Wild geese are not generally known for their congeniality, but something about the one Henry Huff named Sal is special.
Sal showed up in the pond behind Huff’s Lillington, NC, cabin about a year ago. He was cantankerous and unfriendly. Except, for some reason, when it came to Huff’s bulldog, Sadie.
They fell in love and became inseperable, and Sal was Sadie’s fearsome, feathered protector.
“That goose,” said Wanda Holder, a neighbor, told the News Observer, “takes his long, long neck and rubs on that dog.”
But now, Sadie has gone missing and Sal’s sadness has inspired Harnett County residents to work together in an online search to find her.
Last week, the odd couple wandered out near N.C. 27, a busy highway outside their town. The two of them caused quite a fuss as folks tried to catch them and snap cute pics.
“We stopped to help the Canadian goose keep the bulldog out of the road … and the goose got (angry),” wrote a Sanford man in one Facebook post. “Started chasing everyone around and trying to bite anybody that got near the dog. You can’t make this (stuff) up.”
Witness reports say that at some point, an unknown woman leashed Sadie up and drove her off while Sal honked in protest.
“(The goose) chased the car with the dog in it for a little while, then gave up,” the Sanford man wrote.
Now Sal is beside himself, honking and wandering, looking for his lost friend.
“He’s been moping,” Huff said.
“It sorta broke my heart to see the two separated,” the Sanford man wrote. “It sorta broke my heart to see the two separated, it really did. You could tell they were pals.”
“The goose has been different,” neighbor Charles Bull said. “He’s been over in my yard quite a bit. I’m actually petting the goose, which I’ve never done before.”
Theories have cropped up about who the woman was, her whereabouts and her intentions. All would like to see Sadie safe, though. And reunited with her feathered friend.
Have information on Sadie’s whereabouts? Link to the Facebook thread above and share what you know.