When trust will not save you, but fate intervenes

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones    

Meet our two newest sheep rescues.

And meat is the fate these two narrowly escaped.

Freezer sheep edit

Bottle raised and trusting of humans, these two were to be home slaughtered for ‘the freezer’, but luckily fate intervened twice. Firstly the person intending to slaughter them was physically unable to do so, and secondly that the advertisement selling them was spotted by a good Samaritan, who intervened and changed the outcome for these two. They arranged purchase and for them to come to Honey’s Pledge for rehabilitation.

As the mercury rises, and summer is set to hit, we were luckily able to collect them today. Not knowing what fate held in store they arrived on the float, looking scared and unsure. We spoke to them assuring them that they were safe for harm and we could be trusted.

Both are desperately in need of shearing. They have obviously never been shorn and they have a huge amount of ‘dags’ making them very prone to flystrike.

For now we have them yarded with access to deep shade and lots of water, and as soon as we can arrange, our shearer will be over to relieve them of their heavy and hot fleeces, attend to parasite control, feet trimming and we will check them for any other immediate care needed.

For now both are resting in the shade, taking in their new surroundings.

Our own spice girl


Introducing Cinnamon.

Cinnamon is like many sheep who just seem to turn up out of no where, and for who no one claims ownership.

Without someone to provide a home for her the next stop would be the saleyards or straight to the abattoir, a death sentence for being homeless.

Lucky for Cinnamon she had guardian angels who wanted to make sure she did not pay with her life.

Cinnamon is a mature lady, very keen to join a flock, and who would appear to have had trusted human carers at some stage. She looks like she has a few years of fleece on her so may have been in the forest for some time. She is very similar to two recent rescues, Millicent and Mojo, and may even have a connection with them, as her colouring is unusual and she came from the same area.

Milly, Malo and Milo were on hand to welcome her.

For the moment she is in our yards making friends with her neighbouring sheep. On arrival goats and ponies turned up and she was totally unperturbed.

Welcome Cinnamon, I have a feeling you are going to be a real character.