Dilly – A Good Duck

Today is a sad day. It started out lovely with ice out on the sunny side of the pond. The ducks, Dilly, Quackers, Peep and Squeak enjoyed a first spring dip in the pond while I enjoyed the view from my chair in the shade.

Yet, when it was time to bring the ducks in this evening, there was no Dilly to be found. I discovered her body on the edge of the pond. While six years seems like a long life for a physically challenged duck, losing her hit me hard.

Dilly Duck in the Lillies

Dilly has always held a special place in our hearts. Because of her deformed legs, walking was very laborious for her and she always brought up the ducky rear. The pond was her favorite place – she would complain loudly when the other ducks left her behind. She was our best broody duck, working so hard at sitting on her nest every summer, never with any luck. Dilly got a little extra TLC, like picking her up to put her in the motar box for a winter bath or allowing her nest in the lavendar or wherever she wanted.

Dilly the Duck

It’s an end of an era here at Downeast Thunder Farm. We’re going to miss Dilly.

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9 Responses to Dilly – A Good Duck

  1. Linda Thorn says:

    I’m so sorry.

  2. Pam says:

    Sad that you lost Dilly .r.i.p

  3. Kathy Anderson says:

    I’m so sorry that Dilly is gone. We recently lost our beloved kitty Tim and I know that heartache! Dilly was a duck like no other and she had a good life with your family.

  4. Lisa Taylor says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Love is love, no matter the type of animal or person and it always leaves a hole in your heart when you lose that loved one. My sympathy and thoughts go out to you and your family. I hope with time that the sadness wanes and the happy times will be remembered and make you smile. Peace.

  5. Dawn Fleischman says:

    So very sorry for your broken hearts. Dilly sure was a special little lady <3

  6. So sorry to hear about Dilly. I don’t post as much, but i follow along with the mailings.


  7. TerriSue says:

    I had a house duck for 4 years named Dodger. I named her that thinking she would have to dodge us going around the house. Turned out it was a very apt name as we were the ones who were dodging-her. She was a crested duck. She was a delight and we loved her dearly. Like Dilly she loved to swim only she had the use of our guest bathroom tub. I am an invalid and she would sit by my wheelchair through the day and talk to me. She was my companion. She slept in a dog crate at night with a sheet over it. When she heard my husband get up in the morning she would start in quacking to be let out and about. One morning she didn’t and when my husband took the sheet off he found she had stuck her head through the bars and had not been able to get it back through and had hung herself. I cannot begin to tell you how I felt. Four years later as I write this I have tears rolling down my cheeks. Ducks are so personable. They are funny and loving. I am so sorry for your loss. Dilly was one very special duck and can never be replaced. I know that Dodger will be waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. I am sure Dilly will be waiting for you, and the next time you see Dilly she will not have deformed legs and she will come waddling up to you as fast as any duck can waddle.

    • Susan says:

      TerriSue, your story brought a tear to my eye too. I’m so sorry you lost Dodger too soon.

  8. Lisa Ludlow says:

    Sorry about your duck. I’m glad she had you for a family.

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