Before I begin today's post...
I must tell you that our party was great on Saturday.
I have a few pictures to share with you.... more tomorrow, I promise.
I sit here at my computer with such a heavy heart.
I usually try to keep this blog light and happy, but sometimes...
well sometimes reality smacks you in the face and sadness hangs on you like a heavy cloak.
(And please excuse me....for what we experience here on the farm
is nothing compared to the burden carried by those who have been touched by
recent disaster and senseless violence.)
Many of you have followed the story of Pete. (You can read the beginning here.)
Pete was the saddest sack of bones you would have ever seen...
close to death...
until his lucky day when Dr. Becky rescued him and brought him to the farm to live.
With her love and care Pete thrived.
He gained weight and began some occasional work under saddle.
Pete was sweet and willing and eager to please.
Becky had intended to give Pete to our friend Anna, who often helps us around the farm.
It seemed that this horse who had had such a sad life until last March
was now destined to live out his life in perfect bliss...
the picture of health...
a truly happy horse.
Sadly, yesterday, Pete developed something called a "volvulus"
for no apparent reason.
When a horse develops a volvulus, its bowel twists on itself,
cutting off circulation to the bowel...resulting in cell death of the bowel tissue.
Pete's volvulus was severe enough that he had to be "put down."
Our sympathy goes out to Dr. Becky and to Anna...
who both cared for and loved this horse.
We will all miss watching him in our pastures.
He was a living testimony to the power of love.
We had hoped he would represent the happy ending that we desire for all who are neglected or abused.
It was just not to be.
I am so sorry to be sharing so many sad stories these past two weeks.
But this is life on the farm.
We take the good with the bad.
We celebrate the good.
We mourn the bad.
We say a prayer of thanks that the good always outweighs the bad.
We know on those sad days when tears stain our faces
that tomorrow will bring smiles.
We are surrounded by love...
and love heals all.