It takes strength to smile through heartbreak, but 2-year-old Goose didn’t know any different. Even though he had just been tied to a fence and abandoned by his owners with nothing more than a brief note around his neck, the lovable Great Pyrenees-mix still mustered up a tail wag when a stranger in the neighborhood approached him.
“He really likes people,” Lindsey Hawkins, Goose’s new mom and friend of the Good Samaritan who approached him, told The Dodo. “When he saw someone coming up to him, he was just hoping to be loved on.”
“He never once showed an ounce of aggression during all of that,” Hawkins said. “I think he knew we were really just trying to help him out.”
Hawkins believes that Goose had been an outside dog his entire life. The dog’s reaction to being inside Hawkins’ house for the first time broke her heart.
After sleeping for a couple of days, though, Goose started warming up to his new home and his new siblings, which include a flock of chickens and a senior therapy dog named Zeus.
“The day we decided that he was going to be a permanent resident,” she added, “[Goose] stood up on his hind legs, put his front paws on my husband’s shoulders, and buried his head into my husband’s chest, as if he was saying, ‘Thank you.’”
“He has changed from a very mopey, slow-moving dog into a goofy, playful, fun-loving dog,” Hawkins said. “He loves being a house dog now!”
“One of his favorite things to do is roll around in the yard,” Hawkins added.
“The girl dogs showed him how fun toys are,” Hawkins said. “He loves to roll around on the floor going belly-up while holding the toy in his mouth and grabbing it with his feet.”
Goose’s smile continues to grow bigger and more infectious by the day. So much so that Hawkins thinks he could follow in his brother Zeus’s paw prints as a therapy dog in the future.
“Who knows,” Hawkins said. “Maybe one day Goose might just make a great therapy dog, too.”