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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

October 27, 2009

Kind of Sad and weird...

I'm not posting any pictures... but we had 3 sheep killed...At first we thought maybe we had a mountain lion...the footprints around the sheep were huge. We were out of town and my brother, was staying here to feed animals. Usually a predator will keep coming back again and again to a food source. So every night for 3 nights we had a sheep killed, a fourth one has been attacked but seems to be ok.
In the past we have had our entire barn, filled with hundreds of chickens wiped out in a single night. The weird part is the predator does not always eat everything, but they will kill everything. Coyotes are rampant where we live, but they don't usually kill something larger than themselves. Often dogs will kill sheep but not eat them. Living in the country is wonderful at best, but you do have to deal with animals dying. It unfortunately goes with the territory. I remind myself it is not a person...it is an animal...living on a farm makes you put things in perspective.
Our neighbor across the street believes he shot the predator during the night...he heard the commotion...came over and shot at the animal...we believe now it was a big dog. It has not been back, so we are not absolutely sure...but we are keeping the animals in a pen closer to the barn at night. We have kept the dogs up at night for this very reason, so that they are safe, they are outside dogs, but we want them safe as well!
We came back and had to reassure my brother (from the city) that it was not his fault, these things happen. He felt horrible...
So the final note is....life is often rough...how you deal with it is important. Do you navigate through rough waters successfully? I try to!

Thank goodness this time I did not have to move any of the animals with my husband...our neighbors did it for us before we got back.
Farmer hubby is already working on getting more sheep, so he has things in perspective. In fact he stayed pretty peaceful....I was impressed at him and proud of him.
Blessings,
Debbie
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6,7
We are still very blessed!

15 comments:

blushing rose said...

How sad, but nature does have incidents like this that are very difficult to endure. I couldn't take it.

Look at my post today ... Hope you have no further incidents. I am so sorry for all your losses.

Have a lovely warm week. TTFN ~Marydon

Donna Lynn said...

Oh that would make me feel so sad, but I know what you mean, practical wins out. Loved how you tied it into the Lord, it is soooooo true! Loved my visit to your blog, I am going to make sure and put you on my Follow button.

Blondie's Journal said...

I feel devastated. I couldn't handle it as calmly and directly as you but as you say, it goes with the territory. It is not like the sheep have names...still. You know quite a bit about the animals. We have coyotes in the woods by the lake. I have seen them sitting by the road at night. I heard that they will only attack if cornered and wander on to your property if the food source is scarce. I worry because my dogs are small. They are on leads because they like to run...so they would be defenseless. We don't have a food shortage for the wild animals because there are so many deer.

I am sorry I rambled. Farm life is fascinating to me because I know so little about it. I hope your troubles are over. Thanks for not posting pics!

xoxo
Jane

Janene said...

Debbie~I am sorry to hear of your lost sheep!
Hopefully the neighbor took care of your predator!

Patricia said...

I am so sorry!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh Debbie how sad. I understand. We only have horses and donkeys so they are pretty safe. But we want chickens. I do have rabbits but they are inside the yard. So far nothing has bothered them. We have had dogs come through at 2 or 3 in the morning but think they are neighbors they come through and bark! The donkeys are good at keeping about predators and they are a lot of fun. You should think of getting some.
Take care and Have a Blessed Week,
Sherry

Darlene said...

That is so sad. I would be devestated if anything killed any of my animals....guess I wouldn't be a very good farm girl would I? Of course if I had sheep they would all have names too......

I do hope the neighbor took care of the predator and you don't have any more problems.

{oc cottage} said...

YUK! You poor thing! It's always so hard for me to say "they are just animals" even though I know they are...and hunting them is part of nature (the part I hate!) Even here in the city, we have major coyote problems...they are so brazen now they practically knock on your door and ask to eat your cat! ;} I sure do hope Mr. Big Dog moves on...like to AZ!!
And you picked the perfect verse for times that try the soul.

m ^..^ (those are cat ears! I promise!)

At Home With Amy said...

What a horrible experience for your brother to go thru. I'm so glad you didn't loose anymore animals than you did. I bet the rest of your flock was scared to death. Hope your neighbor solved the problem. You be careful outside at night. We don't want anything eating you!!
Hugs,
AMY

Ginger said...

I am sure sorry to hear this Deb. I don't deal with things like this very well. I've lost 2 of my chickens, one to my daughter's dog, and one I just found dead in the pen. Don't know what happened.
My hubby has roller pigeons and the hawks swoop in all the time and grab them. I hate that part of having animals. We have coyotes too, and animal control tells us it is open season on them all year round. They really mess with the farmers.

Roeshel said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry. I know it's something you have to deal with, but it's still sad. :)

Roeshel

Lisa said...

Sorry about your sheep. A big dog? That's strange. But I'm sure it happens. It is hard for us city folk to think that animals die by other animals but it happens and is part of life. I know it's hard for you if you are using them to make a living to loose them. Hope it stops! You have good neighbors.
Hugs, Lisa

Simple Home said...

So sorry to hear about the sheep you lost. I hope this predator doesn't come back.
Blessings,
Marcia

Jessica said...

That is very sad and I am sorry you guys lost sheep. I hope your brother feels better soon, guilt is not easy to rid even if you really aren't guilty. Thank God for good neighbors too.

Angie said...

So sorry to hear this happened. I don't think I could ever live on a farm. I'd get too attached to each and every animal! Sure hope whatever did this doesn't come back and your animals are safe.