Respite Open Thread: What’s One More

Gabe helping with the laundry. Don’t know how I’d get it done without him. LOL

So how many of you remember how Maddie and Mabel came to live with me? – Here’s your refresher because…

It happened again:

I don’t have a lot of information except he/she is most likely a Pekin duck, about 6-7 weeks old. Found wandering at a local park/pond. Followed a woman to her car, she brought it home. Needed a good home and I’ve been looking for a third duck. I live in fear of losing one and the other being devastated – they do not do well alone.

We’ll meet tomorrow and see if it’s a match.

What’s one more?

Non-politic open thread.

59 replies
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    zhena gogolia says:

    I love Gabe’s eyes.

    the duck is cute!

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    StringOnAStick says:

    That duck is clearly smiling at his good luck.

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    NotMax says:

    Another myth shattered.

    That being one has to call 24 hours ahead for Pekin duck.


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    StringOnAStick says:

    Gabe has such a unique color pattern, I’ve never seen anything like it before.

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    sukabi says:

    Heh, good on you.

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    eemom says:

    An old college friend and his husband own an actual farm out in Far West Bumfuck, Northern Virginia, and they have chickens and ducks. They built a pond for the ducks, but none of them would stay in it……they all marched back to the house to hang out with the chickens.

    Just thought I’d share that since it’s my only duck story.

    Well, except for Peking, but even I wouldn’t go there.

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    Beeb says:

    I tell people that I have a blinking neon sign on my roof that only cats can see. It says “sucker lives here.” After the fourth one arrived, I gave the Cat Goddess strict orders to start guiding any new ones to the other houses near me. Of course, that’s what I told Her after the second and again after the third.

    You obviously have a blinking neon sign floating above your head that says “all ducks welcome.” Let the Duck Goddess know when you have enough. Perhaps She will listen to you better than the Cat Goddess listens to me.

    Meanwhile, congratulations on the addition of Max or Mary Ann!

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    debbie says:

    That’s pretty good-sized for 6 or 7 weeks!

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    @Beeb: I live in fear of wild ducks and geese deciding my backyard is now a wildlife sanctuary. LOL

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    plato says:

    I live in fear of losing one and the other being devastated – they do not do well alone.

    You’re one odd duck, aren’t ya? :)

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    @debbie: I’m only guessing, but baby ducks were only available at the local feed stores mid-March and he/she is not fully feathered yet.

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    Beeb says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I think you’re safe there. Wild ducks can’t read. If they could, they would already have arrived. :>)

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    NotMax says:

    Tangentially obligatory duck humor.

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    dmsilev says:

    I’ve been looking for a third duck

    Aren’t we all?

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    rikyrah says:

    Awe… another duck 🤗🤗😍😍

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Gabe’s facial expression has changed from deeply worried to contented. And the new duck is smiling.

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    Jay says:

    Duck, Duck,……. then it’s supposed to be Goose, not Another Duck.

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    CaseyL says:

    Wait, wait, there’s a bit missing: how did the woman who originally rescued the duck know to bring him/her to you? Are you known as The Duck Lady in your town?

    The Dane and Duck Lady?

    The Dane and Duck and Kitty Lady?

    House of Fur & Feather?

    …congrats on the new addition, and I eagerly await hearing how the rest of the raft* reacts to the newcomer.

    *Raft = collective noun for water ducks. Only ground ducks come in “flocks.” And I didn’t even know there were such things as ground ducks; I thought all ducks were water ducks. Thanks, Google!

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    laura says:

    Duck, duck, duck goose, crane, pelican, please, not the cassawary!
    What a lucky pretty ducky, and that’s a handsome cat!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I made my reservations for my birthday trip to Portland (OR) and it turns out that it’s going to be Pride Weekend in addition to my birthday. I felt a little weird about booking the special Pride Weekend package at my hotel, but it was too good to pass up (discounted room + Lyft voucher + late check-out).

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    Take my money:

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    @CaseyL: Same way I found out about Mabel and Maddie – Nextdoor – lost and found section. It’s also where I’ve helped two lost pups find their missing owners.

