Ms. Bailey Blue, Pond Princess and Dock Diva, reporting.
I have come to the most disturbing conclusion that Buster, endowed with little more than his diminutive, testosterone-soaked brain, nevertheless garners far more than his legitimate share of attention.
Regard this hapless specimen! What unseen force could create the impression of general affability and sweetness? Yet HE gets to accompany his human slaves on almost ALL the walks...
He gets MOST of the boat rides. And he's a sloppy mariner at that!
He is always being swept up and cuddled by some human! One would think he possessed some ineffable aura of appeal; I do not understand what they see in him.
Observe the casual insouciance with which he navigates the Chemin de Fougères!
And what do I, Supreme Princess of the Pond, get?
Buster's rather ample tail!
Well, I confess, it IS a somewhat attractive tail, as far as that part of the anatomy goes...
There remains but one creature on the Pond with a greater quotient of arrogant self-assurance in contrast to his rather gawky appearance.
You guessed it: Big Bird, our Great Blue Heron!