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What's Good For The Goose Isn't Good For The Golfer: Dog Chases Geese From Spokane Golf Course

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tired of walking through the mess geese leave behind, the superintendent of a Spokane golf course turned to his best friend for help. Tim Ansett turned to Nelson the dog to scare away birds before the geese nest each spring.

For 7 years, the border collie has roamed (and sprinted) the fairways of Manito Golf and Country Club. And for 7 years, geese have gone flying.

"Before Nelson was here, we might have times where there were twenty, thirty, forty geese here," said Ansett as roamed the nearly goose-free fairways on Friday afternoon.

"The joke is a lot of the members know my name, but everyone knows Nelson's name," he said.

Manito Golf Course and Country Club is one of several courses relying on dogs to keep their parks clean. The dogs are affordable and effective in repelling geese. Nelson works for fun (and all the pine cones he can eat), according to Ansett.

The club has tried various chemical sprays and sonar frequencies to scare the geese away, but nothing seemed to work.

Ansett adopted the dog 7 years ago and has brining him to work ever since.

"Those few days that I don't bring him he's a little worried that he might get left behind, so he gets antsy in the morning and follows me around the house," he said.

Nelson has been featured in several club newsletters and the Spokesman Review newspaper.

"I'm a little worried the fame is going Nelson's head," said Ansett.  "He doesn't like being in the laundry room anymore, and he asked for sunglasses the other day."

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