Cemetery workers step in to play matchmaker for a widowed goose; the lesson they taught about compassion

Pete Lakeman

Till death do us part. It’s sad at any age but way sadder at a younger age when one spouse lives for significantly longer after losing their loved one. When Blossom lost her longtime mate, Bud, workers at the cemetery, which the lovebirds called home, noticed that she was “out of sorts.” Her behavior changed and she started spending more time by the front office, often gazing at her reflection on the glass windows and model tombstones. She was quite sad and lonely. The workers, full of compassion, sprung into action and played matchmaker.

Tammen, one of the workers, “posted a personal ad for the "lonely, widowed domestic goose," writing that Blossom wanted a "life partner for companionship and occasional shenanigans." In the ad, Tammen called Blossom "youthful, adventurous, and lively." While the ad was largely borne out of humor, it worked beyond anyone’s imagination. On the other side of a blossoming love story, were Deb and Randy Hoyt, owners of a widower goose named Frankie. Frankie badly needed a mate, and the introduction was made. It’s reported that Blossom welcomed Frankie with open wings as their new chapter of love took off. "They started walking off together and they haven't really left each other's side since," Tammen said.

According to the people for the ethical treatment of animals (PETA), “Geese are very loyal. They mate for life and are protective of their partners and offspring. They’ll often refuse to leave the side of a sick or injured mate or chick, even if winter is approaching and the other geese in the group are flying south.”

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