    But I like your version better. LOL

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’ve been looking for a third duck.

    I have just the song for you.

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    Aleta says:

    Oh, I remember the story of Maddie and Mabel. I have even told it to someone.

    If anyone is looking for a m-f (laying) pair of Pekin ducks (now in central Maine)

    … free to good home. … Rehoming because the male has been trying to mate with all my chickens and they have had it with him. …

    : )

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    Aleta says:

    @Beeb: The send out the message by drumming their feet.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Jay: Silly Jay. That’s just the name of the game.

    GOOSE! *runs*

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    JAFD says:

    Replacing water main on my street. Read posted notices, over weekend. Woke up this morn, had completely slipped my mind. Breakfast,etc ,etc. Then went to take shower and – dry. Out of sorts, plans wrecked, p@#%$sed off at myself. Good night, everyoné, sleep tight.
    “The water tasted bad for a week,
    And we had to make do with gin.”

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    NotMax says:


    “The water tasted bad for a week,
    And we had to make do with gin.”

    Only downside was the coffee tasted funny.


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    Jay says:


    Is that from Game of Thrones?

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    prostratedragon says:

    The couple was ultimately cited for the critters because, while they are native to Florida, they are regulated.

    The couple, or the critters?

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    Repatriated says:

    @Jay: Tom Lehrer, “The Irish Ballad”.
    Can’t get the youtube link to work, alas.

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    Origuy says:

    I was in Spain in 1995 when they were in the fifth year of a drought. I got off the train in Granada in the afternoon and found a small hostal with my limited Spanish. The landlady was telling me something about the water being off at night; I thought she meant the hot water, which wouldn’t have been unusual. I went to my room and fell asleep. When I woke up and wanted to shower, there was no water. It turned out she was telling me that the town water went off at night. Only the big tourist hotels had cisterns. I had to buy bottled water to brush my teeth in.

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    spudgun says:

    OMG, duckie, yay! What a sweetie—

    Hope it works out!

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    Aleta says:

    (Guardian) The acclaimed poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the poet laureateship, the highest honour in British poetry, citing a need to focus on her writing – and despite reports that she was set to be named as the next holder of the position.

    “I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the demands of a public role. The poems won,” Dharker, who was born in Pakistan and grew up in Glasgow, said. “It was a huge honour to be considered for the role of poet laureate and I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support and encouragement from all over the world.”
    … …
    The laureateship is not known for bringing the muse of poetry to its incumbents. Andrew Motion, who was laureate from 1999 to 2009, called the role “very, very damaging to my work”, saying while still in post: “I dried up completely about five years ago and can’t write anything except to commission.”

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    Aleta says:

    If anyone feels inclined today or tomorrow, could you send some strength and healing, or light or prayers to the northeast US, to the incredible soul dog who lives with me. We’re driving him several hours later today to have surgery tomorrow morning. The vet will remove one large tumor from a top lobe of his lung. There were no signs of cancer anywhere else. We thought a long time about whether to do this. It’s been very hard to figure out. We’ve never pictured we’d do such expensive treatment or force pain on an older animal. But we’ve been told that dogs usually recover easily and surprisigly quickly from this kind of surgery, often much better within a few days. I decided to trust that, but if I cause him to suffer it will be my terribly wrong decision. And we’re hoping surgery will make him much more comfortable than if we leave it to keep growing. He’s loving his life. He’s changed our lives. I hope in trying to figure it out the last three weeks I didn’t wait too long.

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    Aleta says:

    @Aleta: (I tried for a couple of weeks to get him an early appointment with a dog surgeon/researcher in cancer, who’s at Tufts vet school. But it would be at least two more weeks for an appt and surgery. So I decided that waiting might risk spreading. No way to know that, because the earlier xrays from a vet here were not accurate, so we don’t know how fast the growth is.) It feels weird to be going through this.

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    Mary G says:

    @Aleta: That is such an awful choice to make, but look how well Lily’s treatment has gone. If you can give him another year of quality life, it will be worth it. I will be holding you and your family in the light.

