The security team at the Montreal airport has a new addition. Eight-week-old Goose made his public debut on the YUL Aéroport International Montréal-Trudeau social media pages. On LinkedIn, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) explains that the floppy-eared pupper has "[begun] his YUL socialization classes with his master" ahead of formal training that will begin when he reaches 18 months of age. "We are proud to welcome Goose to our k9 unit!"
His soft belly and oversized paws will surely be an asset to the security team at the airport. "The k9 unit and their masters have the very honourable task of ensuring passenger safety every day."
Though it appears Goose — a very good boy — stood obediently for his photoshoot, it's clear he still has a lot to learn, a single ear tossed onto his head perhaps betraying an earlier, confused head tilt.
Despite his rookie status, adoring fans still flooded comments under the post to share their good wishes.
"On a tous craqué pour Goose! 😍🐕" ("We've all fallen for Goose!"), the official YUL account wrote in response to one admirer.
The puppy joins an elite squad of German Shepherds, including this proud colleague who even earned an accolade.
The dogs "work with the Airport Patrol to ensure the safety of passengers," according to the YUL website.
"They should not be confused with the dogs of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)" whose "role is to detect illegal food, large amounts of cash, and drugs."
"The canine unit is responsible for protecting facilities, aircrafts, and passengers. You may even have seen them in action during one of their exercises."
YUL is also home to a team of 30 dogs who "roam around the terminal, offering moments of companionship to travellers who can admire the animals and speak with their handlers," according to a 2018 press release.
"Called YUL Pet Squad, this initiative is greatly appreciated by passengers who may be somewhat nervous or anxious in an airport environment."
Though tempting, however, visitors should refrain from interacting with Goose if they see him. He has a very important job and needs to focus.
MTL Blog has reached out to Aéroports de Montréal for more information on its k9 unit and Goose's training. We will update this article when we get a response.