Sad News

☆ August 29, 2011

I got word from Mike last night that Ricardo was killed.

Ricardo (the goose) was spending the summer in the valley with the Special Project cows where he has spent every summer for the last ten years, with the exception of last summer. In fact, the families who live adjacent to these pastures had re-named the special project cows ‘The Goose Group.’

He was killed by roving dogs, whose owners are new to the neighborhood though not to the town.

Revel In Paradise, Ricardo. You made so many people smile.

Comments

245 Responses to “Sad News”

  1. Cheryl
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    I was already having a shitty Monday but trying not to cry about it. I just failed. So sad that his life ended violently.

  2. Eclecta
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    Heartbroken. He was such a wonderful character. Thank you for giving us all the opportunity to learn a bit about him. Sending you and the Farmily hugs and light.

  3. moondoggie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    I was one of them–I truly adored the photos and antics of the comical Ricardo. He lived a charmed life with his bovine buddies, and I am sure he is looking down at us and quaaaacking away to let us know that his spirit lives on. Perhaps the special project cows might need to adopt another goose–I am sure they are in a grieving moooood also. Animals are such wonderful creatures!

  4. nathalie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    ohhh noooooo. Ricardo! That makes me sad. Sending the farmily love from Minnesota.

  5. eni
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    What heartbreaking news! I’m so sorry for your loss. If had a wonderful life with you. I’m sure he was as happy as a goose can get. I only wish his end had been a more peaceful one.

  6. Jeanette
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    RIP Ricardo. You were loved and adored. I’m so sorry to hear this.

  7. Nancy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you all.

  8. Wendy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Oh, no! *sniff* Hugs to you and everyone in the Farmily.

  9. Bruce
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    He will be there with others waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

  10. lisa
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    this makes me so sad. my thoughts are with you all.

  11. Kathy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Rest in peace Ricardo.

  12. Nancy J
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Damn!!!! I’m sorry. Dog owners need to be responsible for their animals. I am sorry you lost your friend.

  13. Renee
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Yes, even in wide open spaces, there are irresponsible owners! So painfully sad…the thought of it makes me sick to my stomach.

  14. Beverly Bernard
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    I’m so sad to hear this. I loved seeing Ricardo here. I’m so sorry for your loss of this precious guy.

  15. Jenn
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. R.I.P. Ricardo.

  16. Cin
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Well THAT just topped off my already shitty Monday. I shit you not.

    {{{{{{{{Shreve}}}}}}}}

  17. Deborah
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Dammit! That he died so violently pisses me off.

    And saddens me. I’m sorry for your loss. RIP, Ricardo.

  18. John Oliver
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    So sorry to hear this. I always looked forward to news and pics of Ricardo. He was a special goose; such a character.

  19. Laura
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I am so sad that Ricardo died that way. I am also mad at those idiots that let their dogs run loose and kill Ricardo. Those dogs probably kill other defenseless animals. They need to be behind a fence. So sorry for your loss.

  20. Shauna
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Sniff… Snifff…

    Poor Ricardo.

    Hugs to you and all of your Farmily.

  21. LJ
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    My heart is broken for all of you, he had an amazing soul. I believe one day, he will shake your hand and tell you what a wonderful life he was able to share with all of you.
    Take comfort in knowing that Ricardo knew he was so loved, and he loved you all as well.

  22. Leisa
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    I am so very sorry. He did brighten the lives, I believe, of everyone who heard about him, his charming personality and the cows he loved. He was one of a kind. Be at peace, Ricardo…..we will miss you.

  23. Martha
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Shreve.
    Loosing an animal is never easy. But to loose one due to the irresponsibility of others is worse.
    Ricardo was loved. That is all anyone can ask for.

    M

  24. Kate
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I’m so sorry. Ricardo had a great life and will be missed!

  25. Marg
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    I love dogs until they pack up. Can’t lay the blame on them but the owners most likely don’t care either. So sorry, Hugs

  26. Rachel
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Ricardo, thank you for making the world a little brighter. You will be missed by humans and animals alike.

  27. katblue
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    Oh my god, no! :(

  28. Debbie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    So very sorry to hear that. He will be missed!

  29. Carolyn
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Perhaps you should send a copy of all these comments to to thoughtless idiots with the roving dogs. But then again, I doubt they’d “get it”.

  30. Jillian
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Well.
    That’s tragic.

  31. Steph Gray
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    shreve, so sorry. Our thoughts are with you and the farmily.

  32. Stella
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    I’m so sorry :(

  33. hello haha narf
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    it must be your writing ability that has me in tears this morning. i mean, he was a goose that i never even met, right?
    fuck.

  34. catherine
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    This is devastating, Monsieur Ricardo, the mayor of the farm, the one who knew everyone and controlled everyone passed away…. His aura was so great that thousands of people across the world talked about him and his attitude. Now thousands of people across the world will cry and miss him. Our little white knight, furry friend has gone home. Well it will be a shitty week. What do we do now ? Darn it, I did not need this today !

  35. christine
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I am so sorry. He had a great goose/cow life. He brought so much joy.

  36. Lorelei
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    No words can really comfort but maybe the sheer volume of them from those of us who care about you and your Farmily will dull the sharp edges.

  37. pogonip
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Sometimes life just plain sucks. Ricardo was one in a million. (hugs)

  38. Nanci
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Damn pack of roving dogs. Irresponsible owners, damn them even more. What is crazy is that coyotes and wolves always get the bad rap, when truely more creatures and humans too are attacked and/or killed by roving DOGS! This happened to my sister’s mini-goats. Just horrible! People suck!

  39. Dani
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Ricardo and his antics will be missed!

  40. Barbara R
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I’ll miss you, you handsome boy. So sad.

  41. Ursula
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Sorry to hear this, Shreve. Hope those dogs get kicked by a grieving bovine.

  42. Firlefanz
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Oh, that is so sad. Even sadder that people allow their dogs to roam and kill.

    Ricardo, have a great time up in summerland.

  43. Teaspoon
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    {{hugs}} if you would like them.

  44. Felyne
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Total.Suck.

    Not suggesting this at all, merely curious to how things work here in the US: in New Zealand, farmers can shoot a dog if it’s worrying stock. Sadly, new townie neighbours thought it wasn’t a problem their dog would sometimes “get out” and go wandering (think they thought that was a nice part about living out in the country). Despite warnings about what would happen, it did happen and they lost their pet needlessly. It’s a part of responsible dog ownership, especially in the country, to ensure your dog doesn’t roam.

