For several years, a Canada goose has made the 3 Vets parking lot on Yukon Street his home away from home, becoming a neighbourhood celebrity in the process.
Keith Wolfman, co-owner of 3 Vets, says geese have frequented the parking lot of his outdoor store since the late 1960s when he and his brother first started working at the family business.
The current goose wanders the parking lot and adjacent sidewalks looking for food and watching traffic while his mate tends to the nest atop a nearby building.
Over the years, development and densification in the neighbourhood have disrupted nesting habits of geese, and the parking lot is one of the few safe, wide-open spaces for this gander to “chill out and hang,” according to Wolfman.
Wolfman and his co-workers have also come up with a nickname for the pair of geese: Grey and Goose. In true celebrity couple fashion, the combined name of the two becomes “Grey Goose,” which is also the brand of vodka Wolfman says he and his employees like to partake in after a long day at work.