It has really been a poor start to 2020. On Friday January 17th, we lost Diamond. Our sweet goat that we had rescued from Lollipop Farms, a local humane society. She was stubborn, enthusiastic, loving and just the sweetest goat.
That day started out normal or as normal as our days get. I was on the tail end of a very stressful week. We had a death in the family, funeral, and my farmer had been out of town for the past two days for work. I went out to check on everyone in the morning and all seemed well. I got several glares from sleepy faces trying to figure out why I was out there disturbing their morning peace and quiet. I then went about my day. Running around transporting children to and from school, washing eggs for pick up, and normal daily chores. Ended my seemly normal day with a chase of the boar that had yet again exited the pasture fence.
That afternoon, the farmer had finally returned home and we went to work on fixing the hot wire fencing so the boar would hopefully stop escaping. I went into the barn to check on everyone and get the hoses out for fresh water, when I found Diamond lying down and shivering. We immediately called our amazing vet. She rushed over and tried everything in her power to help us with Diamond. However, by that time she was hypothermic and dehydrated. We lost her not even an hour later.
It was one of the hardest thing I have had to deal with on the farm. We have had our fair share of losses. Chicks, even a piglet. But this was hard because she was not a working animal, she was a pet. We love all of our animals, but with working/production animals you go into it knowing that there is an end coming. Though we love them we do not get too close, they do not get names because of this reason. But, Diamond was a pet, she was so incredibly stubborn but she loved being on the farm and being with us. She was curious and loved food. She was always the first to jump up on the fence to see what food we were bringing her. She stuck up for C.C and played with Stuart. It has taken be a week to fully process the fact that she is gone. She will always stick with us.
Though this has been hard, I am go incredibly grateful that we were able to give her a loving home to live out her remaining days. She gave us so much love, laughter and enjoyment, I will forever remember her for that. Thank you D, for being the amazing goat you were. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to get to know you and for the love you gave us. Good-bye sweet girl.