    Is there any repercussion for the dog owners, or is that quite acceptable behaviour here?

    Revel In Paradise, Ricardo. My thoughts are with you, Shreve. Just too wickedly horrid.

  45. Tracy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    :( …I’m so sorry Shreve. Very sad now!

  46. Meg
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ”
    ~Anatole France

    This makes for a sad Monday. Sending strength vibes your way~~~~~

  47. Andrea
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    So sad! He seemed like such a character, and I’m sure the cows will miss him, too. If there is any bright spot it’s that you didn’t find him. I feel bad that Mike did, but at least your only images of him are of a sassy boy.

    Weak? Yeah. I totally admit it, but sometimes it’s just the smallest little thing that helps. What can I say? I’m desperate to find something good out of a completely shitty and senseless event that could have been avoided.

  48. kay
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    So heartbreaking.

    Little Ricardo, I’m so sorry you had to go through that, but live on in everyone’s love and appreciation of you.

  49. Janet M
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Rest in Peace Ricardo, we’ll miss you.

  50. Ketra
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    We loved Ricardo, we love him still. What an awesome goose he was. Hugs to you, Shreve.

  51. Deborah
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    How very sad. So sorry for your loss.

  52. TheMHalf
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Ugh, sucky news. Sending love, peace, strength, and support to the entire Farmily.

    It’s a little strange how I can feel so sad for the loss of an almost pet of someone I’ve never met. Big hugs to you, Shreve. You generate love and compassion from those who read your words.

  53. Meg A.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    So very sad for you and the farmily’s loss…Ricardo will be enjoying a cow family over the Rainbow Bridge.

  54. TB
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    OH NO!!!!! I’m so sorry for your loss, Shreve. Ricardo’s photos and videos always made me smile. He was one very special goose and will truly be missed. :(

  55. Jenny C
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Well sheeeeit!

    Every single post here is so perfectly eloquent, and I needed to read every one to assuage my hurting heart.

    Felyne, “Just too wickedly horrid” is spot-on.

    I am so sorry, Shreve, Mike and Farmily. I loved that wonderfully curmudgeonly goose, and he so often made my day. I know he couldn’t survive forever, but it’s beyond maddening that he had to leave us this way. I’m hoping (with my head firmly in the sand) that the dogs made quick work of it. It’s unimaginable, but perhaps (again, with head firmly in the sand) it was a faster, less agonizing passing than dying slowly of a disease or something possibly even worse.

    Have the owners of the murdering pack been notified? A pox upon them!

    RATS! You’ll be missed, Ricardo.

  56. Jane
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Tears.

  57. Faye
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Shreve. My thoughts are with you, Mike, and the entire Farmily.

    Dashing Ricardo will always be a shining star.

  58. Corrie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    I’m crying right now and I didn’t even know him. God bless you, Ricardo, you crazy goose!

  59. Susan
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I am so sorry for you loss. He was an adorable creature and to be killed by roving dogs. So sad.

  60. Elly
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this! I really enjoyed reading about Ricardo’s antics and I’m so sorry to hear that he’s passed. :(

  61. Heidi
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Ricardo. He will be greatly missed. I loved reading about him. His spirit will live on with the Farmily. He will always be with you even though you can’t see him.

  62. Beverly Murphy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    so very sad; your photo’s of him are some of my favorites. i do hope there is some type of repercussions for the dog owners. my thoughts and prayers for you, Mike and farmily. peace and love

  63. Jenna
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I am sorry to hear this. Hope you give the owners of the dogs hell.

  64. Penny in Co
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Man this sucks. RIP Ricardo…tis a shitty monday indeed.

  65. Janet in NYC
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Ricardo’s untimely and violent end was entirely avoidable. This news makes me very angry. I love dogs but their owners are another story.

  66. Linda D.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Oh, Shreve and Mike, I am so sorry to hear this about Ricardo. He was definitely quite the character. Fortunately, we have the stories you have shared about his life with the farmily, that we may not only mourn his death, but celebrate his life.
    L.

    (We always hear about the wildlife – coyotes, wolves, etc. – going after domestic animals. Yet, I wonder how many more animals. like Ricardo, die because of dogs that are allowed to roam free.)

  67. spenlo
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Just wondering whether the dog owner have been notified to preclude damage or harm to other animals. I don’t blame the dogs… I blame the irresponsible owners. RIP Ricardo.

  68. Amy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Oh, feisty Ricardo. You are the boss of our hearts.

  69. Ilana
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Sorry for your loss, poor Ricardo. It would have been bad enough if he had been killed by a wild animal but the fact that it could have been prevented if the people had been more responsible pet owners is so frustrating.
    You gave him a great life though, he was a very lucky goose to be part of your farmily!

  70. Barbara
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    So sorry!

  71. Liza Lundell
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Condolences to you and Mike and the farmily, and to Ricardo’s extended family. We’ve all lost him and mourn him.

  72. Jenn
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    What a tragic loss! My heart goes out to you and the farmily. So sorry to hear your news.
    My prays and thoughts are with Ricardo. <3

  73. Maddy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    This is so sad. It seems to be a time of loss with the natural disasters that have occurred, and now this.
    I am very sorry. You gave him the best life a goose could have. He will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences to all of you.
    Maddy

  74. Nancy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I felt sick when I read this. I loved Ricardo and reading of his antics. There was something human about him. First Monday, now tears. I’m so sorry

  75. Alice
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Oh Shreve, I’m so sorry to hear this. Like many others, I am sitting here crying for a goose that I have never met. No words can make things right but know that many of us are grieving with you. We’ll miss you, silly Ricardo.

  76. Alex I.A.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I had a couple bunnies killed by neighboring loose dogs. I hope our goose-loss inspires a rise on responsible dog-owner-behavior so that Ricardo’s early departure will not be for nought. I love geese. I love dogs. I LOVE LEASHES.
    Peace and love to you all.

