View Full Version : The Story of GOOSEMan
01-24-2006, 11:48 AM
Some of you know the story. For the others it is a heartbreaking story with a great ending.
The GOOSE – Written in 2000 (when he was 10 and today he is 16).
Goose is an 10 year old abused puppy mill dog used for breeding. He never had a name just a number 181, tattooed in his ear. He came from a puppy mill near Parkersburg, WV after being kept in a wire cage and was not treated very well his entire life. Initally when he came into rescue, his mouth was full of rotten teeth. His teeth probably decayed from lack of care and he shattered his bottom jaw trying to eat his hard dog food. His poor feet were flat and extremely “scared” from being in th cage. Goose also lacked normal muscle one in his hind legs, making it hard for him to walk up even two steps.
I adopted, him approximately six months after her came into rescue. At that time DRNA with the wonderful help of Dr Alan Decker and his wife Becki was able to get the major infections in his mouth under control. He only had four upper rotten teeth and a flap fora bottom jaw when he arrived at my house. My vets had to remove his remaining 4 teeth and attempted to rest the lower jaw. It did not work and after consulting with the Virginia Tec Vet School it was decided to completely amputate the remaining portion of the lower jaw.
He eats normal hard small dog food and loves grilled chicken. His feet are better and one of his favorite past times is chasing squirrels in the yard. He has the clearest brownish red eyes, and is a very handsome red male. GOOSEMan as he is called is of 6 ˝ pounds and thinks he is the master of the house. If he is not on someone’s lap he is in then recliner. Of Course he sleeps in the big bed.
Today you would never know from the way he acts, that he was abused or that he is 10. He acts like a 2 year old.
These pictures were taken by Becki Decker in Feb 2000. His mouth was not full of food it was decay and tarter.
This is the King of my househodl now.
01-24-2006, 11:50 AM
I don't think I had ever heard that story Yolanda. He is such a beautiful little guy. I truly hope the people that let him get like that get what they deserve. He looks so happy with you now!
01-24-2006, 11:58 AM
Thanks for sharing GOOSEman's Story with us. I had read it before and had the same reaction ( :sad1: & :tissue:)
Like I mentioned in a thread before, My Heart just melts when I see his picture. He is such a :love5: bug!
You have done wonders for him Yolanda :appl: You are a true :angel7:
:thankyou: for ALL you do!!!!!!
Thanks again for sharing his story with us. It does have a VERY HAPPY ENDING! :banana: :cheer2:
Laurie' s Dachshunds
01-24-2006, 12:06 PM
Glad you got him Yolanda! Do you have a recent pic. on there? or are those all from when he was 10? I hate to hear about these little one' s being treated so badly :shocked: so sad that it happens.
01-24-2006, 12:11 PM
I had never heard GOOSEman's story. Goodness, the poor little guy went through a lot!! Thanks for giving this sweet guy a second chance and being his :angel7: .
01-24-2006, 12:13 PM
I have heard a partial story, but not the whole thing! You are a rescue :angel7: Yolanda!! (Sound familiar?) :D Thank you for doing all that you do for da GOOSEMan!:cheer2: :cheer2: Happy Sweet Sixteen kisses for the little lover!:hearts:
What a wonderful story Yolanda. He truely is a handsome and lucky man. Although who is luckier, you or him? :angel7:
01-24-2006, 12:31 PM
Thanks for posting Gooseman's story, Yolanda. :thanx: I knew I shouldn't have read it at work. Now I'm all teary. :sad1:
01-24-2006, 12:39 PM
that is a wonderful story of love not only on your part but also on Beckie's and her husband. I'm so glad GOOSEMan found his way to your home and all of our :hearts:
:sosad: :sad3: story of poor Mr. Gooseman. A terrible first 10 years!
But all of the love and affection he knows now, I'm sure he knows how lucky he is to have found you Yolanda!!:rowofhts: :love: :heart14:
01-24-2006, 01:00 PM
Yolanda you really are an :angel7: And GOOSEman is such a brave and determined boy. I can't imagine what he had to endure! And he is still able to give love! He is such a special doxie! Thank you for posting his story, I never knew the details.
