2011年6月7日火曜日

no problem then

We are millimetres away from getting the ducklings in the rice paddy. Since my WALAH! post there has been daily tinkering and fiddling and fixing and re-jigging but we are set. Well almost, need to get a feed tray in there, a water container, the cardboard box they will sleep in while small and an old futon. Oh and continue stringing over the field and stamping the net around it but they are all jobs for later.

We had one other worry. There are a lot of dogs in the neighbourhood. No problem. There is one dog in the neighbourhood that gets to go around off leash. Not roaming freely so much as being taken out to the tomato fields and let run loose. And that dog's owner's tomato field is the one we flooded. The one right next to our field.

So co-farmer W and I thought it might be an idea to have a friendly chat with neighbour N. not a warning or anything like that (he is a local bogwig, senior to us in age and most of all a man afterall...) but just to let him know we would have ducks in there.

He's also my houe neighbour so just as I was going up to see neighbour W I saw him washing his car (again- lucky he has any paint left!) and approached:

Hey, nice weather- getting hotter, huh?
Yeah...hehehe. That rice field is working for you!
Yeah, thanks be. It's been quite a job. Sorry about the tomato flooding...
Hehehe no problem. You needed more compacting.
Yeah, quite a job! We're getting there though. The ducklings should be here by the end of the week.
Ahhh, you'll need lots of string to protect them from birds of prey.
Yep. We're going to work on that today. I was worried about dogs though... Would Lemon (the dog) try to get in and chase them?
Lemon? No no no. Lemon's old. And she has diabetes. Can't produce insulin.
Oh nooooo.... she looks so healthy.
Yeah but no energy any more. She won't chase your ducks. No problem. She doesn't even eat meat. She's on a vegetarian diet for her diabetes.

So the dog's a vegetarian? No problem then, right?

5 件のコメント:

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

awesome. hope the dog understands the restrictions of her diet :)

Jane さんのコメント...

LOL! And the 3 year old is on a no cookie diet!?!

Gina さんのコメント...

A vegetarian dog, eh? ; ) Well, hopefully Lemon will leave your little ducklings alone.

Xana さんのコメント...

My girls are looking forward to duckling photos! They want to move to Nagano so that we can get chicks and ducklings, too.

We do have a (non-vegetarian) dog, but I think she would be afraid of ducklings. She is afraid of cats, birds, bugs, parked cars, buildings, and basically everything you can think of other than children, who she loves.

thefukases さんのコメント...

the funniest thing was that the guy was dead serious. W and I tend to think that a dog deprived of meat would likely be more desperate for a bit of duck!

And Xana's dog- you poor skittish little thing! The ducks are so cute I'm sure you'd be ok with them (and them with you!).