Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Good Night Chiva

Having a farm is mostly rewarding.  But some days are harder than others.

I had been wondering how much longer Chiva would be with us.  The last couple of winters had been tough on him.

He was older, but not "old."

He had a famous father, but poor conformation and skin issues that we could not get ahead of.

He was gelded early on and never a sire, but he was protective of the smaller alpacas.  So we would bring him into the Mom and Cria Corral a few weeks before we would separate the young boys from their mommas.

Chiva made weaning easier.  The little boys always had a friend who would stick up for them when the bigger boys would start to bully them.

I found him in the pasture Sunday afternoon within an hour of his passing.

His herdmates and protectors had already said their good-byes.

We're sad, even though we knew it was coming.

Chiva in younger days

Crescent Moon's Chivalry, we've enjoyed knowing you.  Thank you for being part of our herd.

2 comments:

Katja said...

I'm sorry, Kathryn.

Chrisknits said...

So sorry for the loss. He seems to have been a wonderful part of your family.