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Country Life… and Death

The thing about country life is that there is also the other side of life. Death.

Since moving to the country, it seems that we have seen more than our share of death of beloved pets. We have mourned with our children over a pet rabbit, a mama cat, and a bottle fed baby goat.

And now, late at night, while trying to medicate a sick goat, we had to endure tears as we helplessly watched him die. Our 17 year old, Madison, bought and paid for him with her own money, and had planned to show him in the upcoming 4-H stock show. She was holding him as he died.

Goodbye, Leonardo. You will be missed.

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  1. Connie- I am so sorry. This must be so hard.
    What was he ill from? I’ve never a goat. Do they fall ill easily?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      He had “bloat” and his stomach was HUGE. It went from “… Hm. That looks uncomfortable.” to “WHOA! He looks like he might POP!” in a matter of hours.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your daughter has a beautiful heart and loving spirit. Do you know the cause of his death?I love goats and Leonardo was beautiful. Thoughts and prayers for everyone.

  3. I’m sorry to hear…. BTDT… :(

    What cute goats. Country living can be like that.

  4. We recently had to lay our beloved pet hamster Rosie to rest after three long and wonderful years. I took it harder than the kids because a couple months before her death she had looked so old and her brown hair was grayish and she no longer ran in her wheel. I don’t care if it’s a hamster or goat, death is hard. I hope you daughter finds peace :0(

  5. I am so sorry losing a pet is never hard. Sending prayers such a wonderful daughter to be there with he beloved goat at the end.

  6. Some day your children will look back on this and bless you. Most kids in our culture are so insulated from death that it becomes “something that happens somewhere else to other people.” Children that grow up in the kind of environment where they have to witness this unfortunate consequence of the fall, in an up close and personal way, will be more well balanced as they have to eventually face the death of someone they love. These kinds of trials are building into your children the strength they will need for life. May they find their comfort in the Lord and cling to Him all their lives.

  7. We also have had our share of deaths. i have four children and we’ve never really had a pet. This past year we moved to NC so that my husband could pastor a church in Lattimore. Much to our delight, our neighbors had goats and this past spring there were 3 kids born. Before 2 months had past two of the babies and two of the mamas had died. One of the mothers had died and that left the baby for my daughter to mother. she was delighted, but about 3 weeks later, my daughter (13 yrs) watched helplessly for 3 days as the baby got weaker and was obviously in pain, and then as she died. Then two days later, she went to (for the first time) go visit her grave only to find that an animal had got to the grave and dug her back up. There were many tears and occasionally even now as she lays in bed she’ll think about Cinnamon and still cries about it. I have felt so helpless in the situation. Trying to comfort her has been hard, but i have always pointed her back to the Lord trying to mold her heart not to become bitter towards Him. It has been a learning experience for all of us.

  8. So very sorry for your loss.

  9. That is so heartbreaking. I can only imagine how hard that must have been, especially for your daughter (and for you, knowing how sad it made her!). We had a complete full-family cry fest a couple of months ago when we experienced our first loss since moving to the country. We bought baby chicks this spring, and our kids have treated those ladies like any other beloved family pet. When we called in our free-ranging gals for coop roll-call one night, we were shy one bird. I came in and quietly told my husband, who then proceeded to scour every acre of our property for signs of the missing chicken, with no success. We finally had to come back in and announce the news to our children. They were so stoic for about 30 whole seconds, until my 8-yr-old daughter cried out, “But she was one of my faaaavorites.” Then she burst into the most heart-wrenching tears I have ever seen from any of my children. We all lost it, and just had a good cry. That’s when I realized that it was the first time our children had really experienced death in our ten years as parents. It was a good lesson…but certainly not an easy one. Hugs to you & yours.

  10. Goats do seem to die easily. We’ve had a few die–one was attacked by a dog and injured so badly we knew she wouldn’t recover, so we hastened the inevitable; another was a runt (last born of quadruplets) that we tried to bottle-feed till it died at about 4 days old; another probably had a bad case of worms. Sometimes I wonder if our children have too casual a view of animal death. We ran a poultry-processing plant for several years, butchering about 5,000 birds a year, and our children have no problem whatsoever with raising, butchering, and then eating an animal. Then again, I think that’s a fairly healthy mindset. They do well at caring for the animals and treating them kindly. Death is just a part of life and it’s good for children to grow up knowing that.


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