Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Olive-my new BFF

First, I just want to say thanks so much for all the kind words and encouragement regarding Audrey. I almost didn't confess the part about spaying her now because I was afraid it would really offend some people. (And it probably did, but I didn't hear from those folks.) We did think about it and weigh all the options and truly felt it was the best choice for Audrey and our situation. She is making progress. Some days it's hard to tell if we are going forward or backward! So, we'll just take it a day at a time!

Now, regarding that BFF---at this point in time the friendship is pretty much one-sided. I like her, but she's not that crazy about me.......unless I have a bottle in my hand. Olive is one of the triplets that belong to Miss Bossy and she's been getting the short end of the milk ration. If I could catch her, she would suck a bottle down in no time. The big trick was catching her. Miss Bossy is my nut-case. She's got a beautiful fleece and produced triplets as a two year old, first time lambing. Still, she makes me crazy. She's flighty and causes disruption in the whole flock. Whenever I get near her, she tramples everyone in sight to get away from me---including her own lambs. As far as I'm concerned, she's on borrowed time! Yesterday I decided I'd had enough of the lamb rodeo and brought Olive to the house. Her current home is in a big box in the sunroom (which she managed to jump out of 5 minutes after I put her in there). I'm hoping after a few days of TLC and having a tummy full of warm milk on a regular basis, I'll be able to win her over. I've never brought a lamb this old into the house to become a full time bottle baby, so stay tuned. This could be interesting!


  1. Olive has a very sweet face - I have no doubt you'll win her over!

    Nancy in Iowa

  2. Olive is so cute!

    I meant to leave a comment about AUdrey on your last entry. I think you are absolutely doing the right thing - I know someone who recently adopted an adult dog from a shelter. She'd just weaned a litter of puppies and was in terrible condition. If the shelter had done what you are doing, she'd probably have ended up with a lot fewer health problems.

  3. She'll be calling you Maaaaa in no time! Sweet little thing.


  4. I loved seeing Olive on your lap while you were knitting yesterday. You are a true shepherdess!

  5. Good luck with Olive...I'm sure you will do just fine with her. You did the right thing for her a chance to a happy life. Keep us posted.

  6. You are a good sheep momma and I've eaten your cooking. She'll come around in NO TIME ;-).