Quackers the Queen of Ducks
July 30, 2005
I knew I'd have to write this one day. I just never imagined it would be so soon. Please excuse the typos. I'll fix them later. Can't stop crying long enough to make this pretty right now. Quackers died today. She was sick for 3 weeks, but we really believed she'd pull thru. She tried her best, and then told us she was all done.
I can't go on much more here for now ... thank you for visitng our page and for your thoughts and prayers. Please visit us again.
Life continues, but the tears will be flowing for a while.
Dear Sweet Quackers,
You were an amazing duck that we were blessed to know and love for 2 1/2 years. I can't believe how much you changed our lives. You wrapped your little wingy-webbed self around our hearts. You took a piece of my soul with you when you went. I never knew something could hurt so much.
We know you're resting now and having fun in that big clean ducky pond under the Rainbow Bridge. Save us a spot and we'll see you again one day.
Thank you for bringing such love and joy, you silly duck. We miss you already and we'll never for get you.
Your Momma Duck and Alpha
Diary of Our Duck, and the True Confessions of a Duck-o-Holic
... how one duck changed everything ...
(Quackers, Rugby and their Crazy Human ... NOTE: I'm the one in the middle)
I love Ducks! The quack me up!!
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Brad left early for work. He drove away, only to return a few minutes later. "OK," he said, "there's an injured duck on the side of the driveway. I know you're going to find it when you go for your walk. Get me a towel and a box and I'll help you save it before I go."
It was one of those extra-interesting days that changed our lives. We never in our wildest dreams had planned on adding a duck to the family. Who'd ever heard of having a duck for a pet?!?! After 38 years of trying to save every creature that still had a pulse when I found it (and a few that didnt), though, nature finally decided to take me up on my offer. Along came that pathetic, injured, helpless, lovable duck. Along came Quackers, who soon became a Kney.
Almost a year later and I have to admit it. After 11+ months of duck-dom, I've become a true duck-a-holic. I love the duck.
We have 3 cats and our especially-spoiled and most-wonderful-in-the world dog Rugby. I love them all, and YES, Rugby will always be number one! But Quackers has still managed to capture a special place in my heart. Good thing that it seems to be big enough in there for all of them, with plenty of room to spare (hint, hint other injured wildlife)!
It's also quite fortunate that Brad is the wonderful husband that he is! Before you go calling me "biased" about this, remember that he puts up with me on a daily basis. 'Nuf said?? Just look up "patience" in the dictionary and you'll see his face. Believe me, he has to share living space with ME (the human amoeoba), so I know this to be true (and so does everyone else who knows me)!
Patient? Yes! Certifiable duck-o-holic? NO! Brad can go days on end without even visiting Quackers. When I ask if he wants to come out and play with Rugby, Quackers and I, his answer is usually a very quick and easy "no". Even so, Brad has admitted that Quackers is cute and he's quite tolerant about her (shhh ... don't tell, but he really LOVES HER, too!!). Better yet, he's also able to tolerate my obsession with her. So, it all works out just fine!
OK -- enough rambling and on to the meat ...I mean ... er... the substance of this web page!! Since we have so many photos of her ... and since I really REALLY believe that a photo is worth a thousand+ words ... and since I've told the story so many times that 1 photo/1000 words gets you off easy ... and since we're paying Comcast for the webspace anyway ... and since if you're read this far, you MIGHT just have a bit of duck-o-holism in your veins, I decided to share some scenes from the photo journal of Quackers' road to recovery ... and beyond!
Without further adue ... adoo ... adew ... adieu ... <ahem ... Gezunheit> without wasting any more of your time with my prattle, enjoy the pics ... and have a ducky day!
... WARNING: DUCKS ARE ADDICTING ....
We welcomed LuLu Gosling, Jr. on June 6, 2004.
LuLu is our one and ONLY "doose" (aka: a goose who thinks SHE's a duck cuz SHE lives with 'em).
And, YES, LuLu is a girl
LuLu Gosling, Jr, arrived June 6, 2004 (she was 4 weeks old when she joined our flock)
THANK YOU, FRAN!!!! We love ya!!
We brought Lu into our family to be a pal for Quackers. Before Lu, Quacks would wonder off into the woods when we weren't looking.
