Hi, friends…

I have some very unexpected sad news to report. On Sunday, May 29th, Mom and Dad had to take Franklin to the doctor for a lift to the Rainbow Bridge.

I guess it started on Friday. She wasn’t eating much but Mom noticed she was having trouble walking again (it would come and go every so often). Saturday morning, Mom started messing with leg brace prototypes made from a pool noodle. She had Franklin out for about 45 minutes and even Dad held Franklin for awhile while Mom was putting the braces on. Neither Mom nor Dad noticed anything wrong other than her legs being weak.

Then came Sunday. Mom went out to feed all of the animals and noticed that Franklin didn’t “say good morning” back to her when she said, “Morning, Frankie Pankie”. So she went over to Franklin’s pen and noticed that Franklin looked brown underneath her wings near her tail. Mom went in to look and saw the worst thing…maggots. Franklin must have gotten some kind of bacterial infection and there were bazillions of maggots of all sizes.

Coincidentally, Mom had just read last week in her Pet Duck/Goose Facebook group about a chicken that was rescued with the same problem. She knew exactly what to do: epsom salt soaks to get them out, vetericyn spray on the wound and injectable Tylan 50 antibiotic. After a couple hours of flushing and finding more and more dead tissue, Mom realized that Franklin had been through so much the last year and a half. She realized that she didn’t have the expertise or money to pay for someone’s expertise to fix Franklin. Wounds like the ones Franklin had were going to require a lot of time spent cleaning and disinfecting for weeks to come. Who knows how much pain she was in.

So, Mom did what she could cleaning her up and decided to make her last moments worth living. She thawed out a bunch of peas (Franklin’s favorite) and let Franklin have her fill.


Then, Dad helped her load Franklin up into the back seat of the trucks and Dad drove to the emergency vet while Mom sat in the back loving on her.


On the ride, Mom could tell Franklin was tired. She wasn’t fighting any of Mom’s pets or scratchies.


After about 10 – 15 minutes, they made it to the emergency vet where Dad took this last picture of Mom and Franklin.

Inside, Mom filled out the necessary paperwork and then held Franklin and told her how much she loved her. 5 minutes later, they came out for Franklin for an unwitnessed euthanasia (not Mom’s choice – office policy). Another 5 minutes later, they brought Franklin back out, all wrapped up so Mom could take her home and bury her.

The sky was black when Mom and Dad got home. Luckily Mom had dug Franklin’s grave before they left because she was burying her with thunder and lightning as it was. Shortly after she was done, the sky let loose. There’s always rain at a funeral…

We will miss Franklin so very much but we know she’s with Abigail (her sister) again, and she can walk with no problems.


April 22, 2011 – Franklin (L), Abigail (R)


May 15, 2011 – Abigail (front), Franklin (back)

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About noodle4president

I was a discarded, lost little stray without a house or a family...until my mom found me. Now, I am the happiest, most loved dog in the whole world!

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  1. corkscot says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of Franklin. It is very hard to loss any pet and obviously Franklin was a large part of your family.

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  2. RIP Frankie.You left us too soon and will be remembered with love and eventuay with smiles.


  3. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

    Noodle, We’re real sorry about Franklin. My Margret says to tell your mom she’s giving her a hug. We liked seeing all the pictures and could tell that she was a very special duck.
    ~ nose nudges Belle for the rest of the pups and Kitties and my Margret.

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  4. The Admiral says:

    Oddly enough, I was thinking of you guys today. Then this evening I saw your post. So sorry to hear about Franklin. Noodle, you take care of your folks. Give them a hug from Bear and River and me (so that’s a total of three – not just one.).

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  5. Me, Nellie and Itai are sad to read about Franklin. There seems to be too much sadness in Blogville at the moment.

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  6. We are so sorry to hear this sad news sending you (((hugs))) and love

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  7. Charlie says:

    Crikey Noodle … That’s no good, mate! I’m sorry Franklin had to go to the bridge. He sure was a handsome bloke, aye? I bet he and his sister are happy to be back together again. Cuddles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. We’re so sorry to hear about Franklin. We’re getting ready to post The Daily Bone and we have a funny video about ducks if you want to check it out later. We’re sure it will cheer you up!

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  9. colinandray says:

    It’s always so sad when a “family member” leaves, but one must always remember the fun times. In doing that, Franklin will always be alive in your memories. Be happy that she no longer has the discomfort/pain of health issues. R.I.P. Franklin.

    On Mon, May 30, 2016 at 8:38 PM, The Adventures of Noodle wrote:

    > noodle4president posted: “Hi, friends… I have some very unexpected sad > news to report. On Sunday, May 29th, Mom and Dad had to take Franklin to > the doctor for a lift to the Rainbow Bridge. I guess it started on Friday. > She wasn’t eating much but Mom noticed she was having trou” >

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  10. pilch92 says:

    I am so sorry.

