It’s a well-known fact that boys develop extremely close relationships with their dogs.
Their furry sidekicks are right by their sides during baseball games and fishing trips, and even though they can’t tag along to school, you’ll often find them waiting at the bus stop with eyes shining in anticipation. Nibbles does all this and more. But here’s the thing: Nibbles is a duck.
Nibbles was born in the summer of 2014, and since he actually hatched in Jonny’s hand, the 9-year-old was the first person he laid eyes on. Which meant, of course, that the newborn Rouen duck immediately imprinted on his big brother, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Stand down, dog. I’ve got this.
Jonny suffers from a variety of issues, including ADHD, anxiety and OCD, his mom Jamie Toschi writes on their Facebook page, “The Adventures of Jonny and Nibbles,” so having that special bond with another living, breathing creature is incredibly important.
Having Nibbles by his side has helped Jonny tremendously. Jonny is more outgoing, socializes better and daily tasks are not so constricting now. Although he stills likes some things done a certain way, he has learned to deal with changes in a better way.
Nibbles has helped soothe him in meltdowns and he has fewer of them now. Nibbles needs Jonny just as much. Because of the imprint Nibbles has on Jonny, Nibbles sees himself as a human, not as a duck. Nibbles prefers the company of humans. Jonny in particular.
He sees Jonny as his best friend, brother, partner and soul mate. Jonny holds the key to Nibbles survival. They’d be lost without each other.
When a dog’s waiting for his special person to get out of school, they prance around and pant and jump up and down with excitement. Nibbles obviously can’t do all that, but he still gets excited and shows it as only a duck can: by wiggling his tail feathers around and quacking loudly.
But he doesn’t have the social grace to move over and make way for Jonny and his sister when Mom comes to pick them up; his place is right next to his boy, so she’ll just have to climb over him if she wants to get in.
In addition to the Facebook page, Jamie documents this sweet friendship on their YouTube channel, “Jonny and Nibbles.” You can’t watch these clips without at least considering running down to your local pet and feed store and getting a little duckling of your own!
Nibbles really does seem to think he’s a dog trapped in a duck’s body, the way he nuzzles up against Jonny at home. As Jonny’s concerned, Nibbles is the best friend he’s ever had and it’s clear in the video below that the feeling is mutual.
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