Jenny died today. She had been getting thinner and weaker slowly, but we had been supporting her with extra nutrition and TLC. But today she could not stand up and had to be put down.
We bought her at 4 years and 1 day of age from Ellensburg. She brought katmoget genetics to our farm.
In 2007 she had Ewegenie (mioget katmoget) and Jewel (black katmoget). We have both of them.
In 2009 she had two more ewe lambs, Jasmine (black katmoget) and Jemima (mioget katmoget). Jasmine moved to a neighbor down the road. In fact, she just washed her most recent fleece. We still have Jemima.
These were the last lambs she produced for us but she continued to make beautiful wool until 2012 when Denise Mor chose her fleece out of our whole flock when she was 11 years old.
But then she gradually got older and more decrepit. I sheared her this spring for her comfort.
And I had been feeding her grain and bread separate from the rest of the flock.
She ate well yesterday and was walking around. Tom checked the pastures yesterday evening, and she was OK. But this morning she was down and could not stand. She did eat a few bites of bread but was obviously suffering. So now she is out of pain and disability.
She was a flighty, completely unfriendly sheep (which is why her earlier photos are so poor) until fairly recently when I started feeding her special. But she made gorgeous lambs and lovely wool. I am knitting with her daughters’ wool on my current project. So her legacy lives on, even if she does not.
so sorry. Jenny did have a lovely fleece. And it’s cool that you still have three of her daughters. She had a good long life.
Thanks Denise. She had a long, reasonably good sheepy life. So why do I still cry?
because she still had a piece of your heart…..I will totally feel heartbroken when its time for Clark….he is my snuggle bear who watches over every one else.
Thanks Eliz! She wasn’t even that nice, but she lived with us for a long time.
It is good that you have her daughters still with you…Jenny certainly made her mark on your flock. And somehow the flighty ones who learn to recognize us as friends in their old age do become dear…that breakdown in their veneer lets them bond with us at the end. RIP Jenny.
Thanks for understanding Lois!
We always miss our pets when they pass or have to be put down, I still miss my duck she passed 3 years ago. She was raised from a very small duckling and was always vocal would turn her head when I talked to her. Ellen from Georgia
Thanks Ellen. I am sorry about your duck. Jenny was not much of a pet as she was scared of me most of her life. But I do think she appreciated the TLC I was trying to give her recently., and I appreciated her more too.