Husky and duck forge bond, become Best Friends 'Furever'
STROUT, Minn. (ABC News/CNN) -- An unlikely pair has become best friends and their story is an inspiration to the 25 people who live in Strout, Minnesota.
"Sometimes on my way home I hope they are out there because they are just too precious to look at," neighbor Alisa Godejahn said.
On any given day, rain or shine, Max, the 14-year-old Husky, and Quackers, the 4-year-old duck, can be found sitting along Highway 28 looking like a greeting card just waiting for a caption
It's a lonely, country roadway, and in some ways that's symbolic of how this unlikely pair came to be.
Max was 5-years-old when Patrick and Kirsten Riley adopted him. He became friends with Sasha, another Husky they had at the time.
When Sasha passed away, Max was alone- until the Rileys got Quackers the duckling.
He too, had lost a couple buddies along the way.
"He was without any friends. Max would sit next to his pen all the time and they just kind of bonded that way. After we let him out, they never left each other's side," Patrick said.
You could say Quackers took to Max like a duck takes to water. But the feeling was mutual.
Alone no longer, they now do everything together Everything.
"They sleep together, they eat together, they drink together, they go for walks down the road. Everything is together," Kirsten said.
They share carpeted sleeping quarters in the garage, and 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. It's enough to get anyone driving by to do a double-take.
The Riley's 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?