Sunday, November 30, 2008

three bags full

Well, there are three individuals who are thrilled the sheepdog is gone and their names are Sal, Marvin, and Maude. With Sarah no longer here they have just lucked out. Since there isn't a dog-in-training on the farm there also isn't a need to replace them with dog broke sheep as fast as I intended. So they've just won a winter at the exclusive Cold Antler Sheep Resort and Spa. A place where second-cut hay is delivered regularly, water is poured on demand, and all the ear scratches and back rubs they can handle are given with wild abandon. I just took this picture outside as the snow was starting to fall. I told the trio that the sheepdog was gone and no longer would they be chased around the pasture or forced to stomp hooves and bleat in anger at the little black beast. I told them they could stay a while longer, probably till I shaved them down in the spring. I think Marvin is actually gloating in that photo, beaming at his stupid luck.

So, giddy sheep is a silver lining, I guess.


Blogger Mare said...

Hi Jenna,
Your sheep DO look happy...I am sorry Sarah didn't work out, and i think you did the best and most loving thing a person could do for all concerned. And i can imagine how hard that was for you. You are such a good person...

November 30, 2008 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have my heart felt sympathies for having to give up your first sheep dog. You really should be proud, though. You put the well being, and happiness of your friend, before that of yourself. It's truly hard to be a finer, or more admirable person then that.

November 30, 2008 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

A lemons to lemonade thought:
Have you considered writing a book about your journey/travails towards getting a farm, sheep, and herding dog? You could keep a private journal and use it to write the story someday.
A book to read: "Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men" by Donald McCaig. I read this many years ago and loved it. You might be able to get it through an inter-library loan.
By the way, I have pre-ordered your book. I hope you do well with it.

December 1, 2008 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you'll indulge me a comment.

Lighten up regarding Sarah. It's a dog that didn't work out. Nothing grander than that. It might be painful, but your situation is not big enough to break any tradition.

Farm life is heartwrending tragedy, pain, 'if only's', and miracles and beauty. It will happen again and again; animals die, wishes don't come true, months of hard work sometimes fruit as a field of rotten mush. This is the intoxicating mix we choose. Do not take it personally, and I recommend you do not project too much humanism onto your animals; they likely are craftier in their own animal-magic than we will ever be in ours.

I intend this in the spirit of sharing some of what I've learned on my path.

December 1, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Moon said...

Your choice was right and your heart is pure. There are more sheep and sheepdogs in your future, my dear. As you well know, "these things happen."

December 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger The Old Man and His Dog said...

I feel the same as you when it comes to people and dogs. I put much more trust in the dog. I feel for you and am sorry it didn't work out with Sarah.

December 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I'm so sorry about Sarah. But I have said before that we are our pets greatest champions when we make the hardest decision to let them go (in any sense of the phrase)because it's the best thing for them. You did right by that dog....and by your heart.

December 1, 2008 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Blueberry Farmer said...

Hey Jenna,

As one who has loved a dog and lost him, I can appreciate how bad you must feel. I am sorry.

On a brighter note I discovered your blog before the holiday and was so taken with your writing style and turn of phrase, I went back to the begining and read the whole thing. I know your book will do well and your career as a writer will take off! Clearly you have skills. Good Luck.

December 1, 2008 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger danahollis said...

I can imagine how hard the decision was for you... I'm sorry it didn't work out.

May 6, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

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