My first sheep Ebony died yesterday. She was 14 1/2 years old. I fell in love with sheep at a fair and then decided to get Shetland sheep after doing some research. At the time they were harder to find, but I noticed a card at the feed shore for Shetland sheep for sale on Whidbey Island at Mystic Knoll farm. So I went out there expecting to buy just Ebony but her half-sister Sadie climbed into my lap for petting, and I took them both home.
Ebony has always been a calm, tough sheep. They survived when they busted into the feed a little after one month after I got them. She produced 10 lambs for us without any assistance. We still have two of them, Coco and Jet. She has been thin and old for the last several winters but was always stubborn to keep her freedom and feisty with food. I started getting complacent that she would live through another cold winter and did not think to say good-bye to her when I last saw her. She was a great sheep, and I will greatly miss her. So join me and enjoy the slideshow of her and some of her lambs.