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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Looking to the future.

Sadly , on Sunday we had to make the descision and have Diablo put to sleep. An abscess had burst in his ear canal on Friday and I was really praying that the antibiotics would have begun to act - he was on a third type by this time - but unfortunately not . I took him on his last visit to the vet and made the vet promise not to mention that I cried , when he next saw me! It was incredibly quick, seconds really , and then home to the herd for mum to begin to realise he was gone. Poor Veronica was distraught and stood by him for the whole day. Finally I took him away at dusk , I really didn't want the foxes to get him . Veronica is still unhappy but is slowly getting better.

Meanwhile , matings carry on at a pace , I am determined that next year we will have a good strong crop of cria with a strong colour bias. The herd is looking well , and an infection that had started around Brizo's ear tag has subsided with the help of some anti biotic cream and anti fly cream , gosh the flies are bad this year. I am also hoping that we are nearly ready to make some hay , I leave it to the far superior knowledge of the farmer next door , but every year I am raring to go and he advises caution - he's usually right !


Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Sorry to hear this news after such a long haul for you. It just wasn't meant to be, and you tried all you could.

Lois Evensen said...

Awww, I am so sorry about Diablo. So sad.

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Sorry to hear your news Suzanne...Hope you and Mum are feeling a little bettter.

We too are always eager to get the hay making started, but as you say you can't beat years (or indeed generations)of farming experience...hence we are waiting!

Cotswold Vale Alpacas said...

Sorry to hear about Diablo, it bought tears to my eyes. You made the hardest decision a breeder could ever make, but it was the right decision.

I hope Veronica is ok and can get over her loss.

The hardest thing to say is "Life goes on", but it does and you will have many more new babies to look forward to.


Alpaca Sue in Wales said...

So sorry about Diablo Suzanne, you must have been heartbroken. Good to get on with making next year's babies though - who are you using over whom? xxx

Eliane said...

Sorry about Diablo. Poor little thing.

And I can confirm the flies are horrible. Was bitten by something that left a great big red and itchy mark - probably while Magic was doing his business noisily! Think it may have been a horsefly. Bleah!