Sunday, December 5, 2010

R.I.P. Casper 1992 - 2010


Early this evening my sweet four legged farm friend was calling to me for his supper. I gave him a quick kiss on the nose and told him I would be back as soon as I fed the dogs. After finishing the goat girls and dogs I was on my way back to the barn that Casper and his buddy Sugar govern over the youngest billies. Casper gave me his sweet smile and before I knew it he fell to his knees and crumbled into a heap. I ran with all I was worth to get to him, I stood him up but one side could not even hold his weight. I picked him up and with that strange strength you get when it is really life and death I carried him into the barn. I ran for the vet kit and blankets but knew in my heart that my dear friend was not long for this world. Still I would try everything I could. I got him covered, and started the heater, tried to get warm fluids into him but he no longer could swallow. I got on the ground with him and placed his head in my lap. I whispered to him of all the wonderful times we had together as I stroked his neck and held him close. The lovely fiber he has shared with me and my customers over the years as been nothing but pure perfection. The wisdom and patience he gave to each years batch of new billies here on the farm I feel is why my boys are such kind and gentle billies. I had this kind hearted friend for 13 years and knew this day was coming but I was not willing for it to be today but really there was never going to be a day that I would be ready...
So I wish to thank Casper for all those moments that have made my time, care and love with him so wonderful - I will never forget you and I hope I added to your life while you where here.
Blessings and Love to you Casper

10 comments:

Brenda Courtney Larson said...

Oh Grace, I'm so sorry about Casper. I know it is like losing a memeber of the family...they are more than just farm animals. I hope you will enjoy many happy memories of having him on your farm and be comforted by the knowledge that you provided him a very good life.

Split Rock Ranch said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Grace. It is never easy, no matter how old they are. At least he went quickly without suffering and you could be there with him until the end. You're in my prayers.

Lisa said...

Grace, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the fact that you were there with Casper at the end and that he went peacefully will help ease your pain. It never gets any easier to lose a family member. You are in my thoughts.

Sheri said...

Grace I am so sorry to hear about Casper. You must be devastated. Know that I am keeping you in my prayers as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful 4 legged family member.

monica said...

Grace, I am so very sorry to hear about Casper! My heart absolutely goes out to you!! How is Sugar doing? Give him a hug for me!!
Hugs and prayers,Monica

Jane said...

I am so so sorry to hear about Casper. My thoughts are with you.

pencraftco said...

Oh, I am so sorry. I am so glad you got to comfort him as he passed into a new place--one filled with lush grass, warm days, light afternoon rain and rainbows.

stregata said...

So sorry, Grace. It is so hard to let them go. My heart bleeds for you.

Anonymous said...

There are no words to comfort, what there is Grace to hold on to is that you were there for you Baby, Casper and that is the greatest gift of Unconditional Love shared between you both. My heart is with you, and what is most important is that Casper is Always with YOU now in Spirit.

Redd said...

I am so sorry.
My heart goes out to you and my tears as well. I cried reading it. You no doubt gave him all the love in the world while he was here and he had you till the end.
<3