November 13, 2010

if someone wants a sheep...

I've always, for as long as I can remember, liked sheep. They're cute - is there really anything cuter than lambs?! - they're a pleasure to watch, and there's something infinitely peaceful about them. I even like the way they smell.

I've also always "wanted" sheep, although I've never really known much about them, besides that they're cute, and a pleasure to watch. In other words, nothing.Trips to Scotland have only made the wanting stronger, but have done nothing to educate me on the realities. A dangerous combination, surely.

I've met a flock or two in the past, and met another flock yesterday, only these girls were different: they're not wool-producing sheep, they're hair sheep. No shearing, no tail-docking, fewer parasites. And still cute. One latte coated ewe came up and nuzzled my hand through the fence. When I scratched her furry forehead she leaned into me, and wagged her tail. Like a dog. I was smitten. I asked if she had a name, and when I discovered she didn't, I proposed "Puppy." Connor, the 8 yr old boy who lives there, agreed wholeheartedly. So that's me smitten twice in one day, once by a tail-wagging ewe named Puppy, and again by a blue-eyed boy named Connor, who told me his barn cat Hissy "has a crooked voice." 

I'm not heading out to build a sheep shed and a paddock just yet, but with 8 acres to do with as we wish, I'm not ruling it out, either.

Katahdin Hair Sheep 

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If someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists. 
~  Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
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Angela Michelle said...

My Samuel is a Katahdin Hair Sheep. He is brown and tan and wonderful!!!!! I got him when he was about 24 hrs old. He was a twin and the ewe would only take care of one. I LOVES HIM!!!!
You can meet him at Christmas...we will NOT be roasting him! And I can inform you about all the sheepy facts you don't know already.

boops said...

that seems like quite an endeavor to take on but i'd love to hear about it.

Angela Michelle said... sheep are meat shepp...we never told Samuel!

life, in small chunks said...

I used to feel the same way about goats, but then found out they can be a little aggressive (still want one, though). After seeing these pics maybe I'll change my mind and desire a sheep instead. They are beautiful! Although with only an urban size lot, I don't really think I'll ever have either.


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