When our shearer Liz, came in the spring, we could see just how thin our old sheep Zelda had gotten over the winter. Liz told us that Zelda only had a few teeth left and it was hard for her to chew, hard to get enough to eat.
It was easy for me to see that it would be cruel to make Zelda go through another winter. We decided to give her grain to supplement her diet over the summer and euthanize her before the winter came.
Now that the days are getting cooler and the idea of euthanizing Zelda is becoming a reality, I’m not as brave about it as I was in the spring when it seemed so far away.
I still believe it’s the right thing to do, that she’s already lived a good and long life for a sheep and that she would suffer unnecessarily in the winter. But knowing all that still doesn’t make it easy.
There’s still some time before the cold days and snow come. So until then, I’ll keep finding good snacks to feed her that she can eat. It seems like Zelda’s always hungry these days.