Gelding Forced to Adopt Ducks
September 26 | 1 Comment
As I wrote in my book, Bad to the Bone: Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger, you don’t have much of a choice as to who adopts you.
Even a fun loving, outgoing and lovable mutt like me had to have a couple of goes at it before landing my forever folks, but I was lucky.
Imagine being a duck and being adopted by a horse. That’s right, an equine.
That got me to thinking, what if that was me in that situation? How much fun could cuddle time be if I’m worried about my safety? Let’s be honest, once Mama Secretariat rolls over, I’m dead.
What about primping time before heading out to talk up the local chihuahuas? Well, I’ve never seen a hoof that can hold a furminator, or be able to spray a healthy dose of Old Spice on my neck.
How about a smooth stroke of my fur? I’d be afraid the leg coming my way was a kick to the head.
On the upside, I guess a horse could teach me how to kick field goals, or better yet, the ability to poop anywhere without repercussions.
The Metro has the duck and horse story.
Champion horse Topper took the ducklings under his wing – well, hoof – after allowing their mother, Lola, to lay a dozen eggs in his stable.
He kept watch over them for a month before they hatched and then scared away foxes and dogs that got too close.
‘Far from being upset, Topper really likes his little duck family,’ said Kim Stevens, yard manager at the stables in Milland, West Sussex.
‘He was in and out of the stable all the time but every time he came back in, the first thing he did was look around to make sure they were still there.’
It is thought Lola moved in with Topper after her last lot of eggs were eaten by a fox. Before the new batch hatched, staff moved them to a safe corner of the straw so Topper, who was recently ridden to victory at the British Open Indoor Cross Country, did not accidentally squash them.