Monday, April 16, 2012

23 and 24

Friday was a rough day.......we had to attend a visitation for a 9 yr old boy that did not survive a 4 wheeler mishap, and it was the hardest visitation that I've ever had to attend.  You can imagine the turmoil my emotions were afterward, and we came home to Dot in distress.  She was having strong contractions and it was obvious that she had been having them a little while,  I got the flash light and investigated further and found that she wasn't making any progress at all.  After a lot of nail biting and considerable effort on Dot's part, I managed to pull out a fairly large ram lamb, Dot is not a large ewe.  Dot was exhausted, but she was ok and the ram lamb just shook his head a bit and I grabbed a towel to get him somewhat clean and then placed him by mom's nose and she immediately started mothering him.  Fast forward 30 minutes....I now have a nursing lamb and happy mom, so I head for hay and water and when I return there's a very tiny ewe lamb that's joined the party.
That marks the first Shetland birth that has needed my assistance in any way, and I'm hoping it's my last.  I was emotionally spent by the end of Friday when I stumbled to the house about 12:30 am.  And the whole time I'm heading back up the hill to the house I'm thinking "I have 3 pregnant ewes to lamb yet".  (grin)
And the other thought I had as I was sitting and waiting was.......Birth and Death, we never know when either is going to occur.  
Dot with Tina Turner and Buddy Holly about 12 hrs after giving birth.
Kimberwood Dot X Sheltering Pines Bug

Buddy Holly on the right and Tina Turner on the left 

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