An Introduction

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Hello from the lake at Defiance Ridge! I've been waiting to introduce myself and tell you my story for a while now, so here it goes. My name is Heath and I'm a very handsome swan (if I do say so myself!) I'm about 17 years old and live on the beautiful grounds of Defiance Ridge Vineyards. My actual home is on the tranquil lake, where I enjoy gracefully paddling around while admiring my lovely surroundings. Occasionally, I'll come out on the banks but for the most part I'm content gliding around the lake. I had a partner named Heather a few years ago but I think a naughty fox snatched her from me. Even though I miss her, I really don't want another partner because we swans mate for life. Speaking of a swan's life, we can live for 30 years, which really surprises a lot of people (including my new owners!) They were worried about me being lonely, but soon discovered that I'm happier being the only swan. However, I don't mind sharing the lake with some of my duck friends, who I happen to be closely related to. I'm also related to Canada geese, but they're very messy and noisy and they really know how to "ruffle my feathers" (all 25,000 of them!) So when they try to visit I discourage them by putting up a fuss and flapping my wings. I'm normally well behaved and friendly though, so there's no reason to fear me (cygnophobia is the fear of swans) since my defensive behavior is mostly show and bluster.

My owners are very proud of me and consider me to be their mascot. I've heard rumors that there are a lot of winery dogs but I think I'm one of very few winery swans. I hope you'll come visit me and I'll show you how magnificent I am!