We are thankful that the weather has settled down a bit, we've had so much snow it seems all Mike has been doing is plowing (which is taking a toll on the old tractor, it now needs a new clutch!). The horses don't seem to mind the snow, even when it's bitter cold, as they've all got lots to eat. We moved the goats into the barn when it was too cold outside for Izzy, and Waffle got to keep her company They didn't seem to really enjoy being inside but better that they were warm.
Sadly, we lost Hitch on Dec 20th. She was down in the morning and in spite of our best efforts we were unable to get her standing. She was euthanized early that afternoon. Our thanks to Dr. Noeline Erickson and her husband Brent for coming out on short notice and helping to try and get her up. NOeline felt that Hitch had some sort of problem with her heart as her pulse was very weak and irregular, though thankfully Hitch did not seem to be in pain or distress. Our condolences to Janine, who was fostering Hitch, for losing her and so soon after losing Brandy in much the same way. I am glad that Janine received some comfort from her conversation with Greg, of 'Just Passing', who came to pick up Hitch's body on Monday: "... as I was talking about with Greg (nice man!) this morning, it's not only likely that the ones here will die here--the whole plan is let them live out their lives and die as peacefully as possible, when they are ready, and not in the slaughter plant. So as you'd said, she was indeed a "good save," and I'm really grateful that you trusted me to give her the care that she needed and deserved. Also, I was so touched by all the supportive comments on the facebook page; thanks for posting the pictures."
Thank you to everyone who has made our first 'Christmas Tree' fundraiser a great success. We will be picking up 5 tonnes of feed on Friday, the 27th, so if you're looking for something to do involving exercise and the outdoors, it all has to be unloaded here at the Rescue on Saturday!