August 10, 2007
You know what they say, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck, but don't tell that to the Madison County mallard who thinks he's a dog.
"Come on, Jake, let’s go get some bugs,” says 71-year-old Farmer Winfrey Gore of Brightwood, VA calling his pet duck Jake.
Every morning the two head down to the garden where this mixed up mallard, not so sure he's a duck acts more like a dog.
But instead of chasing squirrels this morning, Jake chases slugs.
"Them things don't go down like crickets do they,” remarks Gore.
The feathery fellow eats slugs alright, but prefers dog food. No chicken feed for Jake. He leaves that for the birds.
This duck is fitting the bill not of barnyard animal, but of man's best friend and Jake wouldn't be this man's best friend if he didn't stay glued to his owner's side.
“He likes to ride in the truck,” said Gore. And much like a mutt, he spends most of the ride looking out the window.
Just like a dog Jake likes to be held and get his belly rubbed.
His roost is a pen house not the pent house as he might think.
And he gets along with the dogs, but other ducks ruffle his feathers.
So why is Jake this way? Winfrey said he lived with another family in Alexandria for four years before he adopted him and that family penned him up with two big dogs.