Good Byes

3 Aug

Good-byes are never fun, but sometimes they are more upsetting than others.  I’ve had too many good-byes this spring.  I’ve lost Joe and Scarlet that were not a surprise with their age and CAE.  Coffee was harder because it was unexpected.  No matter what you always have a close relationship to your milking does.  Kimmy was also a surprise (and I am assuming it was a coyote with the deer carcass so close).

Joe Jo Street

Joe Jo Street

Losing my Gabby goose to the raccoon was devastating. The geese hatched three goslings, and I know never to get attached to them until they get to be bigger.  The first one was doing well and survived even when the second one was only here overnight and the third only lasted a couple of days.  I was starting to talk to the baby and thought it might actually make it, but it disappeared.


Some good-byes are planned.  I planned on selling my kids Saturday, and we did load twenty-four kids up and sold them.  It helps knowing that I’m feeding the world, and I also get good money for them.  I will admit though, that there are a couple of those kids that I’m going to miss.


I’ve lived with Snickers and Stella having cancer for three and two years now. I know that any day could be the one that they crash.  Millie is old and arthritic, and she is not likely to make it to winter.  As hard as these are, I know it’s coming, but some good-byes are really hard to take.  Friday night I let Jules out.  I haven’t seen her since.  I really hoped she would come back home somehow.



I’m afraid she was also taken by a hawk, owl or coyote.  I really don’t want anymore good-byes this summer.


46 Responses to “Good Byes”

  1. Alica August 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Jules?! Oh the poor baby. I’m really hoping she just went on a hunting spree!

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      She really isn’t one that ever left the yard. I wish I thought that were a possibility.

  2. Margaret Birding For Pleasure August 3, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Oh Dear! That seems like too many good byes to me. Glad you good price for the kids

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Too many unexpected ones.

  3. Jan August 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    I pray that Jules will be back! I don’t enjoy good-byes either.Love the picture of Jules by the dog house door.

  4. Pat August 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Teresa I would also be so sad to have to say so many goodbyes to animals I raised and loved. I hope Jules comes back…kitty’s do roam sometimes for a few days.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      It really isn’t likely. She was mostly an indoor cat, but she loved playing on the patio and hanging out in the yard.

  5. Pat August 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Oh, Teresa, I’m so sad to hear that Jules is missing. I hope she comes home. I love the photo of her.

  6. Karen Seek August 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    I too hope the kitty Jules will just wander in !!!;

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      Me too. I don’t think it will happen though.

  7. Barbara F. August 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    So sad. They are your family, too. I hate coyotes and hawks. Really do. All of them sre running around at Rainbow Bridge.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      I could do without the hawks in my yard/barnyard area. There are plenty of mice in pasture.

  8. becca givens August 3, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    I know myself well enough to know I couldn’t walk in your shoes! My tribe is smaller than yours, and it’s difficult enough! Sending guardians to escort Jules home! Great photos of each. ❤

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      It wasn’t a well thought out plan when I let my goat herd increase. I never thought about it meaning more good-byes. Still, I do love them all.

  9. Patty Leonard Woodland August 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh dear. I do hope she comes back. Farm cats are funny. I’ve had some disappear for days at a time and come waltzing back with a “what?” look on their face.

    I’m feeling the same about Pricilla. She is nothing but fur and bones right now. She’ll never make it through winter. Poor old goats.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      I love Pricilla. She was the first blogging goat Millie and I met. 🙂

  10. Ralph Villers August 3, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    This is so sad – we develop relationships with our animals and they with us. It is never easy to live without our animal friends, yet life must go on. But how can we? This is a very sad list of losses…Jules is so pretty…

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      Thank you, Ralph.

  11. Audrey August 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    I hate Goodbyes and don’t know why they are even called that. So sorry for all your Good byes. They are like children to us animal people. We cry with you😢💝

  12. hedgewitch August 3, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    So sorry for all the good byes, Teresa–and I hope Jules makes it home–so difficult, so many ups and downs, and I agree completely on the geese–we had some Muscovy ducks that would eat out of our hands–some loose dogs got in the yard one day, and you know what happens then–sometimes what happens near the bottom of the food chain is very hard to accept.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:41 am #

      The birds are so helpless. Sorry to hear you lost yours. I really am just excited when they make it.

  13. Anonymous August 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    Teresa……thank you for sharing your struggles. I will be extra grateful tonight for my two/fourl legged and feathered family tonight. My yoga instructor’s words tonight included helping us know that life isn’t all about happiness and that sadness is also a normal part of life. It just sucks somethimes! I wish you and your family peace.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:41 am #

      I’ve certainly been telling everyone else here that I love them. They’re probably tired of hearing it so much.

      • Anne August 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

        I don’t think it can be said enough!

  14. Freda Labianca August 3, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    Sadly, goodbye is the cycle of life.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:42 am #

      I know. I just don’t like it, especially when there are so many unexpected ones clumped together.

  15. Jeanne August 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    Oh no! Not Jules too! I pray that she will come back. Such a special kitty. Saying goodbye can be so hard. My heart is with you.

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:43 am #

      She really was a special gift for the time I had her. 🙂

  16. Mascha August 4, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    So sad that all to read 😦
    Praying that Jules comes back unharmed. Really enough Good byes for an half live…

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:43 am #

      Thank you, Mascha.

  17. Eileen Wise August 4, 2015 at 5:47 am #

    Oh my, yes this is way too many goodbyes. I will pray Jules comes back home!

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      Thank you, Eileen, but I can’t imagine she would return after this long.

  18. Little Wandering Wren August 4, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Teresa – Hugs to you from Australia… hoping Jules wanders back home soon.
    Wren x

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank you, but I don’t think it’s likely. She rarely left the yard.

  19. Andrea Ruark August 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    I’m so sorry, Teresa. I love you and hope you get some happy surprises out of these sad days. Take care!

    • Teresa August 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      There’s so much good going on, but on a day losing Jules I sometimes forget that. I am still horribly upset, but I am moving forward and enjoying every moment with the rest of my animal family.

  20. Abrianna August 4, 2015 at 10:54 pm #


    There may still be hope for Jules yet. My indoor domestic cat escaped and was gone for a little over two weeks. We had a farm a few homes down from us and a field behind the hones across the street from us where we would hear coyotes howl. I thought she was gone for good, but she returned home.

    I pray Jules does too.

    • Teresa August 5, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      Thank you. I would love to have my little girl back.

  21. pattisj August 4, 2015 at 11:10 pm #

    Not Jules! I hope she comes home. Yes, that’s too many goodbyes. That has to be one of the hardest parts of raising your animals.

    • Teresa August 5, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      It really is the worst part. When I increased my herd size, I never thought of how many good-byes that would eventually mean.

  22. Mascha August 10, 2015 at 3:43 am #

    Is Jules home again?

  23. Mascha August 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    So sorry 😦

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