Hi Ed. Cute avatar.
About the goose being picked up. Our "Christmas" which is our grey toulouse loves to be cuddled. She likes it when I pick her up and nuzzle with her but would get fussy when my hubby would try but she loves him dearly. I finally realized why she got fussy with him. He was not giving her feet a base when he picked her up. I showed him how to cup his hand under her feet so she felt she was standing and also how to keep her body level. He was just holding her wrong. Now she loves to be picked up by him now that he got the hang of doing it right.
So you might check on how you're holding him.
Ill have to try that out and see if it works. He comes up to ya and likes to rub his neck all over your legs well making all kinds of noise, I bend down and give him hugs and he follows me everywhere. Its nice in some ways but then in some ways its not, sometimes he gets in the way, but I love him anyways.......Thanks...........ed