Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bath-time for the geriatric one!

So yesterday, I decided it was high time Lenny the blind, geriatric (27 yo!) OSPCA rescue duck had a bath...



"You're not looking your best, Lenny!"

Now, I am fully aware that ducks know how to bathe themselves BUT my flock of mostly Muscovy ducks doesn't have much access to swimming water during the cold winter months. And Muscovy ducks don't need to bathe as much as some other breeds do.

Lenny was way overdue and smelling distinctly musty, sooo...


...into the tub he went, and might I add, VERY happily!


He swam and splashed for half an hour before I finally dragged him out.


Then of course I needed to get him dry. It was cold out last night and I didn't want the old boy catching a chill.



He didn't seem to mind the towels, but they weren't enough to soak up all the water, sooo...


..out came the hairdryer! No, this is not the first time I have blow-dried a duck. Watch here if you need proof.


Lenny was looking QUITE handsome by the time I finished. And yes...



... there's video! :) Excuse me for sounding yet again like a babbling lunatic. This always happens when I talk to my animals.

And yes, I scoured the tub afterwards.

39 comments:

  1. Lol. Don't try this with a cat.... :)

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    1. Haha that would be a whole other video with a lot more blood!!!

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    2. Actually we have done it with a cat after a big messy accident with her bowels and after a second or so of panic she absolutely loved the warm water. She just went limp and started purring. Came up lovely and white and sweet-smelling.

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    3. Awww that's great!!!

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  2. quack, quack... so cute :)

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  3. That is one happy duck!

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  4. We never realized ducks could live to be that old!

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    1. Me neither, but then I read that Mallards can live to 20 in the wild! Our Warren the Muscovy is now 9.

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  5. You are so good with animals! Looks like he enjoyed that bath.

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    1. It was fun watching him. He seemed so happy!

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  6. LOL He is adorable! I loved the video. I'm a babbling lunatic too.. you should hear me talk to my kitty.. :D

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one!!!

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  7. This duck is spoiled rotten. I guess with his age, his feathers are not in great condition as the oil should keep the feathers from getting soaking wet.

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    1. I think he was also really overdue for a bath, and the bath stimulated him to give himself a good preening. He's looking much better now!

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  8. Oh my GOSH !! that was soo cute ! Looks like Lenny liked his bath and blow dry ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  9. Lenny looks SO proud after his bath!..... does he remember how truly handsome he was/is??

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    1. I wonder! He is still attractive to some of the lady ducks, who like to sit with him!

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  10. I liked the pictures, but I LOVED the video.

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    1. aawww glad you liked listening to me babble like a lunatic! :)

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  11. That is one happy duck! It is nice to see him enjoy his bath so much.

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    1. It made me glad I brought him in. He was having a blast.

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  12. Loved the pictures... and the video! Lenny is one lucky duck.

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    1. He's quite the little character! Amazing how he gets around with no vision.

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  13. Phew... When I saw the title I though it was going to be about your old man Gordon getting a bath (yet still I clicked out of morbid fascination...)

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    1. Hahahah he is slightly cleaner than the duck!

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  14. You are such a dear person, Natalie. We just love you. And, of course, Lenny the duck too. Smooches on his pretty yellow beak!

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    1. I will carefully deliver those smooches, ensuring that Lenny is not able to latch onto my nose in the process! :)

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  15. He looks like he's smiling! Who wouldn't? :)

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    1. Doesn't take much to make a little old duck happy!

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  16. Look how pretty green and shiny his head is after that bath! And from the look of the water - yep - he needed one!

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    1. He was overdue! I've already booked him in for his next spa treatment!

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  17. Your blog is simply a delight. Always. Loved this post. : )

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    1. Aww I'm glad you like the blog! :)

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  18. Pretty obvious he loved the water, though I have to say I was really surprised that Lenny seemed to enjoy the blow dryer as well. He's a handsome duck for such an old guy!

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    1. I think he was very much loved at his former home. They were an elderly couple who had to give him up for health reasons of their own.

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  19. Love this! I especially love how he helped out the dryer by spreading his wings!

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    1. He really seemed to enjoy the warm air!

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  20. What a great idea for Lenny - his own personal spa! Glad you've booked him for another, he really enjoyed himself, and he looks so handsome for an old bird.

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