  77. bonnie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    bummer. a sad end, but for anyone who is wondering, it was probably quick.
    unfortunately, this sort of thing happens all too often, and it’s usually dogs who are new to the neighborhood. it’s the owners’ fault — i had a neighbor who, when confronted with the request to keep her dogs on her own property, said “i just want to be able to open the door, and let them go” — she thot they were just great dogs because they came home at the end of the day. she didn’t want to think about what all they were doing to entertain themselves while they were gone. some people are mean, and they don’t even know it.
    where i live, it is legal to shoot dogs who are harassing your livestock. but that just puts the livstock owner in the position of having to take the reponsibility to deal with the actions of someone else’s dogs. the owner should take responsility for them themselves!!

  78. Shelley
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    No, these dogs don’t need to be behind a fence. They need to be shot on sight if they’re left to “rove” again, free to kill other farm animals. That’s the only way to wake up irresponsible owners.

    Ricardos’s violent death was the result of irresponsible humans, period.

    So sorry Shreve to hear of the death of the lovely soul that belonged to Ricardo.

  79. Snickelfritz
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Well that just sucks. RIP Ricardo.

  80. Suzanna
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    I’m so sorry Shreve. My heart breaks for you and the farmily. Ricardo was a very special little guy. Going peacefully in his sleep would have been much more fitting for such a beautiful life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  81. Sherri
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Nooooooo!!! Not Ricardo! Sad Days that this happened. He was a special lil guy. I hope he is at peace. My heart is saddened. :(

  82. Laura
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    Oh, I am so sorry. Richardo was a great goose and a wonderful character. I hope something can be done to impress upon the neighbors that letting their dogs run loose is NOT the thing to do!

  83. Colleen G
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    My heart just broke a little. He was my fave out of the cast of characters. My wallpaper has been “Ricardo holds counsel” ever since you posted it here. I am sooooo sorry for your loss and his tragic violent death. He will be missed by all. RIP Ricardo.

  84. i-ching
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    while we know that all things will die, the unjustifiably violent end for Ricardo is the most upsetting aspect. I hope the dog owners show some deep contrition. :(

  85. Kris Wiebe
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ricardo. So many people I know have lost pets to ‘loose’ dogs that go home to irresponsible owners at night. People have been bitten and chased, as well. When will it become the ‘norm’ to take responsibility for your own animals? So sorry, Shreve.

  86. LeFiffre
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Do you remember how it was to read of the death of one of E.B. White’s wonderful animal characters?

    Yep. It’s like that.

    I hope Ricardo gave ’em goose hell before succumbing.

    As for remedies, I have to agree with Felyne, Bonnie, and Shelley — not out of revenge, but by way of justice should the pack return. Surely the dogs owner is aware of Mike’s very particular professional skill set, and will now take steps to save the dogs from themselves.

    The irony does not escape me, Shreve, that you, above all, have been the most responsible owner of Charlie who, as you’ve acknowledged, is a wild canine. That these domestics would do what your community was worried Charlie might…? And were Charlie guilty, wouldn’t there be a hunting party gathering this afternoon?

  87. Scotty
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    this hurts this really hurts

  88. Karyn
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Shitty Monday = understatement.

    Upside – Ricardo led a truly spectacular life, one we can all envy and admire. He will find a new herd in his new digs I’m sure!

    Blessings and love to you and the farmily.

  89. sybann
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    So sorry Shreve. Dogs allowed to roam in packs will almost always behave badly.

    We lost a 25 year-old siamese in this way. She was sunning in the garage – the door left open accidentally.

  90. Torchy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    Alas.

  91. Brandi
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. It is a comfort to know he was loved, and that the force of his presence touched so many.

  92. Ginny
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Loved the series of photos you did of him (“Are you looking????”). Wish animals could know how much joy they bring people, but I guess they’re just thinking about simpler stuff.

  93. Heather G
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Oh no Shreve! What a sad start to the week. Love to you and the farmily and, of course, to the special project cows who will miss their special friend.

  94. Claudia
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Love to you and the rest of the family

  95. MJ
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Ricardo lives on in all of the wonderful memories you have shared with us. Houdini is probably welcoming Ricardo as long times friends do when they discover that they are now reunited.

    My thoughts are with you, Mike, the cows and the rest of the farmily who are missing the Grand Gander.

    R.I.P. Ricardo.

  96. Annie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    My heart feels so heavy today. There will be a new star in the heavens tonight and its name is Ricardo.

  97. LN
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Aaaargh – that’s too sad news. So unjust. (I know about roaming dogs and sheep …)
    For some reason, just last night I watched the clip you once posted where Ricardo was drinking water:

    and also looked up the photo’s of Houdini … why was that …

  98. Linda
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    He was family! My heart dropped!

  99. pam
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    I am at work and can’t read all 98 comments :-) BUT I sure hope that some of them feel, as I do, that SOMEONE should be having a “talk” with the owners of the roving dogs!! Because I certainly would! I am soooo angry. An innocent animal killed by people’s stupidity and ignorance once again by letting dogs roam free.

  100. Kathy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Try explaining these tears to my co-workers. Ricardo was no ordinary goose. I will miss hearing of his antics & seeing pictures of him hangin’ with the cows. Thanks, Shreve, for sharing him with us.

  101. Anita Lowery
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    So sorry for Ricardo and the family he left behind who morn his loss. I lost a chicken last week to two dogs. I know how this feels. :(

  102. Matt Jurach
    August 29th, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    Your photos and words elevate so many facets of life and the end of life. But for your camera and keyboard the life and death of Ricardo the Goose would be known to so few.

    I try not to let your stories personalize in my head; I don’t think it helps me or you if I get angry about roaming dogs in a place I’ve never visited and can’t understand fully. Instead I try to let your stories expand my thoughts toward the people and animals I interact with here in my own life.

    But the occasional tears after reading your blog let me know that I don’t always succeed.

  103. rikku
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I’m sure Ricardo’s up there in the Big Meadow in the Sky, looking after Houdini and keeping a special watch on his cow buddies down below. Rest in peace, Sir Goose.

    Many, many hugs to you and the rest of the Farmily, Shreve. -hug-

  104. Kim
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    So very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet Ricardo……… RIP

  105. wright1
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Hail and farewell, Ricardo. Many will miss you and remember you.

  106. Kim
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    I can’t really think of anything to dsay that everyone else hasn’t already said. *hugs*

  107. M. V.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    My deepest sympathies to you and your farmily.

    I hope the owners are held responsible and if they are not charged with some offence at least be forced to work a couple hundred hours in an animal shelter or hospital. Preferably a place where they get a lot of mauled animals.

