Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Wee One

Okay, sorry for no big pictures.  Between the low light in the house in general and the red light from her heat lamp, I've not taken a single good shot of her today.  I have caught a few cute ones with my phone though which I posted to Twitter throughout the day, but for anyone not checking the Twitter feed, here are my favorites.


When I picked her up on Monday.  So tiny. 

She was an unplanned lambie and was born smack in the middle of the stock dog trial, early Sunday morning.  Her momma did a good job getting her and her two siblings cleaned up, but this lamb was small and weak and too cramped up in utero so her legs were wonky and when a guest's puppy got loose and ran through the whole flock early that morning she was unable to get up and run away with her momma :-(. 

One of the triplets was able to keep up but by the time they found the other two lambs, one was dead and this lamb was very close.  Annmarie scooped her up and ran her to the house and got her warmed up, tube fed her some colostrum and hoped for the best.

She wasn't able to stand on her own much when I saw her that afternoon, but she definitely looked like a fighter and was giving it all a go.  Annmarie kept her that first night to make sure she wasn't going to crash and burn and I picked her up the next day.


By then she was able to walk around if you helped her up and her back legs, which had been very weak were much, much better.  Her front legs were getting straighter - they'd been a little knuckled over - and by early this morning they were getting her up all by herself :-).  Now she's trying to run and hop about.  And no surprise, her first stop was the stuffed sheep.


She's not a sound sleeper, which I find odd and a bit worrisome.  She's pretty cashed out here but the slightest noise will wake her right up.  I had to change my cell phone ring from it's normal flock of sheep ring because it upsets her when she hears it.  I could be wrong, but I'm afraid when the dog chased all the sheep, that her momma probably called and called for her and not being able to follow...


While winter is not a great time to host a house sheep, our kitchen is the perfect set up.  All linoleum, the large dog crate fits right in next to stove, there's a baby gate in the doorway to the rest of the house and a large island in the middle that is perfect to chase Tilly around ;-). 

32 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Oh, my, she is so very tiny... I hope you can keep her alive. The little coat makes her look like a little doll.

Mandy Pedigo said...

So precious! Keep fighting and growing little one!

Far Side of Fifty said...

My goodness she is Itty Bitty..I hope she survives and flourishes:)

gowestferalwoman said...

oh Sara - if theres ever been a rough go of it that little one has had it - such a rough year for us all, but in the midst of it theres the whispered unspoken word of "live"...

live little one, for all of us.

kindred spirits.

Dreaming said...

She is darling! Such an itty bitty... I'm sending lots of prayers her way, but it sounds like she is quite a fighter.

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

Oh Sara! She is just adorable. I love the little coat. She is so tiny! Hope she gets to sleeping better.

Michelle said...

I'm speechless!

small farm girl said...

One word....Aaaawwwwwww!!!!!!

MarmePurl said...

Sara the life giver..

Marion from Hamburg said...

Oh dear, she is so tiny - and such a rough start into life!I hope she will live and eat and sleep and grow... Wishing you both all the best!

Dicky Bird said...

Oh my, such a tiny one. Praying she makes it! Blessings from Wisconsin. P.S. like the sweatshirt

Anonymous said...

I have been checking your twitter pics and hoping she is doing well. Such an itty bitty! So happy to see her up and moving on her own! Sending good thoughts and wishes to you and her!

Jean - MN

Benita said...

She is beautiful!!! I am cheering her on.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

She is so tiny! Such a beautiful early Christmas present!! Her poor Mama!! Hope she makes it!

kbdoolin said...

Sara,
I'm Cheering for you both. What a hard task to take on and at a busy time of the year. I'll think of you while up feeding my granddaughter in the middle of the night as I know you'll be up feeding a little one as well. There is a special place in heaven for you, I'm certain of it.

Paula said...

So glad she is getting a chance at life... grow, little one, GROW!

Sheepmom said...

If she can thrive anywhere, it would be at your place under your care. She's standing normally looking at the lamb dollies so I think she'll come along, just needs time. A hard start to life, for sure. Hey, you should take a picture a day of her in the same place and do a flip book after 2 months of pics. You'll be astounded!

Anonymous said...

Well, Ms. Sara, most people wish for their two front teeth..or a hippopotamus for Christmas. I personally think that a little "lambie doll" is much better!
Pray for Peace
K

Suz said...

good Lord, I love you and your generous kind loving heart
for these little ones and big ones
.....bless you truly
and keep the photots coming
wish I could help
take a shift
hug you

Shirley said...

When you look out at your flock and see Lila Lambie, and Renny, and Blossom, just picture this one out there with them come spring. Because she will be.

ineedorange said...

What a scary beginning for such a tiny baby!

I agree with you -- she looks like a fighter. I didn't even recognize she was one of those "toy" sheep when I first saw that pic. I was struck by Iris' expression "Uh oh -- here we go again!"

I wonder -- if the only time Bitsy hears sheep noises is if they are very quiet noises and she is getting her bottle? Might be a way to "de-toxify" those noises?

Agreeing with everyone who has said she has landed in the best of places to recover and thrive.

Sending her "you go, girl!" vibes.

Alice said...

What a chaotic beginning to life! Her momma must wonder where she is? I haven't raised lambs, but I have found that having classical music on and pairing it with my movements does wonders to reduce the anxiety associated with unfamiliar sounds.
You are the best momma for this little one, and I am quite sure she is heaven sent.

Denise said...

Oh my what a tiny thing....she has found the right place for the extra TLC she needs. Prayers for the little one!

Marcy said...

Yes, there is no better place for her to be than with you. I can understand how she might have PTS. Thanks for sharing her story.

Lori Skoog said...

Maisie! Now I have a real sense of how tiny she is. The look of a little angel. Hope you are holding up with all the feedings.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good to hear she is hanging in there .... I wonder what she is thinking looking at the stuffed sheep ... and what Iris is thinking, love her expression.

Terry said...

Poor sweet baby. She's in the best of hands now.

Kathy Skinner (Kat) said...

Oh, how sweet! So precious!

Eleanor P said...

She'll be fine! I've had a few over the years that would wake up to any sound. Survival instinct. She may never lose that. Hug her for me!

CathyD. said...

What a scary beginning. Poor mama and babies. I'm sure they all have PTS. I know this wee little one has landed in THE best possible place, but I do wonder about the mommas in these situations. Are they upset, do they grieve, how does it affect them, for very long?
Oh how I wish I could help you with some of those bottles.
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Deb W said...

As with everyone else. I agree that if she has any chance at life, it's being cared for by you. Hoping she will grow, gain strength, and flourish. Are you thinking name yet? (did I miss that part?) or giving it some time?

Ed said...

Where have I been the past week...she is ADORABLE!!! Time to play catchup..:-))

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