I had a big surprise last week when my youngest sister Carol sent me pictures of the newest members of her family — three ewes and four lambs!
It was an even bigger surprise to her that I use wool for felting. In her defense, she lives in central Wisconsin and has a farm and she, her husband and son run a real estate business. They are a little busy themselves.
It should have been no shock since she’s been an animal lover since she was a toddler. She’s managed a dairy farm, a pig farm and has had horses and cows of her own. Carol also has five Border Collies and felt they needed more exercise. Sheep would be great for them to herd. When she saw the sheep it was love at first site.
None of the sheep are purebreds. She thinks they are Corriedale/Dorset mixes. The ewes were pregnant when she brought them home. Since then the oldest Mom, Secret 7, had twin boys. Carol’s granddaughter Madison named them Salt and Pepper.
The black Mom, Dusty, had a dark black boy named Little Will.
The youngest Mom, Amira, had a teeny little brown lamb with tan on her face Madison named Rosie. She was very weak and they had to milk Amira and bottle feed Rosie because she couldn’t get up and walk. But an hour later she was on her feet. They will let Rosie and Amira out of the lambing pen as long as Rosie is doing well. She is very tiny.
The sheep have only been introduced to the two older Border Collies, Belle who is 2 and a half and Misty who is 1 and a half. They just visit and fuss over the baby lambs. Misty thinks all the babies belong to her. She loves them.
The three pups are only 10 months old and will get introduced to the lambs when the lambs are at least half grown. They want the sheep to feel safe and comfortable in their own space. They are going to build a special round pen for that so it will be easier to control both the dogs and sheep.
Carol is already planning on buying a Corriedale ram this fall. So, the excitement will continue.
I wish we weren’t so far apart, but I’ve been promised fleece next year. so, I’m sure a trip is in order. Another new adventure! In the mean time, I’m enjoying the pictures and updates.
Thanks to my nephew Bill and his daughter Madison for the pictures and to Carol for sharing this exciting experience with us.