When the dawn breaks in Echo Park near downtown Los Angeles, the geese are waking up and starting their morning routines. But for one, going for a swim and a walk isn’t the only thing on the agenda. An old man and his goose friend are about to start their day with some quality bonding time.
Maria, a grey Toulouse goose, waits patiently every morning for her best friend. But it’s not another goose, oh no, it’s a retired salesman called Dominic Ehrler and they’ve become quite the local celebrities in Echo Park.
The unlikely pairing seems to have a special bond that cannot be replicated. “They walk around the park together like they’re in love; it’s wonderful,” said a local park-goer.
“People would look at us like – what is this?” Dominic said to CBS News’ Steve Hartman. “What, they’ve never seen a guy walking with a goose before?” Steve replied. “Yeah, that’s pretty much a fact,” Dominic said.
It all started when Maria started following Dominic around the park for no particular reason. He didn’t feed her, he wasn’t trying to entice her to follow him. He was just walking by the lake one day. It must have been something about the way he walked that caught Maria’s attention. She’s been smitten by him ever since.
She thinks that she owns me. The other geese are not allowed to be near me on account of Maria.
But it’s not just the other geese. Maria doesn’t like other humans or dogs getting too close to her best bud.
An old man and his goose friend are the talk of the town
Every time Dominic would go to leave the park, Maria would follow him. Even when he got on his scooter, Maria would fly behind him hoping he wouldn’t get away. In the end, he would return for Maria’s safety and wait for her to fall asleep before he would leave.
Though Maria doesn’t like Dominic talking to other people, she herself has no issues socialising with others when he’s away. In fact, Maria has become a groupie for a rock band and even appeared in a music video.
The group OK GO shot a music video in the park and the director had a nightmare trying to get Maria to leave the boys alone. In the end, he just let Maria feature in the music video for End Love. Other than that, Maria is totally faithful to Dominic.
She’d go home with me, I have no doubt in my mind.
Honestly, this old man and his goose friend have to be the cutest couple in the world. It just goes to show that no matter what age, you can always make friends.
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