A German Shepherd named Rex was so aggressive that his handlers debated putting him down before he came to Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue in Somerset, England eight years ago.

Over time and with training, Rex calmed down a bit, the Western Daily Press reported -- but he wasn't completely rehabilitated until three months ago, when he met a goose named Geraldine.

With Geraldine by his side, 11-year-old Rex went from dangerous to mellow, according to the Daily Press. Workers originally worried that he might hurt Geraldine, but instead he showered her with kisses.

“It’s so comical to see them," Sheila Brislin, of the Rescue, told the paper, "because they love each other to bits."

Puriton Horse and Animal Rescue takes in horses, dogs and other farm animals that need to find new homes, according to its website.

Before they took Rex in, he was found chained up in a scrapyard, SWNS reported. He'd also bitten handlers at a previous shelter. But the Rescue and Geraldine have changed his demeanor.

“At first we thought he was chasing her and they were fighting about who was boss, but she stood up for herself and that was that," Brislin told SWNS. "They just fell for each other."

Responses to "Goose's Gentle Touch Turns Aggressive German Shepherd Into Playful Dog (PHOTOS)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    He is looking old and set in his ways. Gotta love them both.

  2. Fili says:

    That is so sweet.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Love has no bounds.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes an act of kindness is all ya need!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love knows no bounds :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    love is universally powerful through inter species

  7. Anonymous says:

    All he needed was a loving friend to calm the aggressiveness! We all need a friend!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Not a "love-story" at all, just the dog finds out no use it getting attaced by a though goose, so it decide to let the goose win and be the boss, simple as that!

  9. Tanja says:

    Anonymous, you can't read animals. You are so stuck in your rational thinking, that you aren't able to see with your heart. My compassion for your loss of soul.

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