Who Doesn’t Like Kids?

22 Apr

Bob.  That’s who.

Pepe behind Bob

He’s learned from years of experience that kids get pushy and stomp.

John, Smee, and Trooper checking out Bob. Pepe behind.

Gouda checking out a tail

Bandit walking past

He’s become proactive in teaching them to stay away from him in recent years.

Bob hissing at Smee

I can’t blame him.

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The Rest of the Moving

21 Apr

Along with getting all the goats back together, I wanted to move Aurora to the big pasture too.  I finally had to go bribe her with food to get her to come up and through the barnyard to join everyone else.


Hopefully, the girls can all get along.

Aurora, Odie, and Maybeline

After I moved Aurora, I could let Tony and Pluto out of the garage.

Tony and Pluto

It’s about time.  They’ve been in there since the first of the year.

Pluto is such a little cream puff.  He was sick last fall and has been shut up, so he’s really got no muscles.

Pluto

The first thing Tony did was to find a place for a good dust bath.

I also wanted to get my big boys back on the front pasture so that my north paddock can grow.

Xerxes, Fionn, Zeus, and Anubis

Thankfully, they are easy to move.

Everyone seems to be getting along.

Zeus and Pluto

They are enjoying all the green grass too.

Buster

20 Apr

Some days I want to quit.  I work so hard to keep my animals happy and healthy, and it seems like everything just works against me.  I hate feeling so helpless.

Buster

I finally got Aurora to a point where she was healthy enough to go back out, and then it was Tony.

Aurora

Now he’s healthy enough to go back out, but now it’s Buster.

Tony and Pluto

I’ve wondered for about three weeks if he was sick, but I couldn’t pinpoint anything, and I told myself I can’t really be so unlucky to have another llama with ulcers.  The symptoms are so subtle.  There’s weight loss, which is hard to tell on a llama sometimes.  All three of the llamas with the main herd lost some weight over the winter because it was a horrible winter.  I finally have all the llamas so I can feel them and check their weight whenever I walk past them, but it’s hard this time of year because they spend so much time out in pasture.

Buster

Another symptom is for them to lie down more than they should, and I did notice him lying by the fence, but I told myself he wanted to be back with Aurora because they are bonded and the other two are snooty towards him.

Aurora and Buster

One day last week, I didn’t see Buster with the other two girls on the bottom, so I walked the whole thing looking for him, and when I got back to the barnyard, he was just standing in the barn with them. I caught him and he was a little bit thinner, but I couldn’t check anything else because he decided he was having none of it and pushed through me.  I couldn’t hold him.  He was strong and fiesty and acting fine.

Odie and Buster

Then on Thursday, he came back up to the barn, but he was ribby thin.  He was weak and unsteady on his feet.  I checked his eyes, and he was completely anemic.  I wormed him, and built a pen around him in the barn, so I could make sure he had food and water, but he wasn’t eating.

Buster

He died the next day.  I can only assume it was either worms or a bleeding ulcer (which is my true suspicion in hindsight).  He went so quickly.  I feel horrible, and I am so frustrated because they are hard to tell when they don’t feel well and there’s nothing I can do really to prevent it.  It’s primarily stress, but the crazy up and down temperatures are enough to stress them enough to give them ulcers.