  108. Anna
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    My heart goes out to you, Mike and the entire Farmily. It is so hard to accept what could have been/should have been prevented, but for the lack of compassion and responsibility by other human beings. It’s a cruel reminder that we share this planet with too many people whose values are vastly different than our own.

    And what to do next is hard, too. My experience with dogs is: once a bird killer (chickens, geese, turkeys, whatever), always a bird killer. The ONLY remedy is to make sure they *never* encounter another bird. Are the dogs’ owners willing to accept that responsibility? If not, it may be time to talk to the sheriff. Where I come from, the law requires restitution to the owner who lost an animal, and potentially requires that the dog be put down if the sheriff isn’t convinced the dog owner will be fully responsible moving forward. It’s not easy to make a decision about someone else’s dog’s life — but, damn.

    I wish your grieving heart peace in the knowledge that Ricardo led a dignified goose life among creatures and humans who cared for him – it was a wonderful gift from you and Mike to him.

  109. belle
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    a couple of years ago, i had a kitty killed by a pack of dogs from across our road. he was laying in the sun – enjoying himself and they grabbed him, threw him around and ripped him up. i had to take him to the vet and have him put down. sad, sad day for me. he was such a love, i really miss him – died way too young. so sad, sad for you!! ricardo was hillarious – i enjoyed his pictures and your comments that brought him to life!!

  110. Joy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    With sincere sympathy to you and your farmily. I share the profound sense of loss Ricardo’s fans have expressed in his untimely death. I thought he was invincible.

  111. annbb
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    So sorry to hear this. It’s sad and, in this case, unnecessary. You all are in my thoughts.

  112. Jamie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    So sad to hear this.. My heart goes out to you! Like many others here, I loved reading posts about and seeing pictures of Ricardo. He had a big spirit. RIP, Ricardo!

  113. Jen
    August 29th, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that irresponsibility got the goose. Let’s hope for no more losses this year.

  114. Nathalie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    How heartbreaking. I’m so sorry for you and Ricardo. The lack of responsibility on the dog owner’s part makes it that much worse, than if it was a natural death for the cycle of life. On the verge of tears…

  115. Sandy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    OMG Iknow that we all share in your grief. Sorry for the violence he suffered.

  116. Miranda
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    What is the law going to do about this or are roving dogs tolerated there? Surely the owners should be cited and the dogs rounded up. So terribly sorry for your loss.

  117. Carol
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    So, so sorry Shreve, makes me feel sick in my stomach to think of that poor goose. Not such a great summer in the hills after all. I’ve lost many pets and it’s always so hard.

  118. Robyn
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Ricardo – I loved haering about his antics and seeing pics of him with the rest of your farmily. Rest in Peace Ricardo – you were loved.

  119. BethK
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and *honks* to you and the farmily.

  120. Sierra
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    How did you know I was having a bad Monday? My heart goes out to you and the rest of the farmily. Though he didn’t know it, Ricardo was loved by people all over the world. He will be remembered with love.

  121. Betsy in RI
    August 29th, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    That’s just wrong in so many ways.

    I’m so sorry, Shreve.

  122. Marg
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Once again in your hour of darkness, so many have reached out to give you support and hugs. You have been and are so blessed as we are blessed to share in your life moments, good and bad.

  123. Maggie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    So sorry :'( Poor guy. Love to you and the farmily. <3

  124. Olga
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    I’m really sorry and really sorry about the way it happened. It’s terrible he died but you always expect that kind of thing to happen from old age.

    Really sorry.

    Best wishes.

  125. Cait
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    Poor Ricardo! As a dog owner, I am angered beyond belief that people are so irresonsible with their animals! Those dogs need to be fenced and kept from roaming free. That’s the law. Stupid people not thinking of others…

    Ricardo will be at the Rainbow Bridge with Houdini, causing all kinds of trouble and rounding up random groups of angel cows who will be shocked to find themselves corraled by an angel goose…

    Sending you and Mike and the farmily love and prayers and thoughts of comfort…

  126. Leslie Husa
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Oh…that makes my heart hurt. I am so very sorry. God Bless :(

  127. Holly
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Shreve my heart is just broken for you and the entire farmily. Bless Ricardo, he has made us all laugh for so long and now has made us cry. Like Cait said in the earlier post, He will certainly be watching over and mingling with all of the other angels at the Rainbow Bridge. Godspeed Ricardo.

  128. Marva Felchlin
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    So sorry…tears…irresponsible dog owners…

  129. Beeg
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    alas poor Ricardo, he was an excellent character

  130. Erin
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    Oh no. :( I just went back and looked at the “look how handsome I am” post, what a character he was. Ricardo is more proof that all those people who say animals don’t have souls are wrong. Yes they do. Yes they do.

    RIP Ricardo. I wish you all the best in the Great Beyond.

  131. Sherry
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    NOOO! Not RICARDO! this is awful!! I hope those people feel like SHIT! why didn’t they control their dogs ?? What the HELL!???! oh my god, Shreve, I am so sorry. He was so special. Coolest goose who thinks he’s a cow EVER.

    Oh, I’m so so sad.

  132. CM Hooper
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    What a beautiful spirit he had. I know its soaring high….

  133. Jeanne
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Geez, I really hate Mondays like this one. So sorry for your loss. I just revisited older posts about Ricardo- such a handsome goose! R.I.P. Ricardo.

  134. Terry
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Ahh, Ricardo. You were king of the geese. And I WAS looking, every chance I got. RIP.

  135. Birdcage
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    In the heaven of my beliefs, there is a special place reserved for our winged friends.

  136. Jenny C
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    ‘Scuse the 2nd post; Ricardo was a 2-post kinda’ goose. I’m so grateful that you introduced Ricardo to us and gave us the gift of “knowing” and loving him, Shreve. He brought so many smiles and guffaws – boy, did he leave his mark through your words and pics. I’m also grateful for all of these posts. Better not to have to mourn at all, but mourning with virtual company makes it just a wee bit easier.

    Sherry – “Coolest goose who thinks he’s a cow EVER.” PERFECT eulogy!

    LeFiffre, I love it that you said: “I hope Ricardo gave ‘em goose hell before succumbing.”
    I was thinking the same thing.

