A nine-month-old duck has become a local celebrity in Dorset for her canine capers. Essy, a Cherry Valley duck, thinks she is a dog and even has her own lead to go for walks around Bournemouth.
Owners Steph, 25, and Tony Tufft, 35, take her out with their Staffordshire cross dogs Rachka, two, and DD, four. Mrs Tufft says the duck also goes to the pub and gets “quite put out” if she has to be left behind while the dogs are taken out. “She’s famous throughout Charminster,” Mrs Tufft said.
“She just adores the dogs and is quite the legend in Charminster. She even comes to the pubs with us. She curls up with the dogs to sleep and the dogs are incredibly protective of her, they adore her. “They all clean each other.”
Essy has a bedroom in the airing cupboard but prefers to sleep with the dogs. She also plays in the garden with them and competes for treats.
Steph, 25, a dog groomer who also makes wedding cake figurines, said she has always loved ducks and they’ve had Essy since she was eight weeks old.
Essy was even at their wedding reception in Cornwall in September as a guest of honour, and was also represented as a figurine alongside them and their dogs on their wedding cake.