Friday, October 12, 2012

A Nice Sheep

When Marcel first got here he was still a ram. A young ram, but a ram lamb who occasionally had a bit of one of those looks that said, when I get older, I might not be a real nice guy. It happens. Rams are not pets. We didn't want Marcel as a breeding ram though so a quick 'tutering' took care of that. Wethers (castrated rams) make GREAT pets :-).

When Marcel got sick this summer he was really hard to catch to doctor. I was a bit surprised about that because he's one of the sweetest, friendliest, best behaved sheep we have, but when you don't feel good, you don't feel good and you sure don't want someone to make you feel worse, even if they are just trying to help.

After a couple of days though, when he started to get better, I think he figured it out and that afternoon he came over and leaned on me and just stayed there for a good while. Ewenice used to do that too and I swear it's a sheep hug. I think Marcel was apologizing.  That would be something Marcel would do.  He's that kind of sheep.

Yesterday I had to move the flock away from a freshly painted fence, so I took them out into the arena.  That's their "treat field" and as soon as you open the gate, everyone runs out to gobble down the same grass that's all over the farm extra special grass.  Marcel did too...for awhile.  But then he came over to see what I was doing.


"Are you over here all by yourself?!?"


I wasn't.  Hank was right next to me and Betsy was on my lap, but Marcel loves Hank as much as he does me so he joined the group.


And then he came around to my other side so he could get a little closer.  Marcel's a "close talker" ;-).


See the rest of the sheep?  See how odd it is that Marcel would leave them to come over and stand by me?  Even Blossom is out there somewhere, gobbling down grass far away, oblivious to her momma sitting out in the paddock with her.  Sweet Marcel.


"Marcel, stop sniffing me and go away!  I was here first."

18 comments:

I need orange said...

Awww. What a good guy! :-)

Lori Skoog said...

Sweet indeed. The arena looks great!

Alice said...

Extra treats for Marcel being such a good buddy:-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Marcel thinks every day is Hug A Sheep Day.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are sitting in heaven!!
Love Marcel's eyes and how he is looking at you- awesome!! So moving - to think that he feels an attachment to you :-}} He must have really been hurting before you helped to make him well.
A kitty, a pooch and a sheep!! You are BLESSED!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

BTW- Marcel has a beautifully marked face :-}}

Marcy said...

Marcel is so beautiful. Glad he recovered.

Lee Anna said...

He is, indeed, a sweet creature! How lucky you are to have him in your life.

Mary said...

What a sweet, wonderful woolly man! I love Marcel, though i've never met him. Many hugs his way! He thinks you are an excellent 'sheep mom'! :)

Sheepmom said...

I'm so glad Marcel went to live with you where he gets the attention and petting he craves and deserves. You are being an awesome mom to him and he loves you back. :-)

And he doesn't lack for cat sniffing at your place, either!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

How sweet is this!! He must've thought you needed a friend and a hug!!

I hope you're doing well, and enjoy your weekend!

Christine said...

My Sophia would always do that. Like she wanted to have a private moment with me. So sweet.

Sue said...

It is fun when they decide on their own to spend quality time with you. I just "tutered" all my ram lambs from this spring. They don't like me much at the moment, but that will pass. Too much pretty wool to want to send them to auction. This way they'll get to stick around as fiber beasties!

gowestferalwoman said...

I really needed to read your post tonight. kind of a "puppies and kitties i need to see to make things better" night... and your post did that for me. thank you friend!


And hug Marcel for me when he lets you ;)

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

marcel! Who knew?! I love those last two pics especially. I wish I had known you when we were raising sheep, and my boys were young... i would have had a much SWEETER time, and i would have taken MORE time... and WAY MORE pics. Very sweet. Awesome!

Terry said...

What a sweetheart!

Benita said...

I love it when sheep lean on you. I think it means that they like you, kinda like a cat weaving around your legs or a dog sitting on your foot. :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a view in that last photo..what fun:)

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