CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While out of town recently, I was on a train seated across from two brothers from Massachusetts. One manages a Lowe's store somewhere in the Boston area.
"There's this guy who comes into my store all the time, at least once a week," said one of the brothers. "Following right behind him every time is this big, white goose. It trails along after him wherever he goes."
"That's allowed?" I asked.
"We have a sign posted outside. 'No dogs.' But nothing on geese," said the man, who paused before adding, "His name is Willard."
"And it just walks around loose?"
"The goose is loose," said the man, without even a hint of a smile. "But not always. Sometimes, when Willard is having a bad day, he'll be on a leash."
"Geese can have bad days?" I asked.