Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Until Death Do Us Part | Part Two

After coming home from judging UIL Storytelling this evening I found Avo's crumpled and muddy body next to the sheep shed. It appears he was stomped to death by Finley. I had noticed a little aggression recently and the thought that this could happen even briefly ran through my head this morning.

But they had lived together for three years since Finley's birth, and just the other day on our walk Finley was concerned his chicken had fallen behind. I cannot claim to know what goes on in the sheep mind. Avo could fly up and out of the pen if he needed to I told myself. He did it all the time. I wish I had listened to that little voice. I even had the thought since Phoebe's passing that maybe it was time for Avo to live with his own feathered people again. Take up with a nice Ameraucana hen.

Avo is in my blog mast head, and in my lap on the holiday cards yet to print. The card that won't get printed now. He's all over my blog as he loved to be photographed. So much for our peaceable kingdom. I can hardly bear the heaviness this season has already brought. He was the best chicken, and will be in my heart forever. There will never be another chicken like him. I knew this day would be hard, but I never knew it would come so soon or by the hoof of another loved one. I feel like it was my fault for not listening to my intuition. This is a tough one. We just buried him on top of his beloved Phoebe.

I'm going to take a break from blogging for a while.


Anonymous said...

Sage, you have my sympathy ....bob

thecrazysheeplady said...

I am so sorry. {{{hug}}}

Anonymous said...

Oh Sage,I am so sorry, there is nothing tougher than the loss of a dear pet.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh so sorry, my friend. I wonder what had gotten into Finley. Was Avo just annoying him? It's not your fault. You can't control the actions of your critters.
He was a beloved pet and lived a charmed life there with you.
If I were you, I'd still send out those Christmas cards. That is such a great photo and it would be a wonderful way to memorialize your dear rooster friend.


Ed said...

Sorry bout that too..:-(

Dana and Daisy said...

gosh Sage, that is rough. I hope you will renew your spirit while taking your break.

Roxann said...

I'm sorry to come to this thread so late, Sage. It's so to lose a loved critter. :(

Sherri said...

I am so sorry to see this. I'm glad my Sunday Stills post this morning brought you some comfort. I've been so busy lately that I hadn't gotten around to reading everyone's blogs. I agree with Lisa. If you can bring yourself, to do it, it would be a fitting tribute to Avo to send those cards. :)

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

I understand.. I have cried my eyes out for a beloved, though unusual pet. They can grab your heartstrings..and not let go..forever..

My heart is with you...I am so sorry.

Ann said...

Did Finley really do it? Had Avo been annoying him that much?

My nieces had a pig and horses. The pig was a pet and claimed the whole stable was hers. She kept annoying the horses.

One morning, they found the pig dead. They reckoned the horses said enough is enough. One of them kicked the pig, and he went to pig heaven with the help of some Dingos, australia wild dogs.

Callie said...

It may have been an accident. Playing with a chicken with hooves could have led to this result. You can't protect them all the time. He had a very good life. Sorry it happened.

Kerrie said...

So So Sorry!! My heart hurts for you as I would be crushed,too! God Bless and many hugs! Kerrie

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Hi Sage,

I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you. I hope you are ok.

A beautiful, peaceful Christmas for you guys,

Anonymous said...

im sorry for your loss :(

i wish you a merry christmas x

Jemm said...

So sorry to hear about this. It is very tragic. I can't imagine how you must feel. I pray God will comfort you and ease your sadness.

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