This Duck and Malamute Odd Couple Go Everywhere Together

Posted by Krissy Howard

Interspecies bonds are a delight to witness, and this pair of friends is no exception.

The unlikely pairing of a 12-year-old Malamute named Max and 4-year-old duck named Quackers is a tale that will warm your heart.

After losing his friend Sasha, a husky who lived with Max's owners, the Rileys, Max was alone. However, when the Rileys welcomed some newborn ducklings into their lives, Max met Quackers, who had also lost some friends.

"He was without any friends," said Patrick Riley in an interview with WCCO CBS Minnesota. "And so Max would sit next to his pen all the time and I think they just kind of bonded that way. After we let them out, they just never left each other's side."

So what are their favorite ways to pass the time together? Walking side-by-side through their tiny, 25-person town of Strout, Minnesota, and sitting alongside the highway in their favorite patch of grass.

"...they eat together, they drink together, they go for walks together down the road," explains Kristen Riley. "Everything is together."


Residents know to look out for the duo, and some have said they hope to catch a glimpse of the unlikely pair while out and about, as it's always a sure way to brighten up any day.

What do you think of this odd couple? Let us know in the comments!

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This Duck and Malamute Odd Couple Go Everywhere Together