    …And this was priceless:
    “Surely the dogs owner is aware of Mike’s very particular professional skill set, and will now take steps to save the dogs from themselves.” I LOVE dogs and all animals, but right now I’m worried about all the other smaller livestock in the area (now that the dog pack has the taste for blood) and have but one sentiment: lock and load.

    I can just see Ricardo arriving at his new destination, brushing the dog spit off his feathers and honking: “Well… THAT was unpleasant! Hey, Houdini! Got any cows up here?”

    God bless, darling goose.

  137. sue c
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    I looked at his pictures and said goodbye, Ricardo.
    Sad.
    You transmitted his character so clearly that we felt we knew him, loved him – without ever actually seeing him – or even being on his side of the Atlantic, in my case.
    Goodnight Ricardo, go well.

  138. Janey
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    Dear Shreve, I am so sorry for this immeasurable loss. Ricardo was a noble creature. I will always treasure the photo of him pontificating before the rapt bovines.

    Blessings to you and the Farmily.

  139. pam
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    2nd post also…I neglected to say how sorry I was for YOU, Mike, and all of Ricardo’s animal buddies.

    I am just too mad to think of niceties at this time and continue to worry 24/7 about all the other animals you have, with you or the ones left w/ Mike.

    It is times like this that I wished once again that I lived near Ten Sleep. It is time to teach those irresponsible owners a lesson.

    As I once said to another who made me quite unhappy,,,”Wait. What goes around ,comes around.” God is always watching.

  140. carmel
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    oh no, he didn’t have to go out this way…sorry to hear this.

  141. katie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    How horrible! I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure Ricardo will be deeply missed by all. Thanks for sharing him with us.

  142. Laurie G
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    I’m so sad, and I send my sympathy to you, Mike and all of Ricardo’s friends, both human and animal.

  143. Lindsay
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Condolences. Poor guy, suffering such a death. I pray for peace in this difficult time.

  144. ky in tucson
    August 29th, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    I cannot begin to imagine how you feel. I am thinking of the great lengths, expense and efforts you have made to protect Charlie and others from encounters with him that would be dangerous for him or other animals. Letting dogs run anywhere un- attended is just so irresponsible…. There are no nice words for these kind of folks. Ricardo was one of a kind and he’ll be missed. Blessed be.

  145. Katie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    Oh, this is just heartbreaking. I loved the last pictures you posted of him…”Look at how handsome I am…ARE YOU LOOKING?”

    After you posted that, anytime I needed a giggle I’d look at that post. Now I look at it, and just feel sad that such a stately and elegant animal had to suffer such a violent death.

    My thoughts go out to you and Mike…such a sad loss. :o(

  146. Eileen
    August 29th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. But all of these heartfelt comments are truly a show of how he touched so many lives with his silly antics.
    Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Sybann, so sorry for you too–I just lost my dog of 12 1/2 years and always had held a hope in my heart to have her here for 25.

  147. lenje
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    OH.MY.GOD. This isn’t a shitty Monday for me, but the news about Ricardo certainly ruins the whole day. RIP Ricardo :(((((((. I am truly beyond sad!!!! Hang in there, Shreve. (I need to hang in here myself).

  148. Marlene
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    Oh no! this really upset me..I am surprised as to how much I never met him…but so admired his ways…you made me feel like I knew him somehow..so sad how it ended..he is in a better place now…beautiful little spirit! I am sorry. Marlene in Cambria

  149. Gabriella
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    What a senseless death. This not only makes me sad it makes me so ANGRY!!! Why didn’t the dog owners watch their dogs? Now Ricardo is gone and for no reason, he was such a joyful creature and just wanted to be with his herd. I bet he will be missed not only by us but by the entire farmily, I wonder what they are thinking and feeling? Very sad day :o(

  150. Claire
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    I feel so bad. It’s sad he had to die that way. Richardo was a very special part of the family. He will be missed by many.

  151. Lisa
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    I know that he was a part of your family and that there is always a strange space, a gaping hole, that comes with loss of any kind. Especially when it’s inexplicable and sudden.

    I wish you many happy memories of Ricardo to help bring you some peace and laughter and reminders of love.

    I’m sorry for your loss.
    Lisa

  152. Dana
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    Such sad news, Shreve! So sorry for all of the Farmily and your loss. Thank you so much for sharing his antics with all of us… It is always so appreciated!

  153. Jude
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    The morons who own the dogs should be punished. Nothing will bring back that Gorgeous Goose. Thousands of us cried today because of irresponsible humans.

    Rest in peace, lovely Ricardo.

  154. Janet H.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    Like everyone else here I am so saddened to hear that Ricardo died such a violent and needless death. I’m sad for you, Mike and the other animals in the farmily who I”m sure will miss him in their own ways.

  155. Claire
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Richardo is getting things ready for everyone in the hereafter. The leader of the pack with Houdini. He is one very special goose and will be missed.

  156. Janet in Cambridge
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    I was so afraid something like this would happen to the wonderful Ricardo. RIP, sweet beautiful bumptious boy. You had the life any goose would envy and you were loved and you will not be forgotten. RIP, sweet little man.

  157. Ursula
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Awww….not Ricardo…that’s so sad. May he rest in peace.

  158. TT in MD
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Yep, that pretty much sealed the day :(
    I’m so sorry to hear this. Here’s to the happiness and laughs that Ricardo gave us!

  159. Frannie
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Dammit. I just last week told two friends about you and the farmily and, of course, described Ricardo. This really makes me feel sad.

  160. yokelyorker
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    Sad news – connected to a goose – we are all connected.
    Tough enough what love will do.

    Sad news – disconnected from the truth – we are crazy.
    Paying taxes to bomb geese we never knew in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia etc…Harder than a heartbreak too.

  161. Crafty Lemon
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about Ricardo. He was one cool goose.

  162. montanarose
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    That Ricardo was one fine honkin’ goose! R.I.P., Senor Ricardo.

  163. Lyn
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    Shreve, I am so sorry for your loss. Where I live, roaming packs of dogs are shot on sight by game wardens because the dogs will attack any animal they can. Poor Ricardo probably is not the first victim of these dogs and he will not be their last.

    A .30-06 should do nicely.

    As for their owners…I would bet this is not the first problem they’ve caused either.

  164. joods
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Ricardo thank you for the smiles. You didn’t deserve that ending…no one does.
    Rest in peace dear one.

