after that.

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