Sometimes, when all it seems that life has to offer are dark clouds, all it takes to chase them away is for a new friend to walk into our lives - or in this instance, waddle.

About two years ago, almost to the day, a dog named George lost his very best friend, a Labrador named Blackie. The two had been inseparable for the last 12 years! From that moment on, says George's owner, Jacquie Litton, he's been inconsolable - overwhelmed with grief. George had become so depressed that she wasn't even sure that he'd survive the heartbreak it caused.

But then something changed all of that.

Without warning, earlier this month, a very friendly duck just showed up on the porch of their Tennessee home - and seemed to be drawn right away to sad old George.

And from the looks of it, the web footed stranger was exactly what poor George was in need of.

"We have no idea where this duck came from but he sure does love George and since the duck has arrived George has not cried one time," wrote Litton on a Facebook post.

"It is strange for a duck to just appear at our house and be attached to your dog and even more strangely the anniversary week of Blackie's passing."

From the moment they saw each other, George and the duck were inseparable. Litton even allowed the new arrival to sleep inside with George.

And sweet George even gave up his bed.

The duck has only been with George for about a week now, but already the pooch has benefited from the happiness that having a best friend has given him. In a way, he's just like his old self again.

"Since the duck has showed up, he's been fine," said Litton in a news interview. "He's not wanted in the house. He's not whined. He's not meeting you at the car, ya know, looking sad."

It's difficult to know for sure what caused this duck to want to form a bond with a sad and lonely dog - but seeing the two of them together, there isn't any doubt in my mind that it was something that was just meant to be!

Take a look at the video below to hear the story of George and his new buddy, the duck!

Well, I'll be... I don't know about you, but right about now I'm wondering if animals can be reincarnated!

What an amazing story! I'm so happy for sweet George that he's got a new friend that he can pal around with. And the duck is obviously very happy to have George in his life!

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