01-24-2006, 01:06 PM
Thank you so much for sharing that story. So much of Gooseman's condition sounds like Grrrrt. I don't know Grrrt's back story but your discription of Gooseman's leg muscles and inability to do stairs is exactly like Grrrrt! Wow.
Thunderbolts of bad luck jinxes to the puppy millers who've made our puppers have a hard luck in the first part of their lives.
And :bigrayz: :bigrayz: :bigrayz: for lucky days ahead for all of you who've taken on the responsibility of caring for these :angel7: dogs.
01-24-2006, 04:02 PM
That's a GREAT story Yolanda! The both of you are very lucky to have each other!
01-24-2006, 04:37 PM
What a happy ending for such a sad beginning! WOnderful GOOSEMan! Wonderful Mommy!
01-24-2006, 04:38 PM
This is the first time I hear his story. I am so so glad that he had you. Thank you Yolanda!!!
01-24-2006, 05:37 PM
I love Gooseman!!! He always sounds like the sweetest little guy! I love his rotten, spoiled attitude!
01-24-2006, 07:17 PM
The Gooseman is just amazing and the care you give him is wonderful. Those of us that do rescue understand how much seeing these puppers improve can make them such wonderful sweethearts to be around.
He will be the Valentine of your eye for a long time to come i hope!!:hearts:
I hadn't heard that story either. I knew he was a rescue and that he was one of the great loves of your life, Yolanda, but I didn't know he'd been thru such hell prior to coming in to your life. Kiss that sweet frosty face for me. Thanks for sharing his story with us. :rowofhts:
01-24-2006, 08:27 PM
Ok, Yolanda thats TWICE today you've put me to tears!!! What a sweet face. I never knew his story either, thank you so much for sharing with us!! You truly are an :angel7: for all that you do.
I'm glad you posted The GOOSEman's story. I am so happy he was adopted by you and now knows what it's like to live in a truly loving home. :thanx: Yolanda for being his his guardian :angel7:
If Gooseman could talk I'm sure he would thank you for being such a wonderful mommy every single day.
Make sure to give him a few extra hug’s and kisses on my behalf.
07-13-2006, 04:18 PM
It was a VERY cold day in February, Jill contacted me that we had to do a run to WV to pick up some 30 dachshunds from a lady who was turning them over to rescue. Mostly Boys and Older girls, we set off on a trip to Parkersburg, WV where a woman would meet us and we would pick them up. You see we were not allowed on this person's property. Later we found out that she had 500-800 dachshunds on her property and a total of around 1000 dogs of small breeds. At one time she was a show breeder. She used pictures from 1975 on her website to sell puppies to unsuspecting pet owners. I know of someone who bought a Piebald female from her for $1,500.00 just to keep it from being sold to a breeder in FL where she was destined to go. Anyway, It was FREEZING cold outside. At the time all I had was a Nissan Truck with a Top over the bed and slider windows to the cab. I had already done one such run in the months prior to this and was somewhat prepared for what we might be getting. We arrived in late afternoon, Early evening at the designated place and proceded to wait. Slowly but surely this woman started bringing dogs to us. She would bring us several dogs inside of crates, scruff them up and drop them from waist high into ex-pens we had waiting for them. Only very few dogs were friendly at all, most were scared to death, we would have to corall them into a corner, stick a crate inside the ex-pen and let them run inside. We got no info on the dogs, just tried to quickly evaluate the needs of each one, look for things that needed emergency treatment and move on to the next. We wanted soooo badly just to have them all there and get on the road because our trip home would be long. It took hours and hours and meanwhile while waiting for the return of the person bringing us more dogs, some of the dogs are starting to crash due to hypothermia and we moved them into th cab of my truck and let the engine run to warm them up. It had the two sidewall seats behind the bench seat as it was an extended cab. I was able to stack 3 small crates on each side of the truck behind the seats and believe me they were full with sick dogs needing immediate care. We got a dog in that had been degloved. That ism its foot slipped between the wires of the cage he was in and