Taffy kisses Ohren as Alice bats at his tail.
It seems like only yesterday we were rejoicing in the birth of our twins, Ohren and Barron. We’d come home from parent teacher conferences in the afternoon to find Taffy with her first born, Ohren, and managed to capture the birth of Barron on camera.
You’ve seen them grow up, watched the flock size increase, and been appropriately sappy at all the right times.
Which is why it’s so hard to tell you that yesterday we lost Ohren. He began to fall behind his brother’s growth rate this past month. I bring fecal samples to the vet on a quarterly basis to see if we’ve got any big parasite loads that need attention, and this year we did really well. In fact, the last sample showed us 100% free of any little monsters. And since the twins had been on fresh pasture most of their life, they shouldn’t have had an issue.
Ohren and Luke
We’ve had some pretty nasty weather here lately and it can wreak havoc on the immune system. Luke had pneumonia last week. He just up and started coughing and had a super snotty nose. He’s been with my friend Margery, who felt horrible because, of course, he’s not her sheep and he got so sick. Thankfully, no one else down there got it. I kept an eye on my boys here for any signs, but everyone seemed fine.
Yesterday, however, Ohren was struggling. He’d gone from bright eyed and healthy to lethargic overnight. No snotty nose or cough, but he was slow to get up, weak in the hind end. Once he got up he walked over to the hay without any problem. Since there wasn’t a cough or anything else visible, and since I was already late for my daily appointments, I tossed the sheep their feed and took off. Upon returning home, however, I found him down under a tree and unable to get up.
And this is the harsh side of farm life. We love them while they’re here, and we love them enough not to put them through days of IV fluids and medications. A friend of mine brought her ever so sensitive husband over and he put Ohren out of his misery. Hard on us…best for our Little O…