Thursday, August 28, 2014

Death comes for a visit

I have been so busy raising 6 motherless kittens I have not had much time for myself. I have been watering all 3 veggie gardens and trying to process corn, tomatoes, and potatoes. I have almost given up the veggie garden after I found blister beetles all over the kale and collards. They are impervious to everything. And they eat everything that is green.

But today three of my hand raised kittens went to a new home. Leaving me three to take to our local no kill animal shelter. And that leaves the two new baby kittens that have issues. One died this week and the other two have to be isolated until I get them medicated for upper respiratory. They either become immune to this or they perish. It is hard to lose an animal, but is also a relief they are no longer suffering.

My sweet 10 year old Rose a Rex bunny died this week after her struggle with tumors in her lungs. Our vet said there was nothing he could do, but let her live out the rest of her life. She was not in pain, just coughed a lot. So she still got to run and play outside and be a happy rabbit. But then I was woken up by my husband at 2am in the morning, Rose had died in her cage. On the farm this means time to dig a hole or toss in the dead pile. We did not want to wildlife getting to her. So we both got outside and my husband dug a deep hole for her and buried her on the farm under the cherry tree.

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