swelled until it cut the skin perfectly around its ankle and then they oulled the foot out and totally removed the hide from the foot, tore tendons in the paw, ripped nails off, etc and it was a VERY recent injury, since the tissue was blood red, no healing had yet occured and it was still seaping serous flood from it and the dogs chest was soaked in serous fluid. It was at this point that I wanted to follow the person bringing us the dogs and FIND THIS WOMAN! We got dogs in of every shape and color, some way overweight, others way too skinny. We got a young Momma who had a c-section within the past 24 hours and no puppies. I am sure the lady took her puppies and gave them to another momma and got rid of the girl who cost her money to have the c-section done. In honesty, the section looked like it had been done by someone other than a vet, the sticting was horrible and inside, everything was stuck to everything else. It was one of the worst experiences I have ever had. We got a few dogs of other breeds and a few dogs went home with other rescuers, but for the most part, 28 dachshunds came to my husband's clinic for a marathon vetting frenzy. We had a system going, draw blood for HW testing, do a fecal, bathe the dog, do nails, worm them, check teeth, then await the spay/neuter procedure and a dental. Less than 72 hours later we had almost all the dogs vetted, wormed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and in kennel runs. People came in from all over the following weekend and picked up about half the dogs. The ones that would perhaps be easiest to place or that people had the experience enough to foster until they could find new homes. That left us with all of the scared to death dogs and all the special care dogs. At first I had Gooseman named as Dufus and Jill told me that just would not do in finding him a home. I said well he honks like a goose when he barks, and thus Goose would be his name. He had so much build up on his teeth that he looked like a chipmunk hoarding food in his jaws. His peridontal disease was so extensive that the infection litterally ate away his lower jaw, what was left of it. His lower jaw was broken in at least 3 places, all the way back to the hinge. Patch Adams, who looked like Gooseman's brother was just as tiny as Gooseman, he had a HUGE scar on his back, a burn mark from what was said that a heat lamp had fallen on him when he was a puppy. He also had rope burn scars around his neck from either being tied out with a rope or strung up by a rope. By far these were the worst dogs we had ever seen, they were scared to death, one dog vomited at the site of humans. Three Chi/Dachshund mixes were two yrs old and had never been touched in their two years of life, admitted by their breeder. We were told that she lives on the edge of the dump and tosses the dead dogs over the fence into the county dump. One person visited her property after she gave up these dachshunds and said the place was horrid, said she had the number of dogs reported above and got little to no care and the reason that many were at both ends of extreme in weight and size was because she had numerous dogs together in the cages with feeders and that some dogs got to eat and some dogs did not. All of the dogs were up on wires and reprtedly the authorities will not go in on her because of the shear number of dogs and what they would have to do with all of them. Everyone of these dogs found homes, numerous were adopted by their fosters due to the time it took for socializing them and then the foster couldn't bear the thought of placing them elsewhere after it took so long to trust them. I STILL have all of the pictures of these dogs, to this day, saved on my computer.
07-13-2006, 04:25 PM
Please tell me something horrid happened to that woman:pray: This story needs a "She died in a fire" ending.
07-13-2006, 04:26 PM
Gooseman is as handsome as ever.
07-13-2006, 04:29 PM
I'd never heard the "Gooseman's" story. What a brave little guy. I'm sooooo glad he got to have you be his :angel7: . Give the Goose lots of:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99: :hug99:
07-13-2006, 04:32 PM
:sad3: What a way to have to live. Those poor babies. :bighug: for helping and bringing them to safety.
07-13-2006, 04:33 PM
Please tell me something horrid happened to that woman:pray: This story needs a "She died in a fire" ending.
