died today.

He was born July 5, 2002 to Primolana Garbo and  Bitterroot Ansel.


Suzette and Hansel, December 2002

It is the end of an era for us as he is the last musket (light brown) sheep from Garbo.


Logan and Hansel, December 2002

He made gorgeous wool for us for many years.


Hansel, August 2009

He was terribly skittish though so it was hard to get close.


Hansel sheared, March 2010

Eventually he went blind and then started getting thin.  I started supplementing his feed with grain and bread.  Being blind he would listen for where the bread fell and sniff it out.  I never was able to get close enough to him to feed it from my hand.

sheared Hansel and Lily

Sheared Hansel and Lily, May 2017

In the end he was in a pen with Lily and Logan.  He gDespite our extra feed, he kept getting thinner.  He got to the point where he would fall down and not be able to get up.  And the last two mornings he was shivering.  So it was time to say goodbye.  Although he was never friendly, I still loved him and he will be dearly missed.

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8 Responses to Hansel

  1. thecrazysheeplady says:

    Sometimes those complicated ones hit the hardest :-/.

  2. epeavey1 says:

    It is always the ones that are skittish that you love the most, great story sorry for your loss.

  3. Kathy says:

    I am so very, very sorry. I know he touched your heart for many years.
    May Hansel be met with other he knew, greeting him as he journeyed onward.
    Bless his heart…and yours be healed with memories of happier times with him.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Kathy. It is so hard to say goodbye after so many years. And particularly the last years where we had more 2:2 time. Although I could never touch him, I could watch his funny and peaceful ways.

  4. Denise says:

    so sorry, Donna. Rest in peace Hansel.

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