As you can tell from my lack of regular posts lately, things have been a bit busy around Oleo Acres. Oh, the sheep have been fine or rather now are fine that weaning is over. The only interesting thing has been nursing Ole through what I now believe is a reaction to the spray used to keep insect pests away from the sheep. All the other sheep are doing fine, but Ole acts like a guy in an itchy wool suit (pun intended) trying to scratch himself on anything and everything.
I even had "Dr. Rob" come out to see if he could discern Ole's strange behavior. Rob gave him a steroid injection and an antibiotic, just to be sure, but the itchiness continued until last evening when the little light went on in my brain. The "Hired-Hand-with-Benefits" held Ole while I quickly washed an area on his neck and rinsed it very thoroughly to see if by removing traces of the repellent would alleviate any of the itching problem. This morning it seems to have worked so now I know not to apply anything with pyrethrins in it near or on poor Ole.
As for the rest of my time, it's been spent trying to keep the house in some order, reassuring older cats we still love them and please don't pee on things 'cause your stressed (maybe I should start doing the same as MY stress level has definitely hit the higher end of the scale), and keeping 6 kittens and one mother cat from completely taking over the house and holding us hostage.
The good news is that yesterday I took all the kittens in for their first shots and they can now be taken into loving homes! Friends of ours have been taken with both Dora the Explorer and Ringleader of this wee mob, and her sister/cohort in crime, Pippi Longstockings. I know they will be well cared for but I just wonder if these friends know what they are in for...
Naturally, they fell in love with two very smart kittens...Dora especially. That little cat can get out of, over, under, anything between her and what she wants. Hmm...then again...maybe I should just keep my lips sealed and smile. ;-)
**NOTE: As of this evening (9 July, Ole is doing much better! He's now back in with his mates and begging for cookies! I think that's Life #3 or #4 for Ole. He seems to be the one who can get in, and out, of trouble doing things the other sheep wouldn't even think about. Maybe he's a cat in Sheep's Clothing? :)