Owner Realizes Pet Sheep Growing Sicker By Day, Suddenly Makes Miraculous Discovery Inside Barn
FaithTap Staff 3/20/2017
Ten years ago, Amy Hill bought her first ewe and named her Dotty. With her good and affectionate nature, Dotty quickly carved out a spot for herself in Amy's heart. Dotty kick-started Amy's love of sheep and was an integral part in the start of Amy's sheep farm, located in Nova Scotia, Canada.
At Snowy River Farms, Amy raises animals without corn or soybeans, but instead encourages pasture grazing and tender loving care of the animals there. It's known for being a happy home!
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But when Amy headed out to the pasture for her morning chores one day, what she found gripped her heart with fear. Her stomach plunged and she momentarily panicked. She couldn't believe what was going on.
Amy found Dotty lying on her back (who was pregnant at the time) with her eyes rolled back in her head, struggling to breathe. Amy shared on Facebook that she ran to her favorite ewe to see what she could do to help her. She flipped Dotty onto her front and held her upright while dialing the vet. It was a tearful phone call that she made.
The veterinarian suspected pregnancy toxemia, so Amy ran to the house to retrieve an apple and molasses, natural sources of sugar, to stimulate her system and help Dotty recover. Afterward, she stopped by the vet's office to pick up a jug of glycol to administer three times a day. Slowly but steadily, Dotty returned to her old self.
Perplexed by what had happened, the veterinarian and Amy guessed that Dotty suffered from toxemia because she was carrying larger than usual lambs. She'd been cross-bred with a bigger ram and she appeared to be heftier than she had with past pregnancies. Amy regularly checked on Dotty, since she was expected to deliver soon.
Even though she showed the telltale signs of imminent birthing, nothing happened. Faced with the possibility that Dotty had lost her baby or babies, Amy was crushed. Then another thought crossed her mind.
"I felt her stomach for movement but there was nothing. Through talks with the vet, we figured there was a poor presentation of lambs and her body had just given up. We thought the lambs had passed away inside of her and that we were now facing a dangerous situation with her carrying them still."
Now, Amy was faced with the possibility of having to euthanize her sheep, her beloved Dotty, the first ewe she'd ever owned. She couldn't stomach the idea. She tried one more method to try and save her and the baby or babies.
"She started my love of sheep; she is my best ewe friend and she means the world to me ... We gave her a shot on Monday as a last effort, hoping it would allow her to pass the lambs on her own so we didn't need to worry about infection. I checked her multiple times yesterday and still no change."
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Amy cleared her schedule for the next day, so she could spend as much time as she could with her precious Dotty. She had to face the fact that for her sheep's health and safety, she was going to have to put her down. She didn't sleep well that night and trudged up the hill to the barn the next morning, preparing herself for a day full of "sad cuddles" with Dotty.
But what she found in the barn shocked her. She couldn't believe what she was seeing. It was a miracle!
"As I walked around the corner, I noticed a new lamb walking with the others. I ran to Dotty's pen and counted four new babies, all alive and all standing around, covered in their mother still, wanting to drink! Now, Katahdins are not known for a large number of babies. Dotty gives us two religiously; Penny has given us triplets before. But never four! Dotty was just standing there, looking completely empty and begging for treats as she usually does."
Amy admitted she was floored. She was so stunned and so relieved that she didn't have to put Dotty down that she cried for 30 minutes. She shared her fear and her joyful discovery on Facebook.
"The relief that my girl is still with us and that she has blessed us with four beautiful babies (three boys, one girl) is overwhelming in the best of ways."
Not only is Amy's love for Dotty evident, but the way she cares for her and her other sheep is admirable. Even though Dotty successfully delivered quads, Amy said her favorite ewe will be retired to preserve her health. What a touching story!
Source: Facebook/Snowy River Farms