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07-27-10, 08:30 AM #1
Of all the things for me to find in my back yard...
So I'm rudely awoken yesterday afternoon by my dog raising hell outside my window. She's using her 'tattletale' bark, which she does when one of the cats is being naughty - generally by slaughtering some other animal. I grab my robe, and my hubby who was in the living room, and we head outside. He beats me by about three seconds because I didn't jump off the back porch, being mostly still asleep and not fond of broken legs. "Well," he says, "this is unusual." I turn the corner and what before my bewildered and sleep encrusted eyes should appear, but a mallard. Yep, a duck was sitting under my bedroom window, beside the back porch, being called a weirdo by my dog. We stuck the dog inside, and using the "you come in from this way, I'll get him from that way" we shortly had in custody one mallard drake.
He seemed in fine health (if a bit dirty) if anything grateful to be away from the dog, although the glowing eyes in the pic now give me pause.
After a short deliberation, we decided to sneak him into the city's botanical garden where he can be happy with the existing mallard flock there. The duck pond is kept stocked with nesting boxes, food, etc etc and the ducks are free to come and go as they please. For all I know that's where he came from, it's less than two miles from my house.
He took to it like a duck to wa... yeah. That.
07-27-10, 08:35 AM #2
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07-27-10, 11:02 AM #4
Excellent work with your duck relocation program!
07-27-10, 11:55 AM #5
nice save Ducky!
07-27-10, 01:05 PM #6
I don't know....maybe you should have eaten it instead....with the mango salsa!CHIRP! CHIRP!
07-27-10, 01:09 PM #7
07-27-10, 01:38 PM #8
Lucky it wasn't this fella.
07-27-10, 01:40 PM #9
07-27-10, 01:48 PM #10
Nice save!Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
07-27-10, 03:27 PM #11SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
07-27-10, 03:30 PM #12
On the upshot I'd never have to worry about my dog again. She'd either be irretrievable via digestion, learned to climb trees, or would never, ever bark at anything ever again. Burglars would be so passe after this guy.
07-27-10, 06:04 PM #13
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07-28-10, 09:35 PM #17
And to make the story more perfect, I got three new foster kittens today. The names that came with them, no lie, are Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Yes boys and girls, duck names.
07-29-10, 06:06 PM #18INCUSTODY1015
"You know what makes me sad.... YOU DO!!! MAYBE WE SHOULD CHUG ON OVER TO MAMBE PAMBE LAND WHERE MAYBE WE COULD FIND SOME SELF-CONFIDENCE FOR YOU, YOU JACK WAGON" R. Lee Ermy (geico commercial)
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08-05-10, 02:07 AM #20THE five-ohVerified LEO
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My parents have 3 pet ducks. Used to have geese too. Good animals to hang with.
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