Goodbye Coco

december 2000 coco and grady or grantlambsphotoOur 13.5 year old Shetland wether Coco died today.  We was standing oddly this morning.  I went to move him into the barn, and he had a seizure.  I knew this was not a good sign so we got him into the barn.  He did not have a fever so I tried to give him some nutritional support.  He was standing but not much else and shortly thereafter was dead.  He was fine yesterday, eating well so at least it was a brief illness.  But I am still quite sad.  He was a nice sheep with beautiful moorit wool.  He will be missed.

Above is when he was 2 months old, and below he was 4 years.

CocoAnd below are both from when he was 9.





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16 Responses to Goodbye Coco

  1. Michelle says:

    He looks a lot like our Browning, whose wool I am knitting with right now. I am sorry you lost him, and hope you have some of his wool left to spin into yarn.

  2. What a handsome boy! Sorry for your loss.

  3. sheepsclothing says:

    Oh- so sorry Donna! I think I have his fleece from last spring-

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Denise! Maybe if you have some leftover when you are done, I could take some. Like we did after Spike died.


      • sheepsclothing says:

        I think it’s all washed and carded, but I’m pretty sure I’ve still got some in stash. Will try to find it before I come over for shearing day. It was really nice to work with, and a beautiful milk chocolate-y brown color.

      • Donna says:

        That would be great Denise, if you have some left over and can bring it to shearing day. Thanks for the compliment on his wool too.

    • Donna says:

      And it is such a compliment to him that you chose his fleece last year. Pretty good for a 12 year old sheep.


  4. So sorry…he was a beauty

  5. John says:

    That was john from going gently

  6. kapperkay says:

    Oh, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. He was a real beauty…

  7. Tammy says:

    Sorry for your double loss, Donna. I know it’s hard. They all have their distinctive personality and special spot in the barnyard. They leave big holes. I’ve got about five or six that are up and I know it’ll probably be a grim time when they go. Had one round the year before where I lost three of the oldies in a short time of each other and it is hard. Take care.


    • Donna says:

      Thanks Tammy! It is hard. Each animal is unique and missed when gone. I usually do not have a flurry of deaths like this so hopefully it is over for a while. There will be more though because we have 20 sheep and goats over 10 years of age.

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