Tuesday, March 11, 2014

From The Department Of You Can't Make This Stuff Up

On the very same day that Maisie put something in her mouth that she shouldn't have, the mouth broke off my favorite sheep planter. Seriously.



I hesitate to even share this next story.  

The very last thing I do when I'm pulling the horse trailer is walk all the way around to check every door latch, even the doors I know I didn't use.  This trip I was in the trailer with Maisie so she would be less stressed on the ride to and from the clinic.  I asked someone else to check the doors and was given the all clear.

As we came around a turn on Newtown Pike, one of the side doors flew open!  I quickly threw Maisie to the back of the trailer, grabbed the door and slammed it shut from the inside.  Are you kidding me?!?  If I hadn't have been in the trailer, Maisie probably would have ended up flying out the door into oncoming traffic.

I realize a trailer door coming open is a very common worry, but really, how many times do you hear of one actually coming open?  Only the Danger Lamb...  

The only consolation I got from this - yet another - horrifying experience is maybe this means that whatever little evil gremlin who's been trying to kill Maisie SINCE THE DAY SHE WAS BORN realized that the string wasn't going to do it and had to move on to the next thing.

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The vet from Hagyards called me first thing this morning to confirm that he'd spoken to several other vets and they were all on the same page with leaving things be until there was an obvious problem and then send her for surgery.  He recommended contacting Ohio State (our closest vet school) to make sure they were in agreement and didn't want to follow a different protocol and so they'd also be at least familiar with her case should she need to be admitted.

I called up there and was put in contact with an extremely kind and knowledgeable ruminant surgeon and we spoke twice today discussing options and risks and probabilities of success...  He thought there was good chance that if it stayed tied in a knot that it would stay in her rumen and not cause much trouble.  Apparently she's not the first sheep to eat baling twine.

If the knot unraveled and headed further down her digestive track it would mostly likely cause trouble, but as long as nothing twisted and cut off the blood supply, we'd have up to maybe 24 hours to get her into surgery, and the surgery, while far from a sure thing, wasn't a completely lost cause.  Definitely worth a try.  

So, we will continue to watch her like a hawk and hope and pray we never see any sign of trouble.  We're going to look into putting a security camera behind the barn where she and Baba and Lila sleep, so I can peek in on her whenever I want throughout the night without having to get up, get dressed, walk out there, turn on the lights, disturb everyone else...

I wish I could fix this whole awful mess so we never had to worry about Maisie ever again, but for now, this is the best I can do.  And besides, who am I kidding.  She's always going give us something to worry about :-o.


"Momma says since I give her so many heart tax she can post as many embarrassing pictures of me and my teefers she wants."


"That's okay."


"I know I'm really pretty and that everyone loves me."


31 comments:

Andee said...

Yes Maisie we all do love you! That is so crazy about the trailer door. Did I tell you when one of the alpacas jumped out the van window! Animals I tell you!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Looking at that face makes me wonder if she did this just to get back front and center on your attention list .... after all she is too big to live in the kitchen and you have been busy with Iknitarod and she's been feeling neglected .......

Lady Locust said...

I think you should take a day off from the crazies and just have a boring day:)

Miha Giustina said...

Well, she is right on that one - we all love her:-D!!

And that trailer door...oh boy...

Fiona said...

She does look quite unconcerned about the entire affair. She is a Sweet and special Sheep!

suz said...

I was almost afraid to read

but so happy that you saved her again...and glad you are safe
..cause we love you
and your sheepies and doggies and kitties
She is gorgeous...give her a hug from me

LannieK said...

I am glad the gremlin left! Shoulda shut the door behind him... gremlins! Any who... so glad you guys went (what a ride, though). I am hoping that you, being shephardess extrodinaire, did good "prep work" that will never. need. to. be. used.
Take care, dear Maisie :-)
As for the planter... try some glue!

Far Side of Fifty said...

She leads a charmed life for sure!! How many hours are we into this situation? I will pray instead of worry..okay! Think positive instead of negative. When can we breathe a sigh of relief?? Maybe never...in the mean time her toofers shots are great and make me smile:)

gowestferalwoman said...

Maisie - congrats. I think you are the first animal i have ever come across that is more danger to themselves then an equine! That is no small accomplishment...

