in loving memory of Carpet

Yet another tragedy has hit this morning and we realize again, how precious life is and how easily it can be taken away.

The Thurston's woke up this morning and checked on the flock and found that poor little Carpet had died in the night. We all knew he was very frail and slow and he just wasn't able to keep up with his sisters when it came time to feed. They kept a very close eye on him and were going to start bottle feeding today. We have all learned that it is very difficult when ewe's have triplets, not only is it amazing if none come out with problems but also important that the mother has enough milk for all. All these experiences are how we learn but it's still so sad.
He was the one we were thinking about buying and trying our hand at raising a few sheep. His wool was so amazing and thick, thus the name Carpet. Joel thought it would be fun to try and reproduce this wonderful wool. They may breed Gracie again next year so maybe another chance may arrive to get a black one again.

Many hands have held him and he was loved by all. Bye Carpet.


  1. Near this spot
    Are deposited the Remains
    of one
    Who possessed Beauty
    Without Vanity,
    Strength without Insolence,
    Courage without Ferocity,
    And all the Virtues of Man
    Without his Vices.
    This Praise, which would be unmeaning flattery
    If inscribed over Human Ashes,
    Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
    "Boatswain," a Dog
    Who was born at Newfoundland,
    May, 1803,
    And died at Newstead Abbey
    Nov. 18, 1808.

    -Epitaph to a Dog by Lord Byron