Dog and Duck Talk

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The odd couple that found each other.

  • Like an old married couple, they jump on each when together and yearn for each other when apart
  • Barclay loves to sniff a little duck butt
  • Rudy shares duck chow with Barclay
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Pam Ishiguro has a flock of seven ducks and two dogs. Two of them have forged an unlikely bond – Pekin duck Rudy and golden retriever Barclay.

According to the owner, the odd couple has a love-hate relationship. One chases or jumps on the other when they are together but they always call for each other when they are apart!

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“Barclay loves to eat duck chow – actually he just likes to eat and knows there’s always food in the coop, so whenever he gets a chance, he’ll sneak into the coop and eat their food,” Ishiguro said.

“He also likes to drink their bath water and, if he happens to be stealthy enough, he loves to sniff a little duck butt!”

But the relationship wasn’t always so friendly. Barclay wouldn’t even look at the ducks when they were young.

The other dog in the family, Izzy, has never been on very cordial terms with the ducks. The chihuahua and terrier cross would stalk the ducklings.

“That all changed when the ducklings grew up and became larger in size than Izzy. It only took one time for the ducks to chase Izzy to get the message across. Now Izzy is pretty well afraid of the ducks,” said Ishiguro.

Being the alpha duck of the flock, Rudy used to enjoy chasing Barclay away whenever he tried to approach any of the ducks in the flock.

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“Just recently, however, Barclay has decided that he’s no longer afraid of the ducks, or perhaps the appeal of getting a bite of their food is so strong that it’s given him more courage,” Ishiguro said.

That was the beginning of their unusual relationship.

Pam Ishiguro/Bancroft Images
Pam Ishiguro/Bancroft Images

“Now Rudy has to ‘claim’ Barclay every once in a while by climbing on top of him. Barclay doesn’t seem to mind terribly because that gives him the opportunity to sniff Rudy’s butt – win-win!” said Ishiguro, who lives in Orange County, California.

Although the pair has a few conflicts, four-year-old Rudy and Barclay spend as much time cuddled up as possible.

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“Rudy is our official toe biter if anyone gets too close. The other ducks know that Barclay is his best friend, if anyone gets too close they better watch out, Rudy will attack without warning,” said Ishiguro.

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“Rudy and Barclay need each other – I think that’s why they have such a strong bond, they’re like the oddballs on the playground. No one else will play with them, so lucky for them, they found each other.”

A gay and queer couple indeed. Lest your mind wanders, we mean happy and strange.