The Unlikely Friendship Of Max And Quackers


THEIR FRIENDSHIP HAS BECOME AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS. YOU COULD CALL THIS A DOG TALE OR YOU COULD CALL IT A DUCK TALE, BUT FOR THE 25 PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN TINY STROUT, MINNESOTA, IT’S NOT A TALE AT ALL. FOR THEM, THE STORY OF MAX AND QUACKERS IS ALREADY LEGENDARY. SOMETIMES ON MY WAY HOME, I ACTUALLY KIND OF HOPE THEY’RE OUT THERE BECAUSE THEY’RE JUST TOO PRECIOUS TO LOOK AT. AND THEY’RE HARD TO MISS. ON ANY GIVEN DAY, RAIN OR SHINE, THE PAIR CAN BE FOUND SITTING ALONG HIGHWAY 28 LOOKING LIKE A GREETING CARD JUST WAITING FOR A CATCH. IT’S A LONELY COUNTRY ROADWAY, AND IN SOME WAYS, THAT’S SYMBOLIC OF HOW THIS UNLIKELY PAIR CAME TO BE. INITIALLY, HE WAS VERY ENERGETIC. HE WAS EVERYWHERE. MAX WAS FIVE YEARS OLD WHEN PATRICK AND KIERSTEN ADOPTED HIM. HE BECAME FRIENDS WITH SASHA, ANOTHER HUSKIE THEY HAD AT THE TIME. MAX WAS ALONE UNTIL THEY GOT QUACKERS, THE DUCKLING. HE, TOO, LOST A COUPLE BUDDIES ALONG THE WAY. HE WAS WITHOUT ANY FRIENDS SO MAX WOULD SIT NEXT TO HIS PEN ALL THE TURJS AND I THINK THEY JUST KIND OF BONDED THAT WAY. THEY JUST NEVER LEFT EACH OTHER’S SIDE. YOU COULD SAY THAT QUACKERS TOOK TO MAX LIKE A DUCK TAKES TO WATER, BUT THE FEELING WAS MUTUAL. THEY NOW DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER. EVERYTHING. THEY SLEEP TOGETHER. THEY EAT TOGETHER. THEY DRINK TOGETHER. THEY GO FOR WALKS TOGETHER DOWN THE ROAD. BRIGHT AND EARLY IN THE MORNING, IT’S NOT UNUSUAL TO HEAR THE SOUND OF WEBBED FEET AND PAWS, SOMETIMES EVEN A QUACK AND A BARK. WE SEE PEOPLE STOPPING OVER THERE ALL THE TIME. THE TRAFFIC GETS CLOGGED UP OVER THERE SOMETIMES BECAUSE OF ALL THE PICTURES GETTING TAKEN. PICTURES THEY’LL SEND. THEY LOVE IT. THEY SAY IT BRIGHTENS THEIR DAY. THEY’RE SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS DIFFERENT FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE. THEY KNOW MAX IS NO LONGER A YOUNG PUP. HE’S 84 IN DOG YEARS, BUT IF YOU MEASURE YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE BY BEING A GOOD FRIEND TO SOMEONE ELSE THEN THESE TWO HAVE PUT ON A LOT OF MILES TOGETHER. AFTER ALL, IF A DOG AND DUCK CAN PUT ASIDE THEIR OBVIOUS DIFFERENCES, WHY CAN’T THE REST OF US? SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT A DUCK WILL FIND A MATE, A COMPANION, AND ONCE THEY HAVE THAT COMPANION, THEY’RE SET, AND THAT’S WHAT QUACKERS FOUND WITH MAX. JOHN, WCCO 4 NEWS. OKAY. THAT IS THE CUTEST THING. ISN’T IT GREAT? IT’S SO GREAT. IT REALLY IS CUTE. LOVE IT. THEY SAY THAT MAX AND QUACKERS WILL ACTUALLY SIT ALONG THE ROAD IN THEIR FAVORITE SPOT BUT SPEND MORE TIME CLOSER TO THE HOUSE IN THE WINTER. I JUST SAW HIM GET HIT. I KNOW. PATRICK DOES GO DUCK HUNTING. MAX ACTUALLY LIKES TO SNIFF THE BIRDS PATRICK BRINGS HOME, BUT MAX OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T LOOK AT QUACKERS THAT WAY. THAT KIND OF DUCK. I THINK YOU GUYS CAN GO AS MAX AND QUACKERS FOR HALLOWEEN NEXT YEAR. SOMEONE WILL. I KNOW. SHOULD HAVE A LITTLE WEB CAM SO WE CAN CHECK IN ON THEM AT WORK.

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