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October 22, 2011

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 home.

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 Patricia."

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.

Patricia Tricia 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!

 

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