  165. Kimberly
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear of Ricardo’s passing. He will be greatly missed…

  166. Birdy
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    My Monday has been amazing. My new boss is turning out to be rather nice but I didn’t spend most of my day with her… I spent it with my favorite co-worker! I had birthday cake to celebrate another co-worker’s birthday and a yummy lunch. I rode my bike into work this morning, which was a first and the ride was so amazing and refreshing, I was full of energy even though I didn’t sleep too well the night before. When it came time for me to leave, we were really busy so I stayed a bit late. Hopping on to my bike, I realized I had to turn in a pilates DVD at the library. So I rode to the library! And when I got done, I decided that I really wanted to visit with my fiance instead of waiting an hour for him to get home… so I rode my bike 6 miles to his work to say hi! I made it there about 10 minutes before he left. Luckily, my bike rack was in the back of my car so we loaded up my bike and the two of us drove home. When we got home, I made up some yummy stroganoff and had dinner with my fiance and his mother. After some light conversation and serendipity ice cream, I curled up in bed and watched anime on my phone for a while. I just not got on my computer to check on my classes’ discussion boards and hopped to Honey Rock Dawn to see this post.

    I half didn’t want to read it… but I knew instantly someone died. Someone who was a major player but not a main character. I think that while Ricardo will be missed and there is sadness in his passing, my light-hearted day almost feels like a tribute to him.

    Thank you, Ricardo for your great goosieness. I’ll miss you but more than that I will treasure your memory.

  167. Susan
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    A shitty day indeed. Poor handsome Ricardo!

    My deepest condolences to the farmily, and all who were affected by this tragedy.

    Hey everyone, how about tomorrow morning on the way to work, honk your horn (if you drive).

    Honk if you love Ricardo!

    The owners of the dogs should be locked in a room and made to read these posts and look at Ricardo’s pictures.

  168. Deborah
    August 29th, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Life is beautiful. Life is dangerous.
    Ricardo, you were the beauty.
    I’m so sorry and sad that your life ended the way it did.
    Rest in peace, sweetness!

  169. Lesley
    August 29th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    I am so sad this has happened. It’s a senseless death. (Damn people who don’t leash their domesticated animals. FRACK!)

    Ricardo was lovely and I imagine all of his friends are missing him terribly. The Farmily won’t be the same without him.

  170. Danielle
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Ricardo. He was a very special goose, who had much love at home and clearly many admirers from afar. I hope your treasured memories will help lighten your heart during this sad time.

  171. Gertrud Stockton
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    Dear Shreve and Mike. there are no words. If you were home, flowers might help. But I am sure they won’t deliver on the mountain. Know I am thinking of you.Love

  172. Kate
    August 30th, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    Oh, I loved hearing about Ricardo. I know wherever he is he’s happy but it’s hard for everyone left behind.
    I’m sending love and light from New Zealand. I hope you’re all doing okay.

  173. Katbalu
    August 30th, 2011 @ 5:43 am

    I’m so sorry you have lost a member of your “farmily”. I so enjoyed the pictures and stories of Ricardo. What a goose he was!!!!

  174. Andrea
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    Oh I’m so sorry. :( I loved the Ricardo story and I know he’ll be greatly missed by all those that “knew” him.

  175. Theresa
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    Yes, the little white knight, furry friend, will be missed by those of us who never even knew the touch of the soft, downy feathers. Yes, too, waiting on the Rainbow Bridge.

  176. Holly
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    I am saddened to hear such grave news. I liked Ricardo. Who else can say that they had a goose who walked among the cows.
    R.I.P Ricardo..

  177. kar
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    I’m so sorry Shreve, Ricardo was a special guy. I know that you’ll miss him as will his many, many online admirers.

  178. Evan
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    That’s sad…Ricardo was such a delightful character.

  179. JoDi
    August 30th, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    I read this late last night and fell asleep reading all the comments. This morning I re-read “Ricardo’s Story” in the archives, and it made me even sadder to know he’s gone. I can picture him valiantly fighting to protect his herd, and I know he “gave ’em goose hell” as someone else commented.

    I’m so sorry he won’t be entertaining you and the cows with his antics any longer. I think he deserves his own category in the sidebar as a tribute!

  180. Nancey
    August 30th, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Why is it that you guys can be responsible enough to keep a coyote from hurting anything or anyone and those idiot neighbors couldn’t keep their dogs from doing the same. Horrible, I loved Ricardo! So sorry Shreve for your loss.

  181. Liane
    August 30th, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Heartbroken too…so sorry Shreve, Mike and the rest of the farmily. RIP sweet, funny Ricardo.

  182. Elisabeth
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    No…. .. . ..!

  183. Emily
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Sorry Shreve, so sad that his life ended the way it did. At least he will be remembered for his antics that made us all laugh and giggle. You, Mike, and the Farmily are in my thoughts!

  184. Heidi
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Sad….. Ricardo’s “I’m so handsome” series has always been one of my all time favorites!

  185. Steph in Oregon
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    I am so sorry, Shreve and Mike.
    Ricardo held a special place in the hearts of many. A true example of living life by your own rules.

    I have learned much from the lessons taught in the school of the animal world. Ricardo was one fine teacher.

    Ricardo, you have left this world, but I’m quite sure you are ruling another domain.

  186. Steph in Oregon
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    I guess the above post wasn’t enough. I’m so sad and frustrated.
    Shitgoddamnitgotohell.
    (When I was a littl kid and frustrated by the many things that were out of my contro I would swear and cry).

  187. Siobhan McCormick
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    RIP Ricardo. Such sad news. Hugs to you and the farmily.

  188. SDC
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Poor old Ricardo, so sorry to hear about him. Why is it that the good pet owners are the ones who suffer from the negligence of shitty pet owners. Sorry, not nice I guess. Just sad.

  189. Di
    August 30th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    Such a loss!! I’m sure your heart is heavy and aching with the loss of such an incredible creature.
    Maybe you should do a tribute calendar to Ricardo, he left such a lasting impression on so so many people.

    RIP Ricardo, You were one fine distinquished goose.

  190. MCJ
    August 30th, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Heart = broken.

    That handsome boy will have all the heifers in heaven fawning over him.

  191. MCJ
    August 30th, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    also: how are Project cows handling it?

