Monday, October 24, 2011

My Right Hand Man


My llama, Koo, is old. Although we don't know exactly how old he is we estimate him to be in his twenties. That's about how long llamas live. He has worn his teeth down and now has to eat a complete pelleted feed because he can't chew hay. Lately he has been going off his feed but then going right back on a few days later.
He has gone off his feed again and has not gone back on. He will eat some apples but that is about it. He is not in any pain or doesn't appear weak or sick but I'm worried about him. I'm not ready for this regal boy to cash in his chips.
He's been the guardian of my little herd for about 9 years now. He is a fixture in our neighborhood. One neighbor told me when she drives by and sees Koo she knows it's going to be a good day.
Today another neighbor dropped off a mash of beet pulp for him because she heard I needed some. That made my day...but he wouldn't eat it.
Some animals have a way of getting under your skin. Not only has he gotten under my skin but everyone that has ever met him.
Send good thoughts to my boy Koo. I don't know what I'm going to do without him.

15 comments:

Christine said...

Thinking good thoughts.

Terry Golson said...

Many, many good thoughts.

V.L. Locey said...

I`ll keep him in my thoughts.

petoskystone said...

thoughts of strength, koo! *later*,a swift journey.

schoonoverfarm said...

So sorry. It is hard to lose your right hand man, especially after 9 years.

Danni said...

Koo! You big, beautiful boy. You awesome farm protector... I am thinking of you and your farm mama today - hoping you will eat and wishing her well.
Big hugs to you both...

frugalmom said...

Oh Wendy....Im sending you all kinds of good, healing thoughts for him...and You. I dont even like to think about this.

I remember meeting him and what a handsome fellow he is. And he takes his job very seriously.

Thinking of you.

Marigold said...

Gentle vibrations and thoughts of strength being sent! What a magnificent fellow. Maybe he would eat Peanut butter. Here's hoping he gets his appetite back! I especially love the picture of him in your side bar.

Kelly said...

Many good thoughts coming your way from all of us at Mainely Ewes Farm. I'm sure Fuzzy would be right there telling you to eat your food. Come on boy! You can do it. Man, I really hate when they get old and start to show it.

Christine said...

How is he doing today?

goatgirl said...

He is doing a bit better today Christine. He ate some of his pellets and a lot of apple bits. He doesn't seem to be losing any weight so I'm wondering if he is eating enough grass and is full. We have had a resurgence of grass with the fall rains.

RANGER said...

Usually I just lurk and enjoy but this drew me out of the shadows. I do hope you are right that he is full of grass. What a clever right hand man he is.

goatgirl said...

Hi Ranger, Nothing wrong with lurking but I'm glad you came out of the shadows to comment. Thanks.

goatgirl said...

I have a bit of news on Koo that I'll share when I get home from work. He is doing better!

frugalmom said...

BETTER!!!! This is great news!