When we went to the barn this morning, Tess was standing. I know it’s because of the Penicillin, but it feels like a miracle. I gave her the morning shot of Penicillin (my first time, with Jon’s help) and called Jenna to thank her. I was a bit surprised at how happy I was to see her getting better. I think a part of me had given up on her, or never having the experience, I couldn’t image her getting better and certainly not so quickly.
I learned so much about sick sheep in just a few days, from smelling their hooves for infection, to checking their eyes, to giving an injection. We’ll keep her in the barn till she stops limping and feed her some yogurt with her grain, to help with digestion since she’ll be on Penicillin for a few more day.
Tess is such a sweet sheep. It’s true she tried to eat my earrings, and I had to pry her mouth open to get my necklace out of it (it was still on my neck) but that’s just another sheep lesson for me: don’t squat down and talk to a sheep if your wearing jewelry. But she doesn’t run away from me, or jump fences and likes to be scratched. And although I don’t know much about it yet, I think she’ll have a beautiful fleece.
Soon Tess will be back grazing the pasture with Suzy and Socks.