  192. Janine
    August 30th, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    What a wonderful spirit. RIP Ricardo

  193. Julie
    August 30th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Shreve. So many have said it well, and I agree with all who expressed sadness. It is senseless, deaths such as these.
    Will you seek out a meeting with the owners of the dogs? To see if there can be a preventative type of fix for a possible “next time?” I agree that packs of dogs will probably not kill once, and then stop. If you do go this route, I hope you post the results so those of us who seek resolution to a tragedy such as this one, can rest easy (er).
    I hope you do not lock and load on the dogs. It is not their fault, prey drive and all. I understand the sentiment behind this, but revenge/justice such as this will not bring you peace. You know that. And it could bring heaps of unrest for you and your Charlie boy, being what he is, and what the public perception of his potential actions could be.
    I would instead choose, purposely, to delight in the life and love that Ricardo brought you, and was. I very much enjoyed reading about him, and seeing the wonderful photos you posted of him.

  194. Kelley
    August 30th, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Oh, Shreve. I am so sorry. And, while I totally agree with Julie, and feel sure you will keep Ricardo’s memory always as a blessing, I also know that, sadly, those dogs are going to have to be put down. While on some level it isn’t the dog’s fault, it is the dog who ultimately has to pay for an owner’s stupid selfishness. And once they get used to doing such things, which are on some level basic behavior, they really don’t stop. We have the same thing going on here with HORRIBLE cow mutilations, etc. One set of dogs got shot after almost killing, and certainly “ruining” three cows. Another pair that lives up by us? Killed two cows and the owners were non-responsive to say the least. We let them know, through the grapevine, that WE’D deal with their dogs immediately the next time they ran on the property we live on which is next to theirs. So far that has worked. Awful. We here all send our heartfelt condolences to you.

  195. Nancy
    August 30th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    In Ricardo’s honor, I made a donation to savegeese.com, an organization whose volunteers rescue abandoned pet geese. I love Di’s idea of a calendar also. I’m still so upset over this. My condolences to you, Mike and the farmily

    Nancy

  196. Deanna
    August 30th, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Oh no! This is crushing. To think it could have been avoided. This makes me so mad and so sad.

  197. Holly
    August 30th, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Such sad news! He was a most charming member of your farmily. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  198. Theresa Szpila
    August 30th, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Oh, NO!!!!! Oh, Shreve, I am so deeply saddened to hear of Ricardo’s passing, and in such a horrid way. I can only hope he died instantly without even realizing he was under attack. I am just heartbroken and can only imagine how devastated you must be. May your memories of Ricardo give you strength and sustain you in your loss.

    Sending hugs and blessings, and deepest condolences,
    Theresa

  199. Marisol
    August 30th, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Ricardo. My condolences. I am sure, Ricardo was welcome to critter heaven by my own Furchildren. If Ricardo, Is anything like my guys… They will be getting kicked out of critter heaven pretty soon. RIP Ricardo.

  200. Wendi
    August 30th, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    May the happy memories of Ricardo live on

  201. Tricia
    August 30th, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    I’m late to the conversation, but I have to post anyway & add my condolences.

    The circumstances make me furious and make me cry.

    I hope that the owners of the dogs responsible for this have been made aware of the situation & will respond with compassion & not defiance.

  202. Sara
    August 30th, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ricardo. I always enjoyed your entries about him. I have a soft spot for creatures who refuse to conform to society’s demands that they keep to their own kind. :) I will miss reading about Ricardo and his cows. My condolences.

  203. Karen
    August 30th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Shreve, thank you for sharing Ricardo with your readers– I, for one, was thrilled when you would have a story and picture of that kookie goose! I’m so sorry for your loss, and hope the Project Cows don’t miss him terribly.

  204. Flame
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. We had a pair of geese for awhile. We were looking for a nice farm for them to call home (they showed up at our home one night during a thunderstorm) and one of them was attacked by a raccoon (we think). He was badly injured and we had to end his suffering. He was a really neat bird… I imagine he was just as entertaining as Ricardo was for you. We felt so bad for the female once he was gone, but we luckily found a farm for her that was full of rescued farm animals where she had plenty of other geese to keep her company.

  205. Lisa
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    My mouth dropped open! I am so sorry for your loss. Ricardo knew how much he was loved by you and the cows. I loved reading about his adventures and loved his pictures. I am so sorry.

  206. Alyson
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    I read this lsat night, after the power came back on after Hurricane Irene, and I was just too shocked and saddened to reply right away. I am so sorry for your loss, and the farmily’s. One would hope that, in a town and a part of the country where one’s animals are so important to them, on several levels, that people would be more understanding, respectful, and careful, with their own animals and those of others. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. Rest in peace, Ricardo.

  207. PatH
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I’m sure Ricardo was the majestic prince of the barnyard and fields! I enjoyed his “attitude” through the captivating photo’s and found myself in tears at the news of his passing. What a wonderful environment Mike created for the Project Cows, very touching and inspiring. Blessings sweet Ricardo, may you rest in peace…

  208. TomT
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Wow… that IS sad news. He seemed to have so much character.

  209. jules
    August 30th, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Ricardo was one of my favorites…sorry
    Shreve…..dogs should not be allowed to roam
    and kill and owners should be held responsible
    and fined….

  210. Karen
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    I haven’t read all the comments that went before me, so I expect I’m repeating things… but I’m so sorry! Ricardo was such a larger-than-life character, it’s so sad that he can be wiped out in one doggy adventure. I really hope you and Mike get some compensation from the dog owners. It won’t bring back Ricardo, but it might make them think about letting the dogs out at night.

    I lost a cat to an exuberant dog (I don’t blame the dog though, he was in his own yard, I’d not completely proofed my yard against cat escape as I’d thought).

  211. CatScott
    August 30th, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Oh Ricardo, how I will miss you. My sincerest condolences to you and the farmily.

    Sad.

  212. leah
    August 30th, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    *hissssssssssssssssssssssssssssss* I’m going to miss that glamorous goose, even though we never physically met. So sorry for the loss of your friend.

  213. Colleen
    August 30th, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Awww. So sorry for this loss.

    But man, that goose had a great life!

  214. Laney
    August 30th, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Well, shit.

    That sucks.

  215. emdot
    August 30th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    This is really sad news. Ricardo — what a character. A lovely little clown of a goose. Shreve — I rarely comment but I read all your posts. I love reading about your life out in the country with your farmily. I’m really sad about Ricardo. Best thoughts sent to you and yours.