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  11. Oh noes. Noodle, I am so very sorry. I knows your peeps did such a great job helping Franklin, and just knows that she is pain free and havin’ tons of funs with her sis. Give your Moms some slobbery kisses from me, and lots of snuggles and {{{hugs}}}
    Ruby ♥♥

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  12. Grandma says:

    Noodle…..I’m so sad. Frankie was the first grandduck that I ever loved from afar. I always made sure to see her when I came up to visit. I’m going to miss her. Love…..Grandma❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Hi Grandma! Maybe great-grandma is giving her pets. And and and I bet if she’s quacking, great-grandma is threatening to turn her into soup like Mom said she used to do with Niki. BOL!


  13. So sorry for your loss. Goodbye Franklin.


  14. I’m so sorry for your Franklin…. I understand how hard it was for your ma and pa to say good bye to a member of your furmily…. Hugs to you all…

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  15. We are so very sad for you……..Franklin certainly tried very hard after she began having problems walking but you really tried to help her – more than many would have because love kept you going AND kept her going…..She had the BEST life possible with you and of that there is no doubt. She’s at peace now with her sister….that’s a nice thought. Keep it in your heart.

    Love, Pam (and Sam)

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  16. So very, very sorry to hear your sad news.
    Sending you all lots of luffs and hugs
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  17. RIP, Franklin. You were a good egg. (See what I did there?) and a brave, courageous guy throughout. Mom and I said prayers for your family to heal. You were well-loved by many.

    Love and licks,

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  18. gahlearner says:

    I’m so sorry.

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  19. We are so very sorry to hear about Franklin, Noodle. Godspeed♥

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  20. Me says:

    I’m so sorry to read about this, that must have been horrific. I loved hearing about Franklin, you gave him such an amazing life xxx

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  21. Mrs P says:

    I’m so so so very sorry 😦

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  22. fredrieka says:

    Oh Noodly Doodly this is such sad news. Franklin is probably chasing Esther the goat right now. Old Cissy and Bonnie are barking at the chase

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  23. Frankie and Ernie says:

    We are so VERY MUCH SORRY to hear that Franklin was called to the Bridge……
    Swim free and Waddle

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  24. speedyrabbit says:

    Awww poor baby,so sad,but she is whole and pain free now,hugs and snuggles to you all xx Rachel and Speedy

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  25. With tears flowing down my face, I’m just sick about this and ‘liking’ it in WP seems particularly awful. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fly free, Franklin and if you see my girl Puck, ignore her being a pill on the Bridge. That’s just her way. She really was a great dog but could be a handful, especially with Canadian geese at the park. But she had a big, big heart, so please embrace her. ღ

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  26. Deziz World says:

    Oh Noodle we’re so sorry ’bout Franklin. We’re sendin’ lots and lots of purrayers.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and mommy A

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  27. Nylabluesmum says:

    Deer Lady Samantha an Mistur Greg yur thee BESTEST Pawentss efurr!!! You did all you could fur Franklin duck an shee luvved youss’ to thee berry end.
    Yur rite now shee is with Abbygail an they are restored to health inn Pure Land; free an happy an still luvvin all of you there.
    LadyMum sends lotss of {{{{hugsss}}}} to both of you an Noodle mee Moodle mee sends ****paw patsss**** an purrs of comfert….
    ~~~head rubsss~~~ Siddhartha Henry~~~

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  28. nordhuesn says:

    We just read all this and are wishing you and your family (2 and 4 footed) all the best. Franklin was the first duck we knew of in blogville – or anywhere else for that matter. We know the pain of losing a family member, but you can rest easy that he knew he was loved so very much. licks and hugs from all of us.

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  29. We are very sorry to hear that your very much loved duck Franklin has left you. Hugs and paw taps from Kosmo, a cat in faraway Finland, and his parents.

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  30. cocoabean2225 says:

    I am so sorry. It is so hard to lose a furry friend. Sending you hugs and prayers.

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  31. I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. We are all thinking of you.
    Love Tess, Monty and Chicken 🐾

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  32. Piglove says:

    Words just can’t not express how sorry we are to read this my friend. We are sending you bunches of hogs and snout kisses during this difficult time ((HUGS)) XOXO – Bacon

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  33. Sully says:

    Sorry for the families loss. Waddle free Franklin.

    Aroo to you,

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  34. LB Johnson says:

    I am so very very sorry. You did the right thing to end Franklin’s pain and giving lots of love up to the end.

    Abby T. Lab

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  35. hello noodle its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am sorry to heer that franklin had to go to the bridj!!! normaly i wood say run free but this time i wil say fly free franklin!!! fly free and fly far!!! ok bye

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