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When he came out of the water I didn’t think much of it, but as his walk gained momentum and turned into a waddle I grew concerned. As he raced across the grass and onto the walkway, I thought “Oh Lord” we’re being chased by a duck!…


If you follow the Boys on FB you know about Jaxson’s new friend “Dwight the Duck.”

Most mornings Dwight can be found resting on the bank of the lake in our community waiting for Jaxson.


  • Jaxson whines for a minute or two then prances in place
  • Dwight flaps his wings, hops in the water and floats away
  • Jax barks goodbye and gives Harley and I permission to continue our walk. #doodleritual

This has become a common occurrence at least two/three mornings a week.

Last week Dwight was not in his spot.

Disappointed Jaxson stood there – waiting – until I gripped the leash with two hands and dragged him away.

We haven’t seen Dwight since.

Monday I decided to take the Boys on a different trail for a longer walk – that also has a lake.…


After about a mile Jax saw ducks…


Straight and still like a statue he stood. As if waiting for one of the ducks to quack out

Hello friend it’s me – Dwight.

Dogs are intelligent and Doodles are super smart #saysDoodlemom but I doubt seriously if Jax understood this was an entirely different body of water.

But since dogs are loyal and Doodles are determined, we waited and watched.

As the duck family emerged from the water – Harley moved towards them. It was as if he was tired of waiting and decided to strut on over to ask if they knew Dwight! #bolddoodle



As I diverted my attention from the ducks for one split second I was unaware of what was happening behind me.

The duck was approaching.

At first Jax growled. Then he barked.

The duck was getting closer.

Bucking like a horse locked in a stall, Jax is wailing like he’s trying to scream.

Harley zooms past me on my right.

The duck was close.

Tangled in my umbilical belt leash I twirl like a ballerina. Off balance, desperately trying to remain upright, I see this ginormous duck deliberately running towards us!

The duck was so close I watched in horror as it opened its mouth ready to fight.

Lady I’m gonna peck you real good!


I’m from the city. I don’t do ducks. They just weren’t walking around the busy streets of New York. #unfamiliar

Therefore I’m ready to flee.

But first I must free myself.

I started hopping in place with the two leashes that had me twisted up like a mummy, while my two white fluffy anchors pulled me every which way but loose.

I will never be able to defend why I chose to scream –


– to two dogs #willneverknow.


Was the area crowded?


After what seemed like forever, the victor – the duck, retreated back to his flock #braggingnodoubt

Leaving the park with any degree of dignity was just not possible, so I didn’t even try.

I laughed out loud allowing those on the nearby benches the freedom to chuckle and smile.

Safe in our car with the windows rolled all the way up, we had a quiet ride home.

With the trail and the lake a distant memory in our rear view mirror, Jaxson made his way up to the front.

He did his best to convey his thoughts for the moment…


And that was all right by me…


Not sure where Dwight is these days, not sure if we’ll ever see him again.

But frankly Scarlett…



Voting in round 2 for the 2016 Best City for Pet Travelers contest begins on Thursday, March 17th. The Boys are representing #charlestonsc. They’ll be back on Thursday with a short post and photos sharing what makes #charlestonsc the pet friendliest city along with a link for you to cast your vote…


This is our contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.


  • LeeAnna Paylor
    March 16, 2016

    oooooh ducks. Cole had a duck event at Lake Placid last summer. Whew! They fight dirty.

    We had a giant goose a mother goose kind of goose come at Cole. Looked him right in the eye as they were the same height, but those wings are mighty threatening when unfurled. Cole crowded next to me, stood still in shock, then backed away.
    Cole is not one to run from a fight, rather he’s the one to start half of them.
    Charleston sounds like a great choice in new homeland

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      LeeAnna – I think I’m staying away from anything with wings for a while. That includes chickens unless they are in the package at the store!

  • Murphy
    March 16, 2016

    OMYDOGNESS! My human is afraid of anything with wings, and she would have most likely fainted! She too is a city girl.
    I’m woofing out loud reading this! You go Jax!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Murphy, she probably would have “thought” (like me) that she was going to faint, but the city girl in her would have made her flee (like me!). Us city girls can rise to the occasion when we have to – then we have to have a glass of wine afterwards LOL

  • Dashlilly
    March 16, 2016

    Fabulous story!!! We walk by a lake as well and happily, the doodles, the ducks and the geese have a good truce going — little to no acknowledgement of the other.

    Well done Doodle Mom. Well done.

