Latest Update - Polly passed away around noon, Tuesday 11/5.
Update: As of this Tuesday late morning, Polly the goat is still clinging to life. Victoria and Caroline are en-route once again to the veterinarian to have her IV fixed. Thanks so much for your prayers for them!
It has been a very difficult weekend for Victoria and Caroline as they have been nursing, round the clock, one of their significantly pregnant does that has been on the brink of death since Friday. It is always so hard . . . first off, not being able to quickly and accurately diagnose what the sickness is; (There are so many things it could be, that all have somewhat similar symptoms.); then, to give her every conceivable remedy, all the while drenching her with fluids of every kind and with not seeing much, if any improvement; to watch the doe be so uncomfortable; and then to consider not only losing the momma, but her babies as well. (They think she could have up to 3 within her, and have a waiting list for up to 4 of her babies.) With all of this, our hearts feel very heavy and sad. We'd be so grateful for your prayers for Victoria and Caroline. We were planning to have Caroline's special "birthday" day today, but will postpone it for a happier day. :-(
Meanwhile, Blackberry, one of Valerie's momma labs, decided to surprise her early this morning, with an unexpected early onset of labor and delivery. After checking her good before bed last night, Valerie was sure, from not observing any of the usual early signs of labor, that she would not be giving birth in the night. So thankfully, because Caroline and Victoria stayed up through the night with their sick doe, they noticed Blackberry was delivering her puppies at around 4am, and woke Valerie up! This is always an exciting time, to see how many and what colors and genders she will have!
We have such mix of emotions now, with celebrating this new life on one side of the house, while grieving the potential loss of up to four special lives in the barn on the other side.