A Tender Scene
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I told you Lucky Buddy Bear loves his sheep. And he loves lambs the best. What he doesn't love is The Bonding Suite Inn, because those private little pens in the barn keep him away from his babies.
These photos were taken last Friday when Clara's baby boy was just a few hours old. This first time mother (who bears a striking resemblance to Cary) gave birth to twins, but the tiny girl died not long after she was born. I don't know why, and unfortunately a lot of times that's how it is; there are so many different things that could have gone wrong. It's never easy to accept the fact that there will always be losses during lambing season, and it always hurts to watch a baby die.
The good news is that after a rather slow (and frustrating) start figuring out exactly what each of them was supposed to do (her: be a mother, him: drink milk), they caught on to the whole mom/kid thing and are now doing just fine. Today they vacated their bonding suite and enjoyed a romp in the barnyard with the rest of the flock before curling up in the barn for bed.
Meanwhile, Bear consoles himself with the fact that once again it's time to herd all the baby lambs into the barn each night at tuck-in time. He lives for this kind of work.
Current lamb count: 12. Number of stock dogs wishing that number were about a hundred times higher? 1.
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