Monday, February 24, 2014

Another Whirlwind Weekend

We don't leave the farm much.  While a nice long relaxing vacation would be fun, it's stressful to leave animals behind and honestly, I'm probably a hard core homebody anyway.  When I do leave, it's usually just for a day or so and when we get home, we just look at each other and say, whew, another crazy trip ;-).

This past weekend we trekked out to New York.  One of the highlights of almost every trip out that way is stopping at Skoog Farm to visit with Gary and Lori and their crew.  For those of you who read Lori's blog and think "How does she do all that?" and "Is it really that awesome there?" I can happily report that first,  I have no clue, and second, yes, it most definitely is :-).  

From there we headed to Nistock Farms to visit our other New York family...and add to our Kentucky family.  Meet Burr-nie (name probably to be changed so he can completely escape his awful start in life).  You can read his story on their blog.  

Robin and Andy have done a fantastic job bringing him back to health, but as he's so much smaller than any of their sheep that they didn't have anyone to buddy him up with, we decided to bring him here so he could buddy up with our "lambs" (Chocula, Daniel, Hershey and Maisie) and begin to build the family he needs so much.

Sheep are flock animals.  How he survived his deplorable situation in the first place and all alone and only a few months old on top of it, I just don't know.  I hate to think, as he fought and scavenged for food, somehow dodged coyotes and probably hawks who were plucking chickens from the air (he's horribly scared of stuff moving over his head), how much he missed his family.  He is the most scared/jumpy sheep I've ever been around.


"I'm doing okay now though.  Those nice people rescued me and gave me lots of food and taught me to eat cookies and then I went on a long car ride and now I'm in a new barn with lots of food and this new lady says I'm going to have lots of brothers and sisters and I can learn not to be so scared anymore and pretty soon it's going to be warm enough they can shave off all my burr filled wool.  I think that sounds pretty good."


"Hey, what's over there?"


"Holy moly!  There's a whole room here filled just with food!  And that bag has some of the food from my old farm in it.  I love that food and I'm glad I still get to eat it for awhile longer!"

"I guess I'll go over and meet my new family."


"Yeah, I came from Nistock Farms.  How do you know them?  Oh, you came from there too?  Wow!"


"My name's Maisie.  When are you going to get to come out and play with us?"


He'll have to stay separated from the girls for a few more weeks since he just got 'tutered a couple weeks ago.  I've explained to Chocula and Daniel that they are going to be in charge of taking him under their wings and making him feel welcome.  The three boys are going to move back into their lamb stall and side field until everything settles down.  We feel comfortable doing that right away and letting everyone sniff noses because he's already quarantined at Nistock's and received a clean bill of heath :-). 


19 comments:

Auntie Reg said...

I love him already. He looks like he want to be friends. Glad he likes cookies. The lady in the big red coat needs to visit. Hope red does not scare him. You guys are the best for bringing him to KY.

Lori Skoog said...

He looks great Sara and I'm sure he will be very happy in Punkin's Patch. Did he sleep at all on the way home? I'm sure Auntie Reg will be on her way over to meet him very soon. He is one lucky boy!

amyfibre said...

Oh hurray! Love these kind of stories. Welcome, little guy. You landed in the bestest of places!

Ann Werner said...

I read about Burrnie on the Nistock blog and I was hoping you would take him in! I am so glad he is on your farm--I know he will get the best care possible.

LannieK said...

Awww, Sara, you and St Tim are awesome!
What a cutie he is! What a lucky lamb :-) "The Guys" will take him under their wings and teach.. him....
Hummmm.....
Yea, it'll be okay!

Michelle said...

Welcome to the newest family member! I think Bernie – or Bernard – would be a great name. No point in confusing him with a new-sounding name. I hope he likes Hank!

Alice said...

Oh he is adorable! I happy for you that he is 'teutered already. He is smart about cookies and that will give him an edge over newbies who have come and not learnt that lesson yet. No doubt he will be an honor student. Congratulations on your new addition! How blessed are both you and Burrnie ;-)

Susan said...

He has definitely come to the best sheepie place in the world. In no time, he will be 'fluffy' and happy with friends and cookies and lots of love. Lucky guy.

Stephen Andrew said...

You guys are like the sheep publishers clearing house! I'm so happy for him.

Marcy Doane said...

I'm so happy to see Burr-nie doing so well. I read about him in December. I can't imagine a more loving place for him to be.

Christine said...

Love Stephen's comment.

I feel a rags-to-riches name is in order. Perhaps Pip, from Great Expectations.

KC said...

Congratulations to him and you!

Miha Giustina said...

Awwwww... these pictures melt my heart!

I remember the Nistock Farm post about him when they rescued him. What a lucky little boy he is! Cannot wait to follow his sheepie adventures:-)

Hugs to the "Burr"-boy!

Michelle said...

How wonderful that he has found your farm for a home. Where he will be loved and well cared for.

Jane B. said...

I have to tell you I bawled like a baby when I read this post and saw Burr-nie's beautiful face. It makes me so angry when I hear about animal abuse/neglect! I gave my kitten Piper an extra tight hug -- which she saw as "abuse" since it was distracting her from watching the outdoor cats!! I know that you, Tim, and your animal family will more than make up for love lost in B's early life.

Jo said...

OMW, I followed you here from Lori's (Skoog Farm) blog. I agree it always looks AWESOME there (especially so for the horses and poochies) and I, for one, always ask Lori how she manages all she does in one day! Then to be linked by her to this wonderful blog of yours, OMW, Sara, I am SO pleased to meet another animal lover (who does things for them) and adding myself as a follower. I'm an advocator of animal rights (sorely needed ALL over Africa, even in First World South Africa, where our permanent home is) and cannot imagine that sheep can be abused/neglected/in need of rescuing. I'm off to read Burrnie's story now. Greetings from Jo (presently living in Tanzania, East Africa)

Sheryl at WovenDreamsFarm said...

Having rescued over a dozen animals ourselves over the years, I can certainly appreciate and thank you for rescuing Berrnie. Its too bad there are so many animals who need rescuing but Thank You to all who do this. And Berrnie is so adorable. If I didn't live in north Idaho I would come over to see him. Good job Keep up the great work. God bless you for rescuing him.
Sheryl

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

Oh I'm so excited! For Burrnie and for you. I love when things like this happen. I'll be telling Doodle and Snowball all about him. Welcome, Burrnie! How great that he has you guys!

thingsherelately.com said...

Oh, what a handsome little guy! So glad he is safe and loved with you!

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