Heartbroken and feeling very guilty.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by taraann81, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    We went away for the weekend and I did what I always do. Put my goats, Oliver my wether and Sweet pea my doeling into the small but super safe pen. I removed their collars and linked the collars to the fencing like I always do so that the collars would be handy to put back on the goats when I moved the goats again. My mom came to feed and check on them both days we were gone.

    Everything was fine when we got home last night and the goats were happy to see us! I put their collars on and moved them into the barn for the night. I forgot/didn't even think about removing their collars.

    This morning I went out to let them out and saw sweet pea with her collar stuck in a notch on one of the boards. I don't know how she managed to get her collar up there. It wasn't even that high. JUst high enough to pull her collar up and cut of her air supply. her front feet were just a few mm from the floor.

    She was already gone.

    I feel so bad. I had the urge to check on them last night as I sometimes do and I decided against it. I was right out by the barn locking the chickens up and decided not to peak in. I assume she was in that position even at that time because this morning she was cold and rigor mortis had already set in. I feel like I could have saved her.

    I am just devastated. We loved this friendly little goat.

    Learn from my mistake, do not put a collar on your goats. Accidents happen.
  2. HenPen

    HenPen Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    New Hampshire
    Oh I am so sorry for your loss.
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    So sorry that happened. [​IMG] Don't dwell on it, just learn from the experience, and share that learning with others (as you've done here).
  5. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    [​IMG] I am so sorry! I know that was horrible to see. After loosing one animal when i didnt listen to myintuition I always go y what my gut says.

    That happened to one of my little girls this past summer [​IMG]

    Luckily we took the collar off the other one , and the next week she kidded! Didnt even know she was prego!
  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Oh I feel so badly for you.
  7. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    I have had that happen too, but with a dog who hung himself and my uncle had a horse that got his shoe caught in his halter and broke his neck struggling.
  8. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    I have felt lucky. I have had animals my whole life and have lost almost all to old age. When I was a kid my dog got hit by a car. But other than that we have not had anything so devastating happen. We pride ourselves in the care we provide all of our animals. Just a few weeks ago sweat pea was really sick and we rushed her to the vet on a sunday.

    SO when something like this happens it makes me rethink owning animals. We love them so much and put so much effort into them that the heartache is just too much.

    Also now I am left with a lonely little wether. He is just out there crying. When we first got goats everyone said that you should have 2. Now poor Ollie will be alone maybe forever or at least until next spring. He doesn't do well alone. Even when I would take sweat pea aside to do her feet. He would cry if I didn't let him out to be near her. They were very bonded.
  9. Luvin Life

    Luvin Life Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    [​IMG] sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

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