You may remember when we rescued these two thin and starving Shetland ewes off the hill (with the permission of the Grazings Clerk) who had their ear tags removed and no identity, at the end of January? – the blog post
And you remember how thin and desperate it all was?
And while Edna was friendly, Madge always kept her distance and was very wary of everyone and everything.
(seeing these photos, makes me feel sick)
Of all the sheep, Madge was, and remains, the most scatty.
Well (drum roll, please), today she let me stroke the top of her head for as long as I wanted to and took a turmeric capsule (which are tiny) from my hand to eat.
You have no idea what a big deal this is for Madge and a huge breakthrough for me. Mentally, she is not particularly a changed sheep. Ok, perhaps in size maybe (she is mahoosive) but she suddenly calmed down. She knows that even if she is bullied off treats, I will go and find her to give her fair share. I look her firmly in the eye and we reach an agreement that no matter what (or who – that would be ‘Ster who can be an arse), I will get that treat to her. She trusts me.
I am feeling very emotional *** sniff *** and when I remember in just what a sad and awful state she and Edna were in when they came to us 10 months ago. Then there is more sniffing. How our lives have changed for the better.