Interspecies relationships aren’t just about fighting for survival. Sometimes animals form the most unusual friendships, and this story is perfect proof that fur and feathers can get along just fine.
Max the dog was 5 years old when Patrick and Kirsten Riley of Strout, Minnesota adopted him. He quickly became friends with Sasha, another Husky they had at the time. However, Sasha’s time ran out and she passed away, opening a void of loneliness in Max’s heart. A void that was soon filled by a duck.
When Patrick and Kirsten adopted Quackers, Max immediately took a liking to him. “Max would sit next to his pen all the time, and they just kind of bonded that way,” Patrick told WCCO-TV. “After we let him out, they never left each other’s side.”
“They sleep together, they eat together, they drink together, they go for walks together,” Kirsten added. “Everything is together.” Most of the time the pair is hanging out along Highway 28. Their bond is so beautiful, people even stop their cars to appreciate it.
Strout is only 25-residents big, so the pair has become well-known in the area. “Sometimes on my way home, I actually hope they’re out there because they’re just too precious to look at,” neighbor Alisa Godejahn said. “We see people stopping over there all the time. The traffic gets clogged up over there sometimes because of all the pictures getting taken.”