Gus, a 4-month-old Canada goose, helps cut the grass, visits the neighbors and sometimes flies after the school bus.

"He's the original party animal," says Bill Carson of Arrington, Tenn., who adopted Gus from friends who hatched the goose on their water heater.Gus will accompany anyone on a walk to get the newspaper. He helps mow the grass by eating clippings sprayed from the mower and sometimes chases the school bus when his friend 11, leaves in the morning.

Content to live with humans, Gus ignores a large flock of Canada geese living in a small lake in Carson's back yard. He also ignores a domestic gray goose who passes the day staring at his reflection in the shiny chrome bumper of Carson's truck.