Well, I finally
figured out how to get Mercy eating by hiding worms
in some Mazuri soup. I wrote an article about it for
our November newsletter. She definitely knows where
her food is now because boy is she eating!
About a month ago
our friend Kat saw that her neighbors had a 7-8 week
old Muscovy duckling in their yard tethered to a
post. You read right. They tied a rope around the
duck's leg. She immediately went next door and
talked them into relinquishing the duck to her. She
has 4 ducks of her own and could not keep Patrick,
nor could we. So... she fostered Patrick for a
couple weeks and then we both drove together to
Nevins Farm MSPCA. Kat was heartbroken when we had
to leave him there. She had become so very attached
to him and she is a real animal lover.
Well... here we
are, a month later, and I get an email fro Pam at
Nevins announcing that Patrick is a girl! She is
trilling and her facial carnicles have not developed
at all like a boy. I emailed her back and asked her
to hold Patricia for me and then I went back on
Thursday (Oct. 20) and picked her up and brought her
Kat came up the
next night on Friday and I just casually led her
into the barn, to Patricia's kennel in the corner
and she saw her right away and said, "Who is that?"
And I said, "A
newcomer. She arrived yesterday. Her name is
And she turned to
me, and I could see in her eyes that she wrestling
with conflicting thoughts. Was this Patrick or had I
named a newcomer in his honor.
I didn't want to
hurt her feelings--I wanted to keep it upbeat, so I
said, "Her name used to be Patrick."
She couldn't get
the gate open quick enough to jump inside and hug up
that little duck! She was so happy she was crying.
It was wonderful!
I told her, she
helped us so much when we lost Duran Rio--helped us
find River to cheer up Moon-Moon, I was so happy to
be able to do something for her in return.
will be staying with us for a while! Sometimes I
just love being me.
BTW... Billy &
Bella both talk up a storm with this new girl!