Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hershey

Hershey had a lump on the side of his jaw.  It started small and we thought maybe a bad tooth.  It didn't respond to antibiotics and continued to grow so the vet came and drew off some fluid for a biopsy, but the results came back inconclusive.  

X-ray showed something that wasn't involving the jaw and as it was growing quickly and starting to affect his ability to eat, we decided to go in surgically in hopes it was just a weird pocket of infection...but knew that it was most likely not.

The surgery was scheduled for yesterday and luckily we were able to do it on the farm.  Shipping one sheep into a clinic is very stressful.  I'd told Hershey what we were going to do and that we were going to try to fix him but even if we couldn't, it would be okay.  

It was a very aggressive malignant tumor...and we did the hard right thing.  And it will be okay...eventually.  


Hershey

May 2013 - October 2019

I picked this picture not only because it was one of my favorites, but also because it's been so long since he's been chocolate colored (his first shear only) that it's fun to remember why he was named Hershey.  There is a lot fun to remember about Hershey.

Now for a head's up.  The next two posts are not going to be any easier to read.  I'm posting them all in a row tonight and separately because they all deserve their own posts and I don't want to drag it out over three days.  

It will all be okay...eventually.


25 comments:

Lisa said...

I am so sorry. It is obvious that you have a great love for your sheep. Hershey will be missed.

Grey Horse Matters said...

I’m so sorry to hear about Hershey. It’s so hard to lose our friends. He will be missed.

Mary Ann said...

Sara, I am so very sorry.

MarmePurl said...

These great sheep lived great lives under your care and love. Well Done Sara.

Anonymous said...

Drar Sara , so sorry for your loss. Love snd hugs to you snd all your cresrurrs at the farm. Adta

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the spelling. Love and hugs to all of you on the farm🐾💕

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hershey gone all too soon. You did the best for him, I know how hard those decisions are. Sending you hugs. It will be okay eventually...but right now it really sucks.

farm buddy said...

Hey Sara,
I am so very,very sorry for your bad stretch. It is so difficult, but I am glad that you are strong enough to do what is right.

Shirley said...

Oh Hershey will be missed. So sorry he's gone... hugs

amyfibre said...

Just checked in for the day...and now I'm sobbing at work.

Loving animals is such a hard road sometimes.

My heart is breaking for you, Sara. And I know you will be ok, eventually.

Holding you and the whole farmily in my heart today.

knitski said...

I am sorry but nothing is better than giving these animals such a great life of love and kindness. HUGS!

Goatldi said...

Sara

This is the part that they don’t tell you when one falls in love isn’t it? It is the part that comes fast or stretches out in time. It is the part that never gets better but eventually with a tincture of time gets easier.

May their journeys be safe and those who loved them find peace.

Terry and Linda said...

My kitty Sam-Sam had that same ugly tumor. It's so hard to make the right decision, my heart and my tears are with you.

Debbie said...

So sorry Sara. Sending a hug.

I need orange said...

Aw. Sara. What a hard, hard, hard day.

Thank you for all you do for all of them, and thank you for sharing them with us. Sending much sympathy.

And hugs.

Windswept Farm said...

So sorry for these loses you have suffered. Hopefully it will be okay sooner than later and you will have some serenity for a long while.

Nburrill said...

So sorry you have to go through this and hope you find comfort in the fact that you give all your animal friends the best life.

Patti said...

Sara, I am so sad for your three losses yesterday. Hershey, Renny, and Eli became part of our families. You have brought their wonderful lives and experiences to us for years, and I appreciate you taking time to include us in your farm life. We shed tears because we've also lost friends. I never take for granted what gifts our animal friends provide us. I love your animals, and all you do for them. Sending condolences for your losses.

Delrene said...

I am so very, very sorry about the loss ( triple loss of good furry friends). These last few days must have been so hard. Sweet animals who give us so much. And you gave them all such a good life and there really are no words. Memories are precious.

Delrene said...

I am so very, very sorry about the loss ( triple loss of good furry friends). These last few days must have been so hard. Sweet animals who give us so much. And you gave them all such a good life and there really are no words. Memories are precious.

sheepmom said...

I'm so sorry. It was a pleasure to get to know him through your stories.
They all will live on in all of our hearts.

From CA

Anonymous said...

I am probably going to 'say' the same thing for all 3 posts except that cannot 'say' those things on such a lovely blog as this. @^%$@$%
Prayers for you and yours.

wyomingheart said...

So sorry for you, and it will be ok in time...until it is, sending a big hug.

Donna said...

I am so so sorry.

Karen Larko said...

My heart is breaking for you. Sending hugs your way.

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