  216. Claudia
    August 31st, 2011 @ 2:56 am

    So sad that it hurts my heart.
    He brought a lot of joy to the animals and to us.
    He is a star that continues to shine bright.

  217. jackie
    August 31st, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    I’ve got dogs that would do this too, but that is why they don’t rome free if there off my land they are on a leash and they cant get off are land with out me can do much about the animal that come on to are property I hope Mike and maybe a few others are going to have a talk with these people about controlling there animals

  218. Bobbbie
    August 31st, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    Just read the heartbreaking news. So so very very sad to hear this!!!! Hoping that the happy memories heal your heart!

  219. Mamba1-0
    August 31st, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Well, hell! A thoroughly crappy week just got crappier.
    I am really sorry to hear about this; and am sad for your loss. Losing a family member like that is always bad.
    I really liked ol’ Ricardo; and enjoyed reading about him. I’m gonna miss that goose.

    Things like this are why my dogs are either behind a fence or on a leash. They never get to run wild through a neighborhood. Too many people out here have chickens and smaller livestock – which are too tempting targets for even the best-behaved dogs when they get caught up in the “pack mentality”.
    The fault for this can be laid directly at the feet of the dogs’ owners. And when the dogs get shot for doing it again – that, too, will be the fault of their owners.
    I take in too many dumped and abused dogs to have any sympathy for irresponsible dog owners.

    (btw; What is Mike’s “personal professional skill set” that I keep reading about?)

  220. Pat D.
    August 31st, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Aw, that’s bad news. Sorry to hear about Ricardo. Dogs and domestic fowl are a lousy combination, unfortuantely. “Nature is red in tooth and claw…”

    We used to have some wild geese in our neighbor-hood that flocked in an empty field now being built over by a light-rail track. Last year, one mama goose had several goslings. I came home one afternoon to find goose feathers everywhere on the sidewalk and street, and at least two goslings flattened in the street, presumably by work trucks.
    Sigh…

  221. Anne Shines
    August 31st, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Ricardo was by far the most handsome goose I’ve ever seen or known.

    His personal character I will never forget.

  222. irol
    August 31st, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Can’t believe the tears won’t subside. Peace.

  223. mlaiuppa
    August 31st, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    OH, how very sad. Ricardo was so special.

    Roving dogs. Who have owners. Owners who are obviously not very responsible people. I hope someone takes the time to talk to these people about their responsibility.

    It could be one day their dogs won’t come home because they’ve been mistaken for coyotes and shot. I understand that can happen in Wyoming which is why Charlie is protected by fences.

    Rest in Peace Ricardo. You were a helluva goose. And the Goose Group will live on in your memory.

  224. Rose
    August 31st, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    So sorry, I hope Ricardo was able to bite someone before he was killed.

    The issue will be what happens in the future. I hope that the dogs will be restrained, and not be loose to kill again.

  225. Sarah
    August 31st, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I am so sad to hear that! Such a horrible way for him to go, ugh!! He always brought a smile to my face! He will be missed by many. Such a special goose.

  226. Rhea
    August 31st, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Oh Shreve,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. My sincerest condolences to you, Mike and the farmily.
    (((hugs)))

  227. Ellen
    August 31st, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Shreve, I am SO sorry to hear that Ricardo is no longer with us. It topped off an extraordinarily shitty day for me. I had just read your post, and a colleague walked into my office, and said “What’s wrong? Your face is bright red!” It was hard to explain that I was mourning for a goose I’d never met. But I DO MOURN. And so many others do. He was an awesome goose, and thanks for giving us a glimpse into his awesome (before Monday) life!

  228. Tatiana
    August 31st, 2011 @ 9:10 pm
  229. Tatiana
    August 31st, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    Well that failed… pained look… so sorry.

  230. marm
    August 31st, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Oh Ricardo, how we’ll miss you. Bless your wonderful little goosey heart.

  231. Karen J
    September 1st, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    So sad….You’ll be missed, Ricardo!

  232. Laura
    September 1st, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    MAMba1-0 read Shreves book and you will find out what Mikes “personal professional skill set”.

  233. Mary C.
    September 1st, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    So sorry for Ricardo’s passing. From the number of comments, there is a large circle of love lifting to wish him a great time on the other side.

  234. heather em
    September 1st, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Oh no! Shreve, i’m so sorry for the sad news. :( i will always remember his mighty beak knob and sage countenance!

  235. christina
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    I am sorry for your loss. Ricardo was truly special and will be missed by many of us.

  236. Paige
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    Oh my god…No! Heartbreaking…Seriously, painfully heart broken…

  237. Lila
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    I don’t know how to tell you how sad I am for your loss. I am so sorry.

  238. Crazy Princess
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    Shreve, I am so sorry. I can’t believe this. Ricardo was a one in a million goose and I loved hearing about his antics. To have him die in such a horrible way is herat breaking. I hope you follow up on this and tell us if the owners of the pack of dogs are held responsible in any way. Doesn’t quite seem fair they should be allowed to let their dogs run free when you are always so careful and responsible with Charlie.

    Rest in peace you brilliantly feathered boy.

  239. Preesi
    September 5th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    OMG how awful Shreve!

    Im sorry for your loss

  240. Susan
    September 6th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    He Truly had a special purpose on Earth. May you fly with the angels sweet Ricardo!

  241. Kimberly
    September 8th, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Just read your post…sorry for the delay.
    He was a special goose. I shall miss seeing his pictures and hearing about his antics.

  242. Trisha
    September 25th, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    I’m catching up on your life and was so saddened by the news of Ricardo. It brings tears to my eyes but I am so happy for the past several years he had with you and the farmily. He was a fortunate and loved goose who made so many smile. Bless his silly goose heart for bringing such joy to so many.

  243. QT
    September 29th, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    As a former ‘mom’ to many ducks and geese, my condolences. He certainly was handsome and seemed so content. Ganders (in my experience)seem to “bond” quite well with other species.

    Godspeed, Ricardo.

  244. Angie
    October 19th, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    I get really upset about roving dogs sometimes :(

  245. Steph Stewart
    October 21st, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi Shreve, Was just catchin up on your Summer when I came to this post. Dammit, I’m sorry. Ricardo put many a smile on my face many, many times.

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