My day with the animals

Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 6:47 PM by CALF (Sharon) Life at Calf

At last xmas is over and i can get back to normality ( if there is such a thing in my life )

I have not had much time to spend with gevan and edradore for the last few months, with work and xmas, plus the fact they live a good half hour drive from home.

I was hoping to bring them home for winter and even had the shed panels built, sadly the estates that own the land and home, sent us a nasty letter with many finicky silly comments and threats on our tenancy so instantly i dare not bring more cows home nor dare i get the shelter built in fear they would say NO….

So at last today i had a good few hours to spare to go and see them both, to give them a thorough brush and check over

Gevan LOVED it and she stood so patiently enjoying her pampering….Last year at this time she acquired lice ( as they come out of the wood and live on a warm host in the winter) so i came prepared with the treatment just incase…

As i started to brush her legs i was shocked to see scabs and fur coming away….I called the highland specialists that i know and was told its very likely to be mange as it does live in the wood like lice ….After a good brush and lots of hair loss around her bottom area and down her inner legs i then soothed her with wondergel …..I treated her with mange solution and will now keep close watch….My goaty boys at home also have a mange type ting on their legs that comes back every winter and is hard to keep on top of ….Being on the farm really is a full time job or more hands needed as you really need eyes in the back of your head to keep on top of it all.

But im glad i spotted it and will do my best to get the problems sorted ….Obviously i will call a vet if it does not get better, but nowadays i prefer to gp to those in the industry as they know the animals far better than the majority of vets..But having said that i think its time for a calf sanctuary vet visit to do a good check up on all residents for peace of mind

Images below are the bits you do not see under her tail and down her inner legs

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Once i had given a thorough check up i drove to nearest farm to get fresh straw bedding for them and made as sadly the field has nowhere to store anything :o(
A new fresh clean bed, lots of hay and some hugs

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Then i drive back home to start the work on the sanctuary….Lifting hay bales, moving straw, mucking out all the animals….Checking them all over

Tonight my cheeks are rosey, my hair is wind swept and im shattered, BUT and its a big BUT …..i an HAPPY i have spent time loving and looking after the beings that i LOVE with all my heart and that is WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT

Gone are the days that i want or need possessions for the self, the greatest gift that gives me the hugest smile that comes from within, is the look in the eye of the animal that we have saved from death, a look of love from the eyes of a sentient that would not be here now AND thats what makes all the hard work so worth it

NO possessions can ever even come close to the feeling or pleasure these animals bring me x

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