The odd couple …
25/08/2011 § 4 Comments
Flora, my day-old rescued duckling is now 16 weeks old. She’s quite vocal and whenever I appear I’m greeted by a loud quacking!
I’m followed up and down the garden every time I hang out the washing or pick up windfall apples. She’s a great pet, although not a cuddly one! She waddles down the garden each night and up the ramp into her nest box, safe from foxes, and without the need to be picked up. I am, however, not her favourite companion.
She’s struck up a firm friendship with our youngest border collie, Bluebell, who spends hours each day with Flora.
The other evening, there were 5 of us (humans) around the patio table having dinner plus 2 collies and a duck! I love family dinners!
Mistletoe lurked under the table – for those who know her she’s – there’s no nice way to put this – completely nuts!
She came to us from a rescue centre, as a pup, and is the most affectionate dog I’ve ever had. However, she relies totally on instinct and is mistrustful of everyone else on the planet, except her immediate family and Auntie Beti! You have to work hard to earn Misty’s love & trust.
Bluebell – Belle for short – came from a farm in Llandeilo and is obviously from working stock. She’s obedient and more placid than Misty. She’s my constant companion in the house and frequently my large sewing projects are draped over her as she sleeps by my feet!
This summer, she has divided her leisure time between me and the duck!
I find the relationship between these two black & white creatures quite fascinating. They have food together (separate dishes & menus); they spend hours each day together without a cross word (or quack); and when the collies go out for their exercise Flora gets quite upset and waddles off back to the pond to await Belle’s return.
They truly are, an odd couple!