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Marwyn found a home

By From page A6 | March 27, 2013

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MARWYN, a a 15-year-old China White gander, will avoid euthanasia and be placed in a new home in Auburn. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Marwyn the goose, whose plight was detailed in a March 22 Mountain Democrat article, has found a home in which to live the life he is accustomed to. Not only does Marwyn have “an amazing home with amazing people,” according to his owner, Laurie Bryson, but his goose wife, Sonora, also has a stay of execution and a new home with Marwyn.

Marwyn, a 15-year-old China White gander, was facing certain death unless Bryson was able to find a home for the pampered goose that met her standards. Bryson is moving from her acreage near Lotus into a Placerville mobile home park and needed to find a home for her goose companion by March 29.

Numerous Mountain Democrat readers called the paper or sent e-mail to Bryson to offer a home to Marwyn. Some offered a home for Sonora, his elderly crippled and blind goose wife as well. Sonora was slated for euthanization on March 22, due to the amount of care she would require. Marwyn’s appointment of doom was March 29.

“I would rather be by his side in his last moments,” said Bryson, explaining her decision, “rather than to put him in a perilous situation that would be emotionally and mentally unsound.”

Bryson wanted a property for Marwyn with a secure pen and secure shelter for night, a female goose companion and a human who had the time and inclination to spend time with Marwyn. She was also looking for a property close enough that she could visit the geese that have become such an important part of her life.

Readers who called offered large properties with ponds, ponds at mobile home parks that already had geese and fenced properties in Placerville, Gold Hill, Bassi Road. All expressed their willingness to take the geese and care for them. Most were worried about the possibility of euthanization.

Bryson found a home for both geese in Auburn. “They have a 100-square-foot duck and goose barn on 10 acres with swimming pools — it’s everything I hoped for,” said Bryson. “They are even willing to continue the medication for Sonora’s crippled leg.”

Thank you to all the readers and concerned people who called and offered homes or advice about possible homes for Marwyn and Sonora. They are moving to Auburn and living the good life.

Wendy Schultz

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