Posted: April 24, 2008 Filed under: Art and Photography, FFT Lhasa Apsos
The painting of Raji Susan mentioned in her comment yesterday…
Katy sent this to me, along with the following note:
Susan and I have been talking about chickens today, and she mentioned that she hadn’t seen her Raji painting on your blog. That’s because I’m pretty sure I never sent you a pic of it when I finished it. Things have been pretty crazy around here; I’m sure you can relate! Anyway, here’s a link to my blog where I posted the painting of the lovely Raji, and my commentary, also a pic of the painting here. I’m also sending along a pic of Zeke and Sadie with Lily Joy and Claire. This one was taken when she was about 6 days old. Zeke and Sadie both have had several “face to face” encounters with her, and they are so good with her. Zeke is just the best! He loves his goats! Sadie didn’t know quite what to think, at first, but this morning she was giving Lily her “tickled pink play bows” as fast as she could. Baby goats don’t know that a play bow is an invitation to play, but she has absolutely no fear of them and did her little happy dance, bouncing, skipping and jumping around, to their delight.
Hope all is well with you and your pack, and the snow is melting fast. It’s so dry and brown here that it’s hard to believe it’s spring. But today was warm enough to get out and plant some spinach, and the asparagus is beginning to peak, so maybe it’s spring, after all!
A photo of Lily Joy taken a day after her birth…
Lily Joy’s birth was bittersweet, as her sibling didn’t live. Life, glorious, often big, is fragile…particularly the process of entering this world, whether you be goat or dog. Katy’s words:
Here is Lily Joy, bright and early this morning, out in her enclosure. (Baby goats have such “wise” yet humorous faces, like they know something we don’t, and they probably do!) She’s doing all the things a 24hour old baby goat should be doing, and had her first nice firm milk poops this morning, as well. Claire is a perfect mother and allows her to nurse and is very attentive. She should be a big girl, in spite of her tiny size now (about 5 lbs. we’ve yet to weigh her) as she will get all the goodies for awhile! Claire is exhausted and worn out and sore, but, with the help of an herbal tea, managed to pass the two afterbirths. She’s yet to eat well, but I’ve been “drenching” her with blackstrap molasses and other goodies to give her energy and stuff to prevent infection. She’s out soaking up the sun right now, and Baby Lil is napping in her tiny goat shelter right next to mom, safe from hawks.
I’m off to ABQ to teach the drawing class for the rest of the day. Hopefully, household back to “normal” tomorrow!
Thanks for your prayers, and continued prayers for Claire’s health. We are sincerely hoping for a clean uterus with no infection, considering all the invasive action during the birth. So far, so good.
Katy and Silly Lilly ( I wrote what looked like “Zily” on the calendar last night, maybe that’s her nickname!
Ken says no way we’re going to sell her, so we now have a five goat herd!
We did get good sleep last night. I got up at 2AM to check on them, and all was well.
Zeke was very insistent in demanding that we bring her back into the house (she slept there for a couple hours the first night, and he remember Pablo and Paloma, who lived in the laundry room for several days, last year). He thinks his goats belong in the house with him. He’s had several visits, and just loves on her like she was his. Sadie is fascinated as well. They’ll get some time with her, as she has no one else to play with now.