So, where are the Minions right now?
They were happily in the hill park 4 miles away. We check them daily and everything was fine.
Today, Floss and I went over so Floss could say goodbye. We counted and counted again. We worked out that 2 (Fivla and Waffle at home) and 5 (Lyra, Storm, Delia, Vitamin and Storm) make 7. So who was missing?
He was nowhere.
Floss walked in one direction and I walked in the other. This is a very big hill park separated into two fields. In the other field is a sink hole that has been fenced off.
I was praying as I walked over the hill to the sink hole and there next to it I saw two nostrils, two eyes and two ears floating in another hole that was full of water and Tiddles.
I put my coat under his head, to keep it above water. Next, I got one leg out but the sides of the sink hole were sheer. Dear Tiddles didn’t panic and I had no idea how much time we had. He had been there a long time and wasn’t trying.
Flossie came over the hill having found nothing and ran to help. She took off her coat too and managed to fall in too. I hauled her out. Visibly shaken, Floss helped me get Tiddles’ other front leg out and we put her coat under them to keep them out of the water. It didn’t do much good, but it was an idea.
And then we took a front leg each and we pulled. We bloody well pulled. We would pull, and Tiddles would move an inch out of the water and I would sit down. Get up, say one, two, three and pull again.
A million years later (it seemed like it), we pulled Tiddles out of the sink hole. He managed to shakily stand up and I supported him while Flossie ran for the phone in the car to summon help. She phoned home (no answer, left a message) and she phoned the nearest someone with a horse box. No joy there.
While she was away, Tiddles started to nibble grass and wibbly wobbly walk. I left her with him trying to get Tiddles back to the main herd who were near the gate while I went to fetch the horsebox, Daisy, rugs and headcollars.
Upon our return, Tiddles (and Flossie) were with the main herd. With a space blanket and a rug on, Tiddles came home with Silver and Storm.
What to do? Toweled vigorously, given hard feed, Danilon (he is stiff on his back legs) and put on his thick winter rug. The others are next door so Tiddles can see them and share his hay but he can also have peace and quiet too.
My back hurts. It hurts very much.
More healing vibes please – firstly for Tiddles and secondly for my back. They are never going back to that field.