Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dogs and Ducks: Love or Hate?

Waiting to become a hamburger.
In today's post, we will attempt to answer a burning question that mankind has been struggling to answer for many centuries: Do dogs and ducks love each other, or are they ruthless enemies that will do anything they can to destroy each other?
But before we get to that, we wanted to comment on this story that we stumbled across while surfing the internets earlier today:
Cambodian police take cow into custody
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - A Cambodian cow was taken into police custody for causing traffic accidents that resulted in the deaths of at least six people this year, a police official said Tuesday.
The cow's owner could also face a six-month prison term under a new traffic law that holds people responsible for accidents caused by their animals, said Pin Doman, a police chief on the outskirts of Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.
The white, 5-foot tall cow was standing in the middle of a main road Monday night when a 66-year-old motorcyclist crashed into the animal and died. Most Cambodian roads are dark at night.
Earlier this year, the same cow was responsible for another traffic accident that resulted in the death of five people and several injuries, when a truck veered off the road and crashed as its driver tried to avoid the animal.
Pin Doman said he was holding the cow at his police station.
He said the cow's owner had been warned four times in the past to keep his cattle leashed and could face prison time if relatives of those who died initiate legal proceedings.
So many questions come to mind: Does the cow get its own cell, or does it share a room with other inmates? If so, does the cow get the top bunk or the bottom bunk? If the cow is to be executed, does it get to eat whatever it wants for its final meal? What about visitation? Can its cow relatives come to see it? Did the cow get mug shots taken?
Now, to be fair to the cow, we assume the cow will receive a trial by jury. Since people should be tried by "a jury of their peers", does this mean they will file in 12 barnyard animals to decide on a verdict? Can the cow decline the option of legal counsel, and choose to represent itself in the court of law?
And how about the judge? Shouldn't they pick a vegetarian to preside over the proceedings, seeing as a meat-eating individual could be biased by the delicious qualities of the cow, and unjustly order it to death by BBQing?
So many important questions, it makes your head spin...

Love or hate?

While, at first glance, it may seem that dogs and ducks have little or no relationship, the truth is much more complicated than that.

Some of you may note that dogs are commonly used in duck hunting. While this is certainly true, would this have any bearing on the complex interpersonal relationship between the duck and the canine? Would the duck hold a grudge against the dog for assisting its human master in the hunt? The answer probably isn't as simple as that.

So, we turned to youtube for answers. As usual, we live by the motto "If you can't find something worthwhile on youtube, you probably aren't trying hard enough."

Well, in this video, while they definitely seem to be annoying each other, it is tough to decide with any certainty whether they love or hate each other:

Ok, so the question is not answered yet. This next video, which also shoes a duck and dog interacting, seems to indicate that they do not get along as well as one might think:

But, when we saw this last video, the question was answered once and for all. After watching this video, we were convinced that dogs and ducks, underneath all that barking and quacking, really do have a soft spot in their hearts for each other.



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