June 17, 2014

I lost my little one

Two days ago I strolled out to the barn to give the lambs their bottles but when I looked into their pen, I saw that Shady Grove lay lifeless on the ground. 
You cannot imagine my horror, and then unrelenting grief and sadness.
Jason buried her across the road, on the pretty hillside full of waving grass and wildflowers.
I cried the entire day, I loved her so much, and when I awoke the next day I had more tears. My sadness was so, so great.
If you have had animals of any kind, then you know each one has a distinct personality. Sheep are no exception. Shady Grove was my little love; my sweet gentle girl, always cuddling up to me when I sat in the pasture and resting her head on my leg. She often tried to climb into my lap for hugs even when she was obviously way too big. She smiled a big goofy grin when I scratched under her chin. Oh, my heart is so broken.
We don't know why she died. The previous day she was frolicking in the grass with Noble and Turnip; nothing would have suggested anything was wrong. Such is the way of life I suppose. Things are often sudden and unexpected. I know that, but it doesn't make it any easier to accept.

Shady Grove when she was just one week old. Such a sweet and gentle soul.


  1. Oh no Samantha I am so heartbroken for you. I wonder if she ate something. Better keep a close eye on the rest of them. So sorry :-((

    1. All the rest are perfectly fine..Shady Grove always seemed a bit less spunky than the other lambs, and had a persistent cough which I had been treating with antibiotics. I don't know if she got her colostrum in her first days..possibly not. I often wondered if she would live long,, There was this voice of knowing in the back of my mind I suppose, but of course I ignored it, as I loved her so much.

  2. AnonymousJune 18, 2014

    Oh, Samantha, I am so sorry to hear that. What an awful shock that must have been, to have happened with no warning to an apparently healthy sheep. I know much you care for your animals. Try to find some solace in knowing that she had a wonderful life while she was with you - definitely not treated like "just a sheep".

  3. oh my goodness, I am just so so sorry to hear this. I know how devastating losing a beloved animal friend is. Hugs to you.

    1. I didn't see your sweet comment until just now. Thank you xo


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