Diane and Denise's new owners, Kathy and Javier, picked them up on Sunday. We enjoyed our visit with them and were quite busy, so I forgot to take the traditional "Goodbye" photo, but Kathy was kind enough to send me this one of them grazing peacefully in their new home in North Central/NE WI. She reported that they weathered the 2.5 hour drive just fine! Kathy and Javier also thoughtfully brought us some flowers in little Rambo's memory. Soon after they left, our friend and neighbor Lila brought more flowers for Rambo, so I decided to arrange them by his grave with the flowers I had picked for him a few days earlier. Little Rambo will certainly not be forgotten. I am also building a cairn (pile of rocks commemorating a significant event--in this case, his whole life and how he blessed our family) to mark his grave. That will be a gradual project, but as you can see in the photo, I have begun.
In loving memory of Rambo, our little "Sheep in a Shirt", as our grandkids called him. He gave us 30 full and often happy, sometimes sad days. He was a brave little lamb born with the cards stacked against him. In the 30 days we had him, we learned much. How to feed and nuture a bottle lamb, how to milk a Shetland ewe, how to give several different types of shots, how to mix milk replacer and buy fresh goats' milk, how to introduce a single bottle lamb to the rest of the flock, how to comfort a sick lamb. We also experienced lots of unconditional love from this little guy, and lots of laughter. It was the little things he did--nibbling the dog's fur or Russ' s beard, nibbling various flowers, running down our hallways chasing the cats, taking over the dog's bed for his naps or curling up with the dog, baaing in a commanding way when it was time for his bottle. We won't forget our "Sheep in a Shirt."
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and