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    Mel says:

    @Aleta: Sending you guys love and hugs.

    We had a similar decision to make a few years ago with our sweet kitty girl Bruni. We opted for a full mastectomy, both sides when she was diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer. Her post-surgical recovery was surprisingly fast, and the surgery brought her another full year of cancer free, joy filled life before the illness returned. Our little girl lived it up during that year: played like crazy, snuggled with her human, cat and dog family, got her favorite bedtime song every night, and learned to scale the outside of her kitty condo so that she could lounge on the very top like the queen of the leopards surveying her turf.
    It was absolutely worth it, for her and for us.

    I hope that your wonderful doggie gets many more years of happiness with you. Holding you both in our hearts today, and sending so much hope for a great result today, and a quick recovery.

    – Mel, Pixie B. (Bruni’s daughter), and Janie (Bruni’s kitty bff)

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    Mel says:

    Gabe is so darling, and he looks so content, peaceful, and happy now. TaMara, the transformation in his expression and body language since he has made his forever home with you, Bixby, and friends is a joy to see!

    It’s hard to say what’s most adorable: his soulful eyes, his super-long whiskers, his lovely stripey coat, or his brushy wildcat tail. What a cutie pie!

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    Mel says:

    @TaMara (HFG): New ducky looks like she might be a “Lulu” or a “Lucia”, if she’s a lady duck.
    Bright and cheery and with a little smidge of sassiness!

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    Laura Too says:

    @Aleta: Thinking of you all today, please update!

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    satby says:

    @Aleta: the best of luck to you and your baby. Tough decisions! But doing the best you can for them is seldom a wrong one, though the outcome may not always be what we hope for. They feel the love and it’s all they ask of us.

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    satby says:

    @JAFD: that sucks JAFD! Hope it’s back on by tonight.

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    debbie says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Finally, a Roomba for the rest of us!

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Whatever you do is the right thing.

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    kindness says:

    Awww. That is so cute. You know we are wanting pics of the 3 of them together (the ducks I mean).

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    blackcatsrule says:

    @Aleta: You are making your decisions based on love so they will always be right.

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    @Aleta: [[[hugs]]] for you and your soul pup. I know what you’re going through and no matter what the outcome, you made the best decision with the information you have. Here’s to a successful surgery and quick recovery.

    Send me photos if you want me to front page him. I can tell you, nothing like the love of the BJ crew coming your way.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Hugs and best wishes Aleta, for what it’s worth I concur with getting it done sooner. Tufts is wonderful but yet it’s a big ol’ teaching institution where sometimes waiting is baked into their process, which leaves your judgment and instinct about what needs to be done for Pup by the side of the road. Better to follow what you know deep down, so Pup can get well sooner.

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    Heidi Mom says:

    @Aleta: Sending good thoughts to you and your baby. You’ve done the best you could, the best any of us could do.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Good luck to you and your pup! If your vet feels that the surgery will help, I think it’s worth trusting him/her. Vets are much more cognizant about quality of life these days and are reluctant to take measures that aren’t good for the animals.

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    J R in WV says:


    Best of luck, my wife drove our Clyde (Step Aside Clyde was his full name, as a pup he was inclined to want to lean on your leg…) up to Columbus OH vet hospital, where he had a MRI and spinal surgery for adhesions. Genius gifted neurosurgeon lady!

    Clyde recovered well and had more years of farm dog happy life.

    Worth all the expense and aggravation for sure!!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Martin: Thanks for the reminder about that sweet duck and little girl story.

    And now I’m thinking of the little boy (autistic) whose has the special relationship with his cat, who calms him and makes him happy. Wish I could remember where and when I saw that.

    edit: How could I forget to say how happy I am for all of you that this adorable duck has (likely) found a home with you and your guys.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @J R in WV: I see now that this thread is dead, but I still can’t keep myself from saying that Step Aside Clyde is possibly the coolest name I have ever seen for a pet. Step Aside Clyde. Love love love that.

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