To finally have found a vet that would come and give all our ruminants rabies shots without breaking the bank. I have lost sleep worrying about a rabid animal getting into our pens and infecting our girls, which would mean all of the sheep and goats, the llama and the donkey would probably end up being put down. Not a scenario I want to have played out here. Being as wooded as we are, I know there is plenty of nighttime activity all around us. So far we have not seen skunks or raccoons out during the day, but on occasion we see foxes, and there was a very dramatic case down in Portland recently where a rabid fox actually jumped through the open window of a man's truck cab and bit him up, in the parking lot of a big box store one morning.
After a few false starts, we met up today and all of the adult goats and sheep are taken care of. Phew! The donkey needed more than just the rabies, so we are going to catch up in two weeks to take care of one more shot. The vet is fairly new in the area and luckily is open to working with more than just horses. Big sigh of relief!
To round out the fun, our friend Chris came up from Brunswick for a spinning day. She even brought lunch with her! (I was actually supposed to go down to her place for the day, but my car is out of commission at the moment). We got some spinning done and had a little show and tell with our fiber projects (as well as a look at her new spinning wheel acquisition, an old Norwegian), ate a delicious meal of goat curry, and just generally enjoyed the time. It was a nice way to relax after the morning's work. And as a bonus, the weather continues to be clear and beautiful.