  • Pedro and Alessandra
    March 16, 2016

    Thank you for the mid-week chuckle… LOL actually!
    Dear Jax, so sweet of you to appreciate your Mommy’s valiant efforts! I hope you see Dwight sometime soon, sounds like you had a nice friendship and I bet he misses you 🙂
    Loving paws you Groovy Goldendoodles! We love your adventures!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Today when we walked, Jax didn’t even slow down to look for Dwight. I guess the romance is over #itsofficial

  • nichole
    March 16, 2016

    Oh boy! Penny would love to go visit the ducks!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Then you’re gonna have to come and visit. We’ve got bunches to show her 🙂

  • Elaine
    March 16, 2016

    Oh Cathy, you were so brave and to let out a laugh for others watching was a savvy move on your part, lol!

    I think if Jax ever sees Dwight again he needs to tell him to get his ducks in a row…uh, or make that, “Get your ducks in line!”, haha!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Listen Elaine – I was too too TOO grateful to have escaped the beak of that creature. I would have signed autographs if the people had of asked me. I was happy to have made it out of there alive. I am such a city girl LOL

  • DZ Dog Mom
    March 16, 2016

    Darn ducks! They are scary when they chase you!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Made me come home and open up a bottle of wine DZ Dog Mom BEFORE 6pm LOL

  • Two French Bulldogs
    March 16, 2016

    Oh my dawg! Thank goodness for mommas!!
    Lily & Edward

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Not this one my Two French Bulldog friends – this momma was getting out of there. The only thing saving Harley & Jaxson was the fact that they were attached to me. LOL

  • Emma
    March 16, 2016

    I personally have chased ducks myself, but never had one chase me. Now, those dreadful Canadian Geese are another story. They are extremely mean and violent. We steer clear of them because they would hurt us for sure. Glad you were all okay and I guess your umbilical belt held up with all the twirling just fine!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Emma – I think we will stay clear of ducks, geese, chickens and the like!

  • Jackie Bouchard
    March 16, 2016

    Too funny! Love the “that was scary” photo. Rita normally hates birds and chases them, but we’ve never encountered a duck before! Not sure how that would play out – probably about the same…

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Jackie that was a true “that was scary” face – believe me.

  • Verna
    March 16, 2016

    Careful, Cathy. We still love you and family!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      We love you too Verna! Miss everyone!

  • Spencer the Goldendoodle
    March 16, 2016

    I was chasing geese the last couple of days, but I never been chased by ducks before! Stay safe my doodle pals!!! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      From what everyone says – Geese sound more terrifying than ducks! You’re a brave doodle Spencer!

  • JeanneP of bichonpawz
    March 17, 2016

    Our mama had a similar experience…but we were not with her! The pictures were hilarious. Mama was not laughing…

    Stopping by to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      And a very green Happy St. Patties Day to you too cutie pie. Tell your Mama I said it is just fine for her to laugh at our story, I laughed at myself #onceIwasinthecar

  • Lindsay
    March 17, 2016

    They always have is in stitches, don’t they? As you told the story, I imagined it all unfolding. What a day. 🙂 have a wonderful Thursday my friend. xo

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Some of my best days involve Harley & Jaxson. They are the best for comedic relief. I could have done without the duck though LOL Have a wonderful Friday Lindsay, and please don’t forget to vote for us and Charleston in the Go Pet Friendly March Madness tournament for the Best City for Pet Travelers #prettyplease

  • Sheila
    March 17, 2016

    Shockingly enough, this has happened to my pooch and I as well. I guess ducks have a standoffish demeanor when it comes to walking around their territory.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Shelia it was my first true “up close and personal” experience with a duck attack. Scary stuff.

  • Pamela
    March 17, 2016

    Oh my, I hope you never meet a goose in your travels. Because ducks are gentle pacifists compared to geese. Even the Canada ones aren’t so polite.:)

    BTW, I was the first person to vote for Charleston and they’re pulling away from Nashville. #nocompetition

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2016

      Thanks so much girlfriend! I’m looking to go all the way. Gotta do it for my Honey #theonewithfourlegs

  • Jean Dion
    March 19, 2016

    Hey, I think they showed some amazing Doodle sense! Those ducks can be nasty little critters. I’ve been chased myself! Glad no one was harmed in the making of this blog.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  • Monika & Sam
    March 19, 2016

    Yipes! Glad you are all safe. We have Canadian Geese throughout all the city’s parks and lakes and those bad boys are vicious! We stay away from those guys for that reason.

  • Rebekah
    March 20, 2016

    Duck, duck, run…hahahaha!!!

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