Remember that moment you knew you were getting a new puppy, kitten, or other pet? Giddiness, joy, excitement fill your senses and everything is absolutely blissful in your mind as you picture happily ever after with your pet. But what happens when shit hits the fan? I remind y’all all the time what a HUGE commitment a pet can be, but this week, my neighbours learned a hefty lesson.
This August, my mother sat on her deck early in the morning sipping on her coffee enjoying the sun as it peaked over the Purcell mountains. Nearly choking on her mouthful, she noticed something white in the neighbour’s horse pen—something white, a new goat perhaps? No, apparently one of the horses had been with foal prior to them purchasing the horse. A little Paint girl was born and my mother sat bewildered, as did the neighbours as they stared out their house windows at the new bouncing baby girl awaiting in the pen. I will mention that these horses are the first horses these people ever owned. Fast forward 6 months. Once again we’re looking out our window at their horse pen (there’s not much going on here, neighbour watch is a regular thing) and we see mama horse waking with her head hung low and then laying down for 30-60 minutes all afternoon. Having 2 horses, and many others previously, my mother walked over to the neighbour’s fence and told them that something was wrong with their horse and the vet needed to be called. He said she had been doing this all day and he’d instead call his wife (who was away) to see what he should do. Within 30 minutes the local vet was on site and extracting an anal blockage. The horse was locked into the barn for rest, away from her foal which still was nursing, and we hoped she’d pull through. The next day we see a large back hoe (digging machine) on their property as we stare out our window. Mama had died during the night and they need to bury her body. Her foal is very upset and still missing her, but luckily has another older horse to console her.
So, this experience, although not quite my own, has taught me about the necessity of doing your RESEARCH before owning a type of pet that is new to you. It’s possible that many accidents, illness’, and other issues can be prevented, cured, or helped before they become lethal. It is important to know your pet, and get to know them fast, and about their breeds, characteristics, etc so that you can know when to “panic”.
Rest In Peace sweet Mama ❤