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David M. Katz


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DUCKING FOR COVER

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Your fourteen year old son, Peter, loves to go to the nearby park. The park has a small lake and the lake has attracted several ducks. Because of constant human interaction, the ducks are very tame. Peter enjoys feeding the ducks scraps of old bread.

Yesterday afternoon, as Peter was returning home from the park, one of the ducks followed him home. Peter claims he tried to chase the duck back to the park but it persisted in following him. Peter has named his new friend Mr. Quackers and has set him up on the patio in an old plastic kiddie wading pool. Peter has provided Mr. Quackers with a bowl of bread scraps to eat. Your spouse demands that the "filthy creature" be taken away immediately. You are none too happy with Mr. Quackers' presence but you tell Peter the duck can stay on the patio over night. You assume the duck will return to the park on its own and the matter will be settled. Peter wants to keep Mr. Quackers as a pet but you and your spouse are firmly against it.

To your dismay and your spouse's terror, the duck is still happily abiding on your patio the next morning. Peter is beside himself with excitement. Before you and your spouse head off to work you tell Peter in no uncertain terms that he is to return the duck to the park immediately after breakfast.

You come home from work and see this:

Peter - 14 with Mr. Quackers
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Obviously Peter has disobeyed you.

What do you do?


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1strappedboy


Sherrif
Looking at this from Pete's POV, I'd be devastated that my parents are so adamantly opposed to something that so obviously gives me great joy.

I'll pull out a page from the playbook I used as a boy to do an 'end run' around parental edicts; I'll fib and hope I can get away with it. "Mom, Dad, I took Mr Q back to the park just like you told me to. He followed me back; what am I supposed to do?" See, it looks like I obeyed and things conspired beyond my control. I just hope that they buy the story or I'm toast for disobedience and lying! In my r/l, if I was careful about my facts I could often carry this out. I'm not proud of this, but given my home situation, I became adept at avoiding barn visits and still being a brat whenever possible. Of course, when I/we were caught affraid , but the risk made it all the more enticing! Hey, what can I say? I was a teenaged boy!

Looking from the parents' POV, I'm sure Pete's going to be toast shortly for the disobedience and his feelings on the matter be hanged. His only potential out is if I believe his story that the duck followed him back. This way, his rear remains unscathed but I'll return the duck to its natural habitat.

BTW, we had some ducks on the farm and they were rarely so 'friendly' as this one appears to be. They largely 'tolerated' us at feeding and that was it!

John Boy


Sherrif
We will talk about it, he can't keep the duck. If the duck really is not leaving his side I can't punish him for it. If I find out he disobeyed then his butt and my brush are going to have a talk.

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AFinch


Sherrif
I guess my response is going to depend more on local zoning laws and state or federal "protected species" ones than on Pete's perceived disobedience.

At 14, Pete is old enough to have, and care for, a pet by himself. It would have been nice if he'd asked first, but they've clearly bonded, and from the scenario, it appears that Mr. Q chose Pete, at least as much as it was the other way around.

So, if this won't result in the city trying to evict me for having a duck as a pet, or the feds in trying to jail me for it, I'm going to talk to my spouse and Pete, and allow him to keep Mr. Q, so long as HE takes care of him (or her). If my spouse still has a problem, I'll point out that Mr. Q is probably a much more tolerable choice than a snake or a monitor lizard.

Jkher


Trailboss
I'm going to make it plain that Mr. Quackers is not a pet, but a voluntary visitor, and if two of them want to visit in the backyard, that's okay. One day, Mr. Quakers may leave and go about his ducky business, and Peter needs to respect that.

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Stone Man


Marshall
Since Mr. Q followed Pete home once, it would be easy to believe he/she did it again. It would appear that Mr. Q is likely to remain short of ill treatment by my son which neither he nor I would condone.

I like Jkher's point about Mr. Q being a voluntary guest who can/could leave at any time.

I don't see punishing Pete for this. I hope my spouse and I can come to some sort of agreement that can work for us all.

ivor


Marshall
"Let me make it perfectly clear Peter, eider you return that duck........."

