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In 2008, Louise was seized in a neglect case from a farmer who raises lambs for meat. A neighbor saw a bundle of wool on the ground in a field. He discovered that the wool was a live sheep frozen to the ground. He talked to the farmer who knew she was there but was going to let her die. The neighbor took the sheep off the farmer’s hands and cared for her until he moved.

Here her brace is visible

Louise lost part of her left ear to frostbite and, while the neighbor was well-meaning, he didn’t realize that she had a severely overgrown back hoof which was twisting the ankle on that leg. When the neighbor brought Louise to WFS, we trimmed her hoof and had vets look at the problem. She was fitted with shoes that helped adjust her ankle over the the course of a few months.

Now, eight years later, she gets around really well and is always calling for attention. In fact, she is known for her over-the-top, loud “bah” that draws in all of our visitors. She likes to be with the flock sometimes, but other times she meanders off on her own to graze in the field or to stand by the fence and “bah” loudly to demand attention from the humans.

We often let her out to free-range around the farm since she loves to get out and chomp on some fresh new grass at our much larger sanctuary, especially in the springtime!

Despite her history prior to WFS, she really loves people. She competes with some of our other sheep and goats (specifically Ashton, Marin, and Bert) for human affection. She will put her face right next to yours as you pet her head and the one perfect ear – and the other ear, just as perfect in a different way, that reminds us of where she came from.


louise - 09  Jenny and Louise Sheep