Dogs

Duck Helps Grieving Dog Recover From His 2-Year Depression

June 12th, 2018

In 2014, George lost his best friend Blackie the lab. The two had been together for 12 years, and they did everything together. George was devastated by his loss.

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Jacquie Litton via Facebook Source: Jacquie Litton via Facebook

In the two years after Blackie’s death, George barely ate, and he lost interest in everything. George’s owner, Jacquie Litton, was very worried about him.

“He’s almost died twice. He doesn’t eat, starves himself, anxiety and a multitude of skin conditions from chewing on himself,” Litton told Inside Edition.

But then, something surprising happened. One day, a duck wandered onto Litton’s porch. The duck and George immediately hit it off!

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Jacquie Litton via Facebook Source: Jacquie Litton via Facebook

The duck seemed to sense that George needed help. The duck laid down next to George and cuddled with him. As the days went by, the dog and the duck got more and more comfortable with each other. George was grateful to have the duck by his side—he hasn’t cried once since the duck appeared.

“Since the duck has showed up, he’s been fine,” Litton told WKOW. “He’s not wanted in the house. He’s not whined. He’s not meeting you at the car, ya know, looking sad.”

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Jacquie Litton via Facebook Source: Jacquie Litton via Facebook

Litton decided to officially add the duck to her family. She gave the duck a name, Donald. She also built him a beautiful bird bath.

George and Donald now spend most of their time together. They often take naps together on George’s dog bed, and George even lets Donald rest his beak on his leg.

“It is strange for a duck to just appear at our house and be attached to your dog and even more strangely the anniversary week of Blackie’s passing,” Litton says.

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Jacquie Litton via Facebook Source: Jacquie Litton via Facebook

Litton says that George and Donald will often walk around the backyard and chat with each other, with George barking and Donald quacking. She says it really sounds like they’re having a conversation!

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Jacquie Litton via Facebook Source: Jacquie Litton via Facebook

Litton is so happy that Donald appeared in their lives and gave George the companionship he’s been looking for since he lost Blackie.

“They’re totally different species, and they found company and comfort in each other,” Litton says.

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Jacquie Litton via Facebook Source: Jacquie Litton via Facebook

Donald is an incredible duck who seemed to know that there was a dog who needed his help. This sweet bird helped a dog who desperately needed a friend. Thanks to Donald, George has a whole new outlook on life. We’re so glad that these two found each other!

If you’d like to learn more about George and Donald, check out the video below.

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Source: Inside Edition

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