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squarecutter


Sherrif
Mr Q could end up Duck a l'orange if this goes on. All I can think of is Lassie comes home where the boy, usually younger than Pete

it has to be said, bids the animal a firm goodbye and told not to come again under the firm but kindly eye of his father. We will try

that now but whether it does any good... Short of penning Mr Q in which can't happen he is free as a ... to waddle after Peter. I

could try banning Peter from the pond for a week or two so Mr Q has a chance to forget him which may be about the only thing. Peter

must not encourage Mr Q and must return him whence he came or else

MemoryMan


Sherrif
scratch Hmmm! A tricky one? Perhaps the duck just followed Pete back again? I could take it back to the park myself but Pete's so flattered by duck love its a shame to deprive him of its company.

I suppose I could divorce my intolerant wife - except that she's such a damned good cook.

scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch


Twisted Evil Exclamation Got It! Exclamation Twisted Evil
Pete can keep his duck - but with a tariff of five licks with the strap every time my wife or I find a splodge of duck poo on the patio. Very Happy

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Jack


Admin
First, Peter has not 'obviously' disobeyed me. If the duck actually did follow him home (and I have no idea how believable that is), then there's no reason to believe it wouldn't do so again.

The thing to do at this point is call someone from animal control or the park department, and let them know what happened. They will probably know how to deal with this. And it seems pretty obvious that just losing his new friend will be punishment enough for Peter.

In my family, this wouldn't be a problem. While Aflac finally did pass (after many happy years as a non-domestic, backyard duck), we still have Waddles, who is more than content to keep company with the dogs, cats, and kids. Without them in the back yard, I'd think hard about a couple of domestic ducks for Peter.


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Jack


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ivor wrote:"Let me make it perfectly clear Peter, eider you return that duck........."

Ivor gets down!

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ivor


Marshall
Maybe Peter's story isn't that far fetched.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=327m3wukAow

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Stone Man


Marshall
MemoryMan wrote: I suppose I could divorce my intolerant wife - except that she's such a damned good cook.

scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch scratch


HA! That's a real dilemma.


MemoryMan wrote:

Twisted Evil Exclamation Got It! Exclamation Twisted Evil

Pete can keep his duck - but with a tariff of five licks with the strap every time my wife or I find a splodge of duck poo on the patio. Very Happy


An outstanding solution!

Pi Beta


Deputy
The duck in the picture is almost certainly not a wild duck and has probably been dumped in the park by someone who has tired of it, so one shouldn't be surprised that it has decided to latch itself onto someone new who is happy to feed it.

It remains outside where it will be free to go but I stand little chance of persuading it never to come into my domain again - it's a duck, not a human.

Peter, however, must accept responsibility for hosing down any mess it makes. Only if he fails in that task will his backside be in danger.



Last edited by Pi Beta on Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:46 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Typo)

Kat


Editor Extraordinaire
I don't have much to add to the consensus. I will allow Peter to feed the duck and make a wading pool available for him as long as we are not violating any laws or zoning restrictions.

Kat

Iconoclast


Trailboss
Jkher wrote:I'm going to make it plain that Mr. Quackers is not a pet, but a voluntary visitor, and if two of them want to visit in the backyard, that's okay. One day, Mr. Quakers may leave and go about his ducky business, and Peter needs to respect that.
You Stole my thought before I could even think it Jkher!

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Padraig


Trailboss
ditto, good solution

MemoryMan


Sherrif
Stone Man wrote:

MemoryMan wrote:

Twisted Evil Exclamation Got It! Exclamation Twisted Evil

Pete can keep his duck - but with a tariff of five licks with the strap every time my wife or I find a splodge of duck poo on the patio. Very Happy [/center]


An outstanding solution!

Yep! It worked.

PS. Anyone got a recipe for orange sauce? Laughing

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ivor


Marshall
MemoryMan wrote:
Stone Man wrote:

MemoryMan wrote:

Twisted Evil Exclamation Got It! Exclamation Twisted Evil

Pete can keep his duck - but with a tariff of five licks with the strap every time my wife or I find a splodge of duck poo on the patio. Very Happy [/center]


An outstanding solution!

Yep! It worked.

PS. Anyone got a recipe for orange sauce? Laughing


Wouldn't tangerine be more appropriate? Smile

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