Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

There are times that being a farmer really sucks.  No, strike that, when being a human really sucks.  Those times that make you realize that life is way to short and way to precious and can be taken from you in an instant.  This is one of those times for me.  You see, early this afternoon Red died.  It was extraordinarily sudden, even for a young animal.  At morning feeding she was her normal loud, hungry and insistent self and by noon she was seriously ill and shortly after she died.

I never thought that I would fall in love with a goat.





Edited to Add:

The vet decided that Red died from Enterotoxemia or “Overeating Disease”.  It was unusual that a kid as old as she was succumbed to it as this tends to be a disease of very young kids and lambs.  There is some great information here about it.  The rest of the kids are being vaccinated against it make sure that none of them die as well.  Red had gone to the vet on a prior occasion for diarrhea several weeks ago but had not had any symptoms right up until her death.

9 thoughts on “Heartbroken

  1. Tammy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of Red. Hugs.

    1. Oh, wow. I am SO sorry. Will light a candle for her spirit when I get home.

  2. Barbro says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry. Hugs!

  3. oh no… what could it have been?? Poor Red… at least her short time on this earth was spent being cared for by someone as loving and delightful as you.

    I hope that the parcel I sent will cheer you up when it arrives.



    1. hortihoney says:

      The vet is going to post her to see what it was. He was pretty baffled by it too.

      I got the package last week! Check out my blog:-)

  4. tini says:

    I’m so sorry! Hugs!

  5. hortihoney says:

    Thank you all for your hugs and thoughts. Really the worst of it was how shocking it was. One minute she was fine and before my parents could even get her to the vet, she was gone. That, and yesterday was my mom’s birthday. It really sucks for her.

  6. Allison says:

    I am so sorry to read about your loss. I loved hearing your stories about her and seeing all the adorable pictures.

  7. Malin says:

    😥 (hugs) to you all.

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