Monday, August 19, 2013

Mischief Monday: Chauffeuring Mr and Mrs Peeper, a Farm Story

I'll give you the moral of this story right up front:  You can lead geese to water but you shouldn't put them inside your vehicle with the windshield wipers on.

And I'll leave it to you to decide who was making mischief in this farm story.  

I chose two White Chinese goslings at the hatchery before I knew that domestic geese could live well into their thirties.  

The dog daddy was not too thrilled at that news since he hated geese. When he was a little boy some geese chased him into an outbuilding at his grandma's house and wouldn't let him out. 
Mr and Mrs Peeper

While they were still young, they lived in our fenced yard in a wire enclosure that could be moved around for fresh greens.  This way I could keep a close eye on them, plus they and the dogs could get used to one another.
Mrs and Mr Peeper
Our yellow Lab mix,Sherman especially loved baby creatures and Mr and Mrs Peeper were no exception.

The Peepers and Sherman
Sherman having a chat with Mr and Mrs Peeper

Once grown, they moved into their own permanent digs.  They roamed at will during the day and were locked into their house at night for protection. 

Mr Peeper

We had a number of spring fed ponds on our 150 acre farm.  The closest was about 1/4 mile from the house.  The geese never ventured far from the house and barn, so I used to lead them to the pond for a swim.  I didn't herd them, I'd whistle and sing to them.  They'd follow me anywhere.

The peeper piper leading the peepers.
They definitely enjoyed it.  However, it was small, pretty muddy little pond, so I'd just sit on a rock and watch.  Sort of a zen time of relaxation.

Mr and Mrs Peeper (White Chinese) with Peabody and PeeWee (Grey Toulouse)

Swim over, I'd lead them back up to the house and barn yard.

Of all our ponds the one we referred to as "The Big Pond" was the best for swimming.  During the wicked heat and humidity of summer, that was where we all headed for some fun and to cool off.  I'd throw the inner tubes, floats, a cooler of water, and towels into the back of the old farm pickup.  In the dogs would hop.

I'd tried leading the geese to "The Big Pond" on foot.  However, it was too far away for a hike.  I was afraid if I put the geese in the bed of the pickup that they'd fly out.

So I decided to just throw the geese into the pickup cab with me.  Worked like a charm.  They seemed to enjoy the ride and they loved going to the pond with us for a swim.

My dogs, Benji and Sherman, alternated between relaxing on floats, drifting around the pond, and swimming after Mr and Mrs Peeper, chomp, chomp, chomping... thought they never seriously tried to snatch them.  The geese would shriek and sometimes turn around and chase them!  It was a like a game of tag.

There came a day when the dog daddy came home from work in time to join us as we prepared to head for the pond.   He thought it was hilarious that the geese road with me in the truck and had the bright idea to take some pictures.

He snapped a few photos, but pronounced the windshield too dirty for them to be any good.

"Turn the windshield washers on!"  he shouted.  

I did.

The Peeper chauffeur reeling in shock and trying to avoid goose wings.
All hell broke loose.  The Peepers, sure it was an attack of some kind and their lives were in danger, began screaming honks, flapping wings and, in general, trying to escape the confines of the truck. 

Poor Peepers trying to escape the windshield wipers while their chauffeur laughs hysterically.

Our days of swimming at the pond were over.  

They refused to ever get in the pickup cab again.

Thank you to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief!  


  1. OMD! That was so funny! I imagine it was quite a scare for you too! All those flapping wings and screams of fear. Oh Sue.That is hilarious. I am just sorry they refused to ride in the truck again.

    1. It was pretty hysterical! Truly, I never thought about those wipers freaking them out. After that, I'd put them in the cab and they'd scream and jump out. :-(

  2. Oh my goodness, who would of thought the windshield wipers would of caused such an issue! Your face in the one picture is hilarious, looks like you are having a lot of fun!

    1. And here I thought we'd just have some cute photos of the geese riding with me... :-0

  3. Too funny...although thinking about it fro the perspective it makes would they know what those things coming at them were. Priceless.

    1. They were pretty sure we were all going to die! lol

  4. That is too funny. At least no one got beat to bad by their wings.

    1. Those wings can bruise, but they weren't trying to hurt me... just escape the horror of the wipers!

  5. Oh my goshies... I LOVED that story! So, so silly, and really enjoyed it. :)

    Woofs & huggies, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  6. Too cute! I can't believe they rode so well in the truck. That's just amazing!

    We have a White Peking Duck and I can't imagine him liking the truck for ANY reason!! LOL!

    Maybe after some time they can get used to the truck again??

    Very cool story!!

  7. Oh what a great story!! Brought a smile to my face, and the pictures were priceless!! Love this!

  8. Oh my gosh, I thought I was reading Flea's blog for a minute there! Hope they didn't hurt themselves in their panic! I'm sure it was a funny site seeing those birds in the cab with you!

  9. OMD, that was SO funny! Really, really sweet pictures along the way to tell the story... and then... bam... hilarity ensues! Poor sweeties! Thinking those wipers were a full-on attack! I can totally sense the chaos that was going on in that truck. This sounds like one of those stories that you tell people and say, "Man, I really wish we got some pictures of that." Except you did. Awesome.

  10. LOL! That is too hilarious!!! Too bad they don't make seat belts for geese. :D

  11. OMD, I loved that story! The pics of them following you to the little pond are too cute! And I can't imagine anything more fun than hanging out at the big pond w/ my dogs and my "peeps." I'm so sorry the windshield wipers ruined all the fun! Whoda thunk it?? Excellent that you have photographic evidence of that!

  12. What a cool story :) That is so cute how they followed you to the pond! Who woulda thought they'd react that way to windshield wipers lol.. that's pretty hilarious.

  13. That is freaken funny, thanks for making me laugh! Love the photos!

  14. Oh boy that is quite a scene!! No more outings for you guys!!

    Have a fun day

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  15. Oh no. That is some crazy mischief. So now just invent a gigantic windshield-wiper-thingy that parks and golf courses could use to discourage geese from staying there. You could be rich.

    PS the bracelet went over very well at our raffle. I tried but there were a lot of tickets in the pot for it.


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