A goose a day keeps the doctor away - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

A goose a day keeps the doctor away

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

When Paul "The Gooseman" Messerschmidt was diagnosed with a terminal lung disease, his doctor gave him a prescription to walk every day.

"They gave me about a year to live," said Messerschmidt.

Paul found a unique way to follow doctor's orders.

His family wasn't willing to walk with him, so Messerschmidt started walking with a gaggle of baby geese.

Little by little Paul taught the geese how to obey his commands. Don't worry his geese do not bite, but they will gladly accept tips if it's Mountain Dew or Oreos.

"I started teaching them like preschoolers. When you go to preschool you can't push, shove, poke or pinch anybody," said Messerschmidt.

Now, 200 pounds lighter, Messerschmidt is known as "The Gooseman" and the geese have grown up into his "dirty dozen" - the most talented, and certainly the best-dressed puddle jumpers on the South Plains.

The Gooseman and his feathered family are entertaining fairgoers as part of a free exhibit at the Panhandle South Plains Fair.

Paul and his geese are out there every day, fighting his disease step by step.

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