Friday, October 3, 2008
It's always hard to be the new kid on the block, and sheep can really be bullies sometimes to the new kid. When I picked up Matisse and Valentine at OFF and Michelle's they had about 5 hours to bond and I guess that was enough.
This is Valentine (Stonehaven Valeria):
And this is Matisse (Shady Oaks Matisse)
When we got home I quarantined them in a separate area. Michelle thought it would be interesting to see if Valentine remember Bella and Rechel as they were her old flock members. I said what about Bevin, her daughter? Michelle felt that seeing as Valentine, Rechel and Bella had spent a lot more time together than the Valentine and Bevin did that she would remember them more.
I'm here to tell you the mother/daughter instinct is pretty darn strong. Bevin was out on the pasture with the rest of the flock and had given out a Baaaaaa! Valentine immediately answered with a frantic BAAAAA! Bevin came galloping in and they stood as close as they could with the wire fence between them.
That said, there is something to say about new friends too. I let them all out together today. On the way down to the lower pasture one of the Jacobs decided they just might butt the "new kid" and she lowered her head and advanced towards Matisse. Valentine decided no one would pick on her new friend and she put herself right between the Jacob and Matisse and gave the Jacob "a look". It was enough because the Jacob turned and headed down to the pasture.
Here's Matisse and Valentine joining a couple of Jacob ewes for dinner....all seems well..
Matisse and Valentine have spent most of the day within eyesight of each other if not right next to each other. It definitely brings a smile to my face.
Speaking of faces, on my way up to the house I snapped this little shot of Ellen enjoying some sheep minerals!