Yesterday he was fine. This morning I found him laying down on the far side of the field. I convinced him to stand up and slowly move to the barn. He seemed bloated and not interested in walking or eating. I could not tell if it is his intestines or his bladder. Some pee on his penis and no diarrhea. His ears were back but no tooth grinding. His temperature was normal. So I gave him Nutridrench and one pint of Magnalax (for bloat). I then gave him 0.5 ml of Prevail (a pain medicine).
He died in the afternoon still not standing, eating or drinking.
He was 13 years old. Tom and I went to get him from Montana in January 2 months after we met. It was a blizzard.
His original name was Bitterroot Ansel but I called him Jocko since we got him near the Jocko River.
He had gorgeous mioget wool and made gorgeous lambs. I was going to breed him one last time next week. No more mioget wool for me. I am really going to miss him. He was a great ram.
I’m so sorry about Jocko. What a beautiful ram! I only wished our beloved animals outlived us – it would be so much easier…..many hugs, xoxo
Thanks! He was beautiful, and it is hard to see him go.
Farewell to a grand old ram. I’m glad most of our animals DON’T outlive us; I’d be worried about how they would be cared after I was gone!
Thanks Michelle. It is hard to watch them age and die though. Farewell old ram.
He was a handsome man. 13 years … I am assuming that is elderly for a sheep?
Thanks Maria! He was handsome. 13 is elderly for a sheep. We do have one that is 16 though so he could have lived longer 🙁
Donna, I am so very sorry you lost your friend, and a grand, beautiful ram. I know he appreciated the good life you gave him. He was a beautiful guy and it will be hard to fill those hooves.
Thanks Kathy! He was grand, wasn’t he? It will be impossible to fill those hooves.
Donna, I don’t know you personnely , but my heart is saddened with the loss of Jocko. In his picture, he is just magnificent, the golden king. His bolder crimp style is so evident in the picture and the luster of the light bouncing off his back incredible. May he rest always within your heart and his prodigy continue to flourish within your and others’ pastures.
Thanks Cyndee! He was a golden king who will always be in my heart (and in my socks, sweaters, shawl, etc.)
Oh Donna, I am so very sorry. Jocko was a beautiful boy. I know how hard it is to lose a good hearted ram, and especially one who has lived as long with you as he has. RIP Jocko.
Thanks Lois! He was good hearted and will be missed.
I’m so sorry!
Donna, I’m sorry.
So sorry Donna. Jocko was a special guy- bearer of the Golden Fleece. He will be missed.
Thanks Denise! He was a proud bearer of his fleece and a very special guy.
What a beautiful boy. He lived a grand old life with you guys, but it’s still hard to see them go.
Thanks Tammy! I felt like I did not say a proper goodbye.
RIP Jocko – he lives on in Vanessa & Donna – they are in with d”Jango and will hopefully make some beautiful lambs. XOX T.
Thanks Tina! He does live on through them. I hope they make beautiful lambs.
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