So we had two deaths on the farm yesterday. I was at a doctor’s appointment so Tom was doing critter chores and found them.
Missy was the first one he found. She was a cat that belonged to my grandfather that we took in with her brother when my grampa died. She adopted the barn and has happily lived there ever since. She was having problems in September with erratic behavior, but it resolved then recurred a few days ago. We kept finding her in strange places, but we would put her up in the hay loft where her food and water is, and she seemed fine. Two days ago though Tom put her in the hay loft and after that found her laying in the mud behind the barn. He put her in the feed shed where he found her dead yesterday. She was 9 years old. We will really miss her. She always greeted us when we went to the barn and loved to be petted but not picked up. The barn won’t be the same without her.
Hazel was a rabbit born here in 2006 and sold to a family. The family was not able to keep up with her grooming needs so I took her back. She was not a friendly rabbit but made great Satin Angora fiber for me. A couple of days ago she had her head tilted and was not running away from me when I petted her, but when I showed Tom she sprinted away like she normally does convincing us that she was OK. Well obviously not when Tom found her dead. I will miss her feistiness and her pretty red fiber.