September 15, 2014 – The ducks stopped by our chicken yard to say hello. They had just come back from a walk into town, something they are not at all old enough to do. Then again, they took off in our truck to parts unknown a few days ago and returned unscathed, so I suppose today’s excursion was permissible. Eustace and the other two drakes – the ones with female names, were quacking up a storm as they approached me and Sawyer.
“What has the three of you in a tizzy?” I asked.
“We were walking by the veterinarian’s office and noticed a big sign in their parking lot,” said Leisl in a raspy voice. “It’s Flea and Tick Season, the sign said. C’mon in!”
“C’mon in,” echoed Eustace.
“Step right this way!” added Merida.
“And did you?” Sawyer probed.
“Through the front door,” quacked Leisl.
“Single file,” Merida quipped.
“Straight to the front desk,” said Eustace.
“I take it you ran into an issue once you got in there?” I questioned.
“The receptionist asked if she could help us.”
“We said, yes!” quacked Merida.
“Here for the fleas and ticks,” said Leisl.
I couldn’t help but laugh.
“By the look on your faces I’m guessing you didn’t get any bugs today.”
“Not a one,” Leisl replied.
“Zero,” said Merida.
“Nada,” griped Eustace.
“It was a cruel joke!” Leisl protested.
“Let’s trick the ducks today is what they must have said when they opened for business this morning!” Eustace sniped.
“Hello, ducks! No fleas or ticks for you!” Merida quacked.
We should have left them spitting and carrying on over the injustice of it all, but enlightenment was the proper path we decided. We explained to them what the sign truly meant and then offered them each a piece of pumpkin jerky we had dried for winter snacks.
“Good thing they didn’t see the sign at the car wash,” Sawyer chuckled.
“You mean the one offering the discount?” I asked.
“That’s the one,” she nodded.
Wash and vacuum
“This is why ducks should never leave the yard,” I said. “They are far too literal.”
“That’s right,” Sawyer agreed. “They’re not nearly as sophisticated as chickens.”
“Indeed not,” I laughed. “Indeed not.”