She is STILL breeding pathetic little dachshunds, no longer AKC registered, but I am sure she has some kind of good excuse for that too. Likely APR, or APRI registered now, or some other bogus, puppy mill thought up registry!:mad1::mad2::mad3::sad3:
07-13-2006, 04:35 PM
That's NOT what I was hoping to hear. Dang dang dang. Where did I put those matches?
07-13-2006, 04:38 PM
I'm emotionally drained after reading this.... :sad1:
07-13-2006, 04:41 PM
You are all so wonderful for saving Gooseman and his relatives and friends you could manage to get.
I hope and pray that this lady gets shut down. :pray:
07-13-2006, 04:46 PM
Ohhhh Look what I found, HER website!
(PS: Link to another website at the bottom of the page)
07-13-2006, 05:46 PM
So interesting that you posted this today. yesterday I looked up his story. I saw his picture and was hoping to find out more. What a terrible thing for him to have to go through.
All I can say is, May God bless you and your family. You are truely an :angel7:
07-13-2006, 07:02 PM
What can we do? About this woman? Is there anything? Is there a "report a bad puppy mill" website somewhere that we could warn people about her?
07-13-2006, 07:25 PM
That's just too awful!!!!! How can she be allowed to keep doing that???
Oh Gooseman...he's even more precious now.
07-13-2006, 07:48 PM
Yolanda, the first time I heard the Gooseman story I cried. I think after that I grabbed harley (this was before Max) in my arms and gave him a big hug.
This is just perfect. I got a lot of pent up frustration and my daddy has a shotgun.....*search web for flights to WV via Houston to pick up gun*. I hope this woman gets what's comin' to her and soon!!! Give Gooseman a :hug99: from me!!!
07-13-2006, 10:39 PM
:sosad: I don't understand how people can get away with that.
I'm glad that it had a happy ending though! He seems to have a good life now thanks to you Yolanda! :cheer2:
07-13-2006, 11:20 PM
No one can touch her. - He husband was the local sheriff and still might be.
07-14-2006, 01:01 AM
You know it's such a shame that we can't more easily shut down these places. This SAME woman called me about a month ago wanting me to take like 10-12 dogs she could not unload and also wanted me to pay her $100.00 a piece for them! She did say I was allowed on the property but after talking to her about her dogs there was no way I could take on such an endeavor alone and or facilitate such a horrible business. She told me she had some izzy LH male pups who had not sold and could I take them? (for 100.00) I asked about them further only to find they were 3 years old! They had been there 3 years in cages with absolutely no socialization at all. They are one year rehab projects easily. It's a 7 hour drive for me one way and we just could not do it but I would have loved to get in there and take pics so others would know what she is about. I told her to let me know when I did not have to pay to help HER! She just kept saying Oh you are not helping me you are helping the dogs, I don't need help.. :shocked: These idiots will justify their every action. Oh, and she has gone to CKC as she said AKC was not ethical any longer as they support Peta who was in the spotlight for some unethical practices. :scratch: :scratch: Yea right, it's that CKC is cheaper and easier to deal with or AKC maybe kicked her to the curb?? I am sure she is really worried about ethics with her 500 dog kennel! :sosad:
07-14-2006, 02:08 PM
That just tugs at my heart. Such a sad story but such a wonderful ending. So glad you found him Yolanda. :hug99: I must shower Bella girl with extra attention tonight. It's really disheartening to hear she that woman is still doing this to these puppies.
07-14-2006, 03:39 PM
I remember GOOSEman's story. It makes me :sosad: to hear it but it is a stoyr to be told.
07-15-2006, 06:23 PM
This is Cara. For some reason I can't log Fluffy off of my dad's computer!Thanks, Yolanda for pulling this up so I could read his story. Terribly sad but I'm so glad you have him now!
There was a DNRA adoption set up at the Prime Outlets in Gettysburg today. My mom and I happened to be shopping! I met Katie and Ed. They had some adorable puppers there. Sure wish I could have taken a little guy named Rascal home. Those of you who rescue are amazing people. Thanks for doing what you do.
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