Meet Cheyenne’s goose dog, Flo
Cheyenne is on its fourth year with a special four-legged member of the team. Flo the goose dog starts her day at 6:30 a.m. as she tries to keep geese out of local parks and off of golf courses.
“There’s no geese here anymore,” said her handler Brandon Peterson, Cheyenne Parks Supervisor. “Geese will stop in but we try to keep them moving through on their natural migration.”
Flo was purchased for $6,000 and Peterson says she has saved the city an estimated $9,000 annually and is always ready to chase the next bird. Peterson added that the New England Patriots team just hired their own goose dog they call “The Goodest Boyd.”
“She likes to give hugs, but she’s also rearing to go,” said Peterson. “Right now I think she’s probably looking to see where the geese are. Looks like there’s some Cormorants out in the pond but yeah, she’s always willing to work.”
Peterson says when Flo isn’t working, she enjoys playing with his other dogs and two little girls. After Cheyenne Frontier Days and into December are Flo’s busiest months because of the migration patterns. Before purchasing Flo, Peterson says the department tried spraying chemicals on grass to deter geese from eating it and set up coyote decoys.