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Hotel welcomes goose guest

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Florida hotel made an exception to its usual dogs-and-cats-only pets policy for a well-behaved goose.

Jennifer Thomas, 38, of Roanoke, Va., said The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores allowed her goose, Gabby, to stay due to her good behavior and cleanliness, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Monday.

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"She's just like having a 2-year-old all the time," Thomas said of the diapered water fowl. "She's affectionate and gets into stuff."

Thomas said her 4-year-old water fowl is the only one of her family's pets -- which also include a dog, three parrots and a chinchilla -- to come along on vacations.

"Normally, we only take in dogs or cats. We do prefer domestic pets. But Gabby's grandfathered in," said Susan Keaveney, a hotel spokeswoman. "Everyone here knows Gabby ... and you can see our guests love it."

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