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This Surprising Dog And Duck Friendship Shows That Animals Pick Friends Not By Their Looks

Meet Barclay, the Golden Retriever and his best friend, a four-year-old Pekin duck Rudy, who both have a thing or two to teach you about friendship.

As great friendships go, this one had a rather bumpy start, when Barclay discovered just how tasty the stolen duck chow is. Rudy, being the alpha duck of his group, would chase Barclay away from it. But soon the Retriever became such a frequent visitor in the coop that it was just a matter of time before these guys clicked. As the owner, Pam Ishiguro explained to Daily Mail : “ When they are together, somebody is always chasing or jumping on someone else, but when they are apart, they’ re always calling for each other. ”

By now these guys have developed a healthy relationship, where everybody is getting something out of it. For example: “[Barclay] likes to drink their bath water and, if he happens to be stealthy enough, he loves to sniff a little duck butt. ” And as for Rudy, he’ s become a fan of dog climbing: “ Now Rudy has to ‘ claim’ Barclay every once in a while by climbing on top of him. Barclay doesn’ t seem to mind terribly because that gives him the opportunity to sniff Rudy’ s bottom – win-win! ”

Although no  family is without its quirks, this one seems to solve their disputes with cuddling and playing together: “ Rudy and Barclay need each other – I think that’ s why they have such a strong bond, they’ re like the oddballs on the playground. No one else will play with them, so lucky for them, they found each other. ” ( h/t )

Meet Rudy, the Pekin duck, and his best friend Barclay, the Golden Retriever

Image credits: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Images

As great friendships go, this one had a rather bumpy start, when Barclay discovered just how tasty the stolen duck chow is

Image credit: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Pictures

Rudy, being the alpha duck of his group, would chase Barclay away

Image credits: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Images

But soon the Retriever became such a frequent visitor in the coop that it was just a matter of time before these guys clicked

Image breaks: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Photos

Now they are suffering from a healthy partnership, where everyone is getting some thing out of it

Image loans: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Graphics

“[Barclay] loves to drink their own bath drinking water and, in case he is actually stealthy sufficient, he likes to sniff just a little duck butt”

Picture credits: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Images

“ Now Rudy has to ‘ claim’ Barclay every occasionally by rising on top of your pet. Barclay doesn’ t appear to mind awfully because that provides him a chance to sniff Rudy’ s rear end – win! ”

Image ‘tokens’: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Photographs

“ When they are together, somebody is always chasing or jumping on someone else, but when they are apart, they’ re always calling for each other”

Image debts: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Pics

Although no  family is without its quirks, this one seems to solve their particular disputes with cuddling plus playing together

Graphic credits: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Images

“ Rudy in addition to Barclay require each other – I think that’ s the reason why they have this type of strong relationship, they’ lso are like the oddballs on the playground”

Photo credits: Pam Ishiguro, Bancroft Images

“ No one else will play with them, so lucky for them, they found every other”

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-friends-dog-barclay-pekin-duck-rudy/

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