The day we had to have Jemima put to sleep, by Laura
Sad news has struck the farm after an unfortunate event on the 31st of August, Jemima the beautiful pet sheep had to be put to sleep. Her arthritis was taking over her life making it virtually impossible for her to stand up and walk around, it got worse every day. Seeing her stumble around in the field made you really feel for her, it broke our hearts.
On the morning of the day, we had to put her in the boot of the car, lying on a blanket. As the car started to move she “bleated” her unique sound until she finally calmed down. I sat in the back seat stroking her, whispering messages to her, seeing how she was. None of us wanted her put down but to a responsible owner, it matters what is best for the animal no matter how much it hurts the owner.
We arrived at the vets and cuddled Jemima until the vet came. She bleated softly, enjoying the company of us but not knowing what was going on. We took her out of the car and as she is too heavy for John to carry, she limped over to a garage. We put her on a collar and lead as she sniffed around at the boxes and objects as we hugged her and gently began to speak to her. The vet came. She talked about how there was nothing that we could do to make her better, and putting her down would be the right thing to do. We said our last goodbyes though tears were running down all of our cheeks, she gave the last bleat we would ever hear from hear from her mouth.
The vet took her and she stood at the door, looking at us, thinking where we were going without her. Tissues were soaked up in tear water. I felt I couldn't leave her, it felt harder than I could have possibly imagined. We walked away, as hard as it was, our hearts bleeding. I said through my tears “I can’t leave her”, it turned into a whisper, then a thought that would stay in my head forever. Rest In Peace Jemima, our little darling.
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