Tuesday, October 26, 2010

In Memoriam

Bluff Country Skittles Bluff Country Skittles - May 7, 2003 to Summer, 2010

It is with deep regret that I inform long-time readers of this blog about the passing of one of the great Shetland rams. Bluff Country Skittles passed away in the high pastures of Colorado this past summer. Skit was a young ram, just 7 when he died, but he left a large impact, as big as he was, on many hearts during his life.

Skittles had gone up to Jared Lloyd's ranch the summer about this time last fall. I needed new bloodlines for my small operation and Jared was very keen on adding Skittles genetics to his flock as well as "collecting" him for posterity and keeping his genetics available to future generations. Sadly, that was not to be.

One morning this summer, Jared said he walked into the sheep shed to find Skit lying down, front legs crossed and his chin resting on them the way he slept many times. But he didn't move. When Jared went over to rouse him from his sleep, he discovered that Skit had passed on. There was no sign of trauma or markings in the dirt of a struggle or thrashing. Just Skit, asleep.

I know I will miss him. He was one of my first Shetland loves and a truly majestic ram in so very many ways. He had almost perfect conformation, was large but well-built and had personality to spare. I couldn't have asked for a better ram to begin earnest breeding with. He had it all.

I will miss our walks around the place, Skit...and how you would gently sway me towards the apple tree for a snack of leaves if you could get away with it. You left some mighty big hooves to fill, Buddy...

...and I will miss you.

10 comments:

monica said...

I am so sorry to hear about Skittles!
Hugs,Monica

Michelle said...

How sad -- and strange! But a perfect way to go; may we all be so blessed as to die in our sleep. I hope Jared got lots of lambs from him this spring!

katie said...

Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear about Skittles. He looks so good, the horns rest perfectly along his jaw line, just gorgeous. This post made me cry, from one shepherdess to another, I know how lose feels in the heart. Bless you and the remaining flock.

Hugs to Ewe,
Shepherdess Katie

Becky said...

So sorry to hear it, he was a very pretty ram, had a great presence.

klefevre said...

He was indeed a nice ram, Becky.
Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Since I'm removed from the direct impact, it was easier to deal with. But, unfortunately, Jared was waiting until this fall to use him and collect him. He's the one who lost allot more than a single ram.

Leigh said...

Oh no! It seems so bizarre. I know Jared must feel terrible, but you will miss him most. Oh Kathy, I am truly sorry. And sad. Big hugs to you.

libertatemamo said...

Awwww...gorgeous pic of a gorgeous boy

Sharon said...

So unfortunate - he was a beautiful Shetland boy. Mim lost her ram recently too. It's a tough blow to a breeder, to say nothing of a personal loss. I'm sorry.

Robin said...

I'm sorry. What a pretty boy he was.

Ozarkhomesteader said...

I'm so sorry to learn of Skittle's passing. He was a glorious ram.