This Feisty Duck Has Chosen A Golden Retriever As His Best Friend, And Now They’re Inseparable

It’s common to see two doggy best friends, or two cats that are friends; it’s not even unusual to see a dog and a cat love each other. But this friendship is a very unlikely one that you don’t see every day.

Golden Retriever Barclay has formed an inseparable bond with Rudy, a four-year-old Pekin duck. Their owner, Pam Ishiguro, has a flock of seven ducks, but there is something special about Rudy that made Barclay get along so well with him.

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“The animals are much like my two boys – they have a love-hate relationship,” Ishiguro told Barcroft TV. “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.”

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The unlikely pair are always together. Whether it’s walking – or waddling – around the backyard, or relaxing on the couch.

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“Now Rudy has to “claim” Barclay every once in a while, by climbing on top of him,” Ishiguro told Barcroft TV. “Barclay doesn’t seem to mind terribly because that gives him the opportunity to sniff Rudy’s butt – win-win!”

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Rudy is very protective of Barclay and isn’t afraid to peck at the other ducks if they get too close to him.

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“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.”

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.