And crap Sara, you are lucky it wasnt you smeared on the pavement! you be athletic!!!
xoxo

thecrazysheeplady said...

This started at 8:30 Saturday a.m. I'm not sure we'll ever be out of the woods :-/. I'm trying to remember to ENJOY the time I have with her (and everyone) because we never know what could happen. All life is beautiful...and fragile.

Marcy Doane said...

Thanks for the update. Glad you are safe too!

Jo said...

That's unreal about the sheep planter's nose breaking off and THEN for the trailer door to fly open. Thank goodness you were in there with Maisie. You are very special people to care about your animals so well. May Maisie (and yes, pretty girl we all LOVE you) be OK after all. Greetings from East Africa!

Wol 'n Draad said...

I do hope that she'll be allright! Be looking out for good omens now instead of those nasty ones!
Love, Ineke

Bee Lady said...

Oh my gosh! Is this child of yours not getting enough attention? You don't suppose she somehow unlatched the door? I don't know...you might think about bringing her back inside!!!

Cindy Bee

I need orange said...

You all have certainly been through the wringer! Good grief. As if your trip to the vet wasn't stressful enough -- the door flying open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yikes!!!!

Surely it's only fair that you get a nice quiet year or two of "the most excitement this year was I needed a new drive band for my spinning wheel"!!!!!!

Plenty of sitting in the sunshine, knitting, and watching peaceful critters who only eat what they ought to eat!!!!

Sending peaceful thoughts.........

karen said...

I hope and pray that all goes well with your sheep. I think you've done everything you could possibly do besides go back in time. Here's hoping that it's in a knot and stays put.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Boy how I wish I could go back in time. In the grand scheme of life, it is probably silly to worry so much about a silly little sheep, but she IS so much of my life.

A year of "Oh rats, my drive band broke!" would be awesome :-D.

Shelley said...

you're the first sheep i ever loved Maisie so stay well!!!

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

There is a special sheep heaven and it's at your place!
That is just too spooky, the twine, the planter's nose and the trailer door.
Maisie, you are just too much! And incredibly adorable.
Sara...sit in the sun and knit. you need a break!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

GAWD.......I laughed, I cried (sorta)and continue to be amazed at what that little weasel puts you thru and you continue to come out on the upside! You are indeed an extraordinary 'parent'. And you have fans not only from Scotland to Idaho but also from East Africa!!!!
You are watched over for sure...and those teefers......too damn sweet.

Stephen Andrew said...

Sending my love and good vibes to precious little Maisie. I'm glad to hear OSU has been of service to you. The nose falling off the sheep planter is pretty crazy. Of course it's likely a result of freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw. But still!! So glad Maisie has such devoted parents.

Maureen said...

Everyone surely DOES love you Maisie!

Wow, the planter, the door... good thing you have the bestest of parents little girl!

Be well.

thingsherelately.com said...

Oh, my goodness! Prayers and big hugs to you and Maisie! You are BOTH loved!

Susan said...

Maisie AND teefers is almost too much! With all the love surrounding her and coming in from all point in the Universe, we've got her covered.

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Well Thank Heavens neither of you flew out the trailer door! I am sure you've gone beyond that point where you want to shout ENOUGH ALREADY! (Kinda like how I am feeling about the weather right now.)
Maisie does look happy. She knows she is well loved.
kim

small farm girl said...

OSU is an awesome place for animals. I just hope you don't have to take her there.....

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

It is NOT silly to worry about your sheep. We love our dear animals, and it's a blessing to be able to share life with them. We are praying, and worrying along with you, but staying positive and hopeful. WHAT an ordeal. Doodle and Snowball send their love. And we're all glad you have so many good folks on stand-by.

Pam said...

TEEFERS!!! Those are some big teefers-the better to get into trouble with.

Sheepmom said...

The nose on the planter....a godwink for sure to let you know that The Designer is in charge of Maisie's situation and you aren't alone in anything. Have faith - it will all be OK. And here's another chapter for that book!!!!
;-)

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Couldn't help myself...had to reread and look at the Maisie again. she is just wonderful and you are one lucky woman not to have flown out of the trailer..........scheech.

Shirley said...

Love those teefer pics, keep 'em coming!
Unbelievable set of coincidences.

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