She usually didn't go far, but one time she went all the way to the neighbors to hang out with the flock of wild turkeys (around here, that's about 400 feet -- thru thick trees). Once Lu joined us, Quack never wondered off again!
The 2 of them quickly became "best fends". Lu followed Quackers EVERYWHERE!
July 31, 2004
... UH OH .... Careful ... ducks CAN be addicting ...
Welcome Shimmy and Lini Mini - aka "The Minis"!
Our 3 day old baby pekins being snuggled by Hubby, the one who started it all ( believe me, my hands don't look that good!)
Quack on a link to stop reading and start viewing!
Some links may not be active yet and some get changed, so y'all come back now, y'hear? ... and don't forget to hit REFRESH
LISTEN to our NOISEY NOSEY duck by clicking here! This is Quackers' "curious/bug hunting" sound. It's a wav file ... depending on the browser you use, it will either play it for you, or you can download it and play it ... and please don't mind the "crunching" sound that goes with it --that's just me walking on the leaves!
THAT'S ONE MESSED-UP DUCK aka: COYOTES SUCK ... or maybe is was HAWK ... OK, NEVERMIND, they both need to take up a new vegetarian diet cuz they both SUCK ... just LOOK what they did to my poor baby before we found her!
BIG FLAP Look!! We have WINGSSSSSS
HAWKEYE Duck vision is better than a good set of binoculars any day!
TO LUUU LUUUU, WITH LOVE!!!! (yep, just like that song ... makes you want to sing along and rent it tonite, right???) Hereeeee's LuLu!
THE MINIS!!! Welcome Mini Ducks!! (no, they're not really Miniature Waterfowl .. they're pekins and they're peekin at ya right here!)
The MAJORS Well, no ... ok, they're STILL the MINIS, but they grew up a bit and give us a BIG SURRRRPRISE!! (dang)
SEXY DUCK ... Nevermind what the Minis taught us, Quackers will tell ya for sure! ... and I mean how to SEX your duck ... as in "girl" vs. "boy" and "duck" vs. "drake" - WHAT did YOU think I meant??
DON'T BE JEALOUS Pics of our other pets. We love them, too!! ... even Psycho-Cricket ... (now THERE's a patient husband for you)
THE RUFF LIFE Did I already mention the-most-wonderful-dog-in-the-world RUGBY?? TOUGH! Look at his photos, too... it's worth the extra click!
LIFE IS GOOD ... NO... LIFE IS DUCKY! If it doesn't fit elsewhere, you might find it here! LOTS of pics ... BE WARNED: I have a digital camera and I know how to use it! I'll just keep adding pics here ad-naseum ... so click REFRESH if you visit more than once, which I hope you'll do!
Quackers, LuLu, Shimi and Lini Mini have plenty of warm fuzzies to share!! If you really, REALLY are a fellow duck-o-holic ... or at least a little bit quacked ... then you know EGGACTLY what I mean!
DUCK LINKS Words of Wisdom and some GREAT resources from people who actually know some stuff about ducks. Thank goodness -- you know what they say ... you can never have too many DUCK LINKS!!!
CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO SEE OUR "WILD" TURKEYS ... They quack us up, too!
QUACK HERE TO HELP Seriously, you can give a buck to help a duck ... or a goose, of course! Follow this link to see some COOL STUFF for follow Duck-a-Holics and ways to donate your loose change. 100% of the money goes 4 THE BIRDS ... and we don't even mean our own!
SILLY STUFF ... because the rest of the site is SO serious!
Have any ducky-doose questions? You can email Quackers, LuLu, Shimmy and Lini by CLICKING HERE. They may not have an answer, but they might be able to point yer bill in the right direction!
You can also sign the guest book by clicking here:
** Spammers beware: Quackers, Shimmy and Lini are DUCKS and LuLu thinks she is. They do NOT: vote, have or want a mortgage, need to lose weight, or care about the size of any body parts, including penis or boobs. They also doesn't buy anything and they're most definitely under-age, not to mention the wrong species. Their duck-humans will also be mighty annoyed if you start sending us your nasties and we WILL get you on every spam alert list we can find ... so leave be or you'll be in some mighty stinky duck doo-doo!
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