So today is the first full day without Pinters, and I have to say, I’m not feeling too much better. I know time heals all wounds, and I’m doing all I can to move forward — watching old videos of Pinta as a kid seem to help remember the good times. This one comes from the post Honk If You Heart Pinta:
Cuddling my dogs and closing my eyes and pretending like they’re Pinta, feeling her thick, coarse fur between my fingers, is also comforting.
But every time I’ve gone to the pen since it happened, especially the first time this morning, until I arrive and see things are fine, my body is tense with this huge feeling of fear, anxiety, and dread that I will find something is wrong with Pasqualina.
And this post is really about her.
If you’ve been following along, you know that I got Pasqualina as a wee kid, just a few weeks old, and bottlefed her, so she is truly The Baby even though she then became The Mommy (of Pinta).
I’m sure those fearful feelings will also pass with time as we fall back into our old routines, but I have a question for you goatie people, especially those in the global goat sisterhood:
Is there anything I can do for Pasqualina right now to help her adjust?
Yesterday she didn’t seem to really notice the absence of Pinta and happily took some lemon tree leaves from me to cover whatever pain she might have felt. This morning, though, was heartbreaking. She wouldn’t leave my side when I was in the pen. She even came over with me to refresh the water bucket, which she never does; she usually just goes about eating when I’m there.
Granted some of that behavior, I think, is because she wants to stay away from the buck. Yes, he’s still in there for another week, so at least she has *some* company for now (we’re still figuring out what to do about getting Pasqualina a new buddy), but aside from extra attention and cuddles, I’m wondering if maybe I can give her some kind of vitamin or herbal supplements or something to help make sure she doesn’t actually fall ill from all the sudden changes — of course the weather has just turned fairly cold as well on top of everything else that has happened.
Goatie sisterhood and brothers, suggestions?
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