The Kings of the Yard...  

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
2973 posts
6/30/2006 9:42 pm

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7/10/2006 5:47 pm

The Kings of the Yard...

The expectation makes it easier I guess. It just seems to me that if I had known they were going, I'd have spent more time with them yesterday, or this morning...

They came to us two years and 30 days ago. Just a day and half after they hatched, and they were adorable. They loked at us and chirped through their little beaks like they were talking to us.

A couple months later, they did something that won me over. They were here guarding the yard when my in-laws arrived, and they wouldn't let them in the yard. The in-laws had to stay in the car until we got here because they were too agressive and pecked at their feet.

Their names were Throttle and Turbo. Rowen ducks that tits and I have had as pets since the first weekend in June of '04. They weighed 2.8 ounces on that first day, and their beaks were the size of an average fingernail. They loved to swim in the bathtub, and liked to do what we called "zoom-zoom", where they dove to the bottom of the tub and swam around in circles as fast as their little legs could get them moving. They'd come up for air, and dive again, each one trying to go faster than the other.

As they matured, they became pretty territorial, and became quite the talk of the neighborhood. People would walk down the street and say "Do you know you have ducks in your yard?" We'd reply with the "Yes, they're domestic, they're our pets." Most everyone thought that was so cool. And you know what? It was.

Today, I came home at lunch to meet my son who was picking up some things of mine, and noticed right away that my boys didn't come to the fence to meet me. I thought it was strange, but waited until later to walk around the house and see where they were. Shortly after noon today, I walked into the back yard to find Throttle very sick, sitting next to his brother Turbo, who had already passed away. I called my wife and told her what had happened, and she came home to sit with Throttle who passed away just two hours later.

I think it's ironic that last night, I referenced a post in which I helped bury my neighbor's cat, only to bury my own ducks hours later. That's what sucks... I never expected it.

rm_DaphneR 58F
7938 posts
6/30/2006 11:46 pm

Sorry that your guys died. It's not easy losing any kind of pet. My sister had some ducks and they certainly had their own personalities.

What I have to wonder with both of them dying at the same time was if maybe they got poisoned by something?

Have tongue, will use it. Repeatedly.

MamChelle 48F  
1443 posts
7/1/2006 10:36 am

so sorry bro...loosing a pet IS like loosing a kid.....*hugs* chelle

rm_topsy50 56F
20 posts
7/1/2006 10:21 pm

awwwwww honey thats sooo sad Im sorry

docdirk 47M

7/2/2006 7:55 pm

It's funny to see what comes along and touches our hearts as time goes by. And, no matter what it might be, when it is gone, it hurts. Sorry to hear about your loss.

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

Northerncomfort2 66M
120 posts
7/5/2006 12:02 am


I cannot IMAGINE a "Heaven" without animals. If, by some mis-shuffling of paperwork, I ever get a chance to see for myself and all the "little guys" I have known are NOT there, I would be sorely tempted to "bail"...


frbnkslady 48F
6183 posts
7/9/2006 11:17 am

Tires, I would want to find out. Sounds like something is just not right with the neighbors cat going just before to.
I am truely sorry for loss. My heart goes out to you both. T


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