Thursday, November 1, 2018

Goodbye Gigi

This one's a little rough, and extraordinarily sad for me...

We had to say goodbye to Gigi, our almost 10-year resident goose here on the homestead. It wasn't necessarily that she had died, it was how...

Sue went into the barn one morning to get the dogs out of the kennel to take them up to one of the goat fields for their morning time up there, and when she opened the back door to the barn, the dogs met her there.

Wait...what??!! she thought. That's impossible...the dogs are in the kennel!

It was true; they were out, and the worst fear had come to pass...

Being Border Collies, they have an extremely strong instinct to chase down animals, and sadly with birds, eat them. And sure enough, Sue found Gigi dead. She took up the dogs, and came and got me, and it was true. Interestingly, Gigi didn't seem to have too many injuries to her, only torn open a little in her chest, but maybe the whole experience was too much physically, or something happened to her neck, or the injuries were just worse than they looked, but she was gone. We pray she didn't really suffer and that it was quick and painless.

The chain link fencing at the bottom of the kennel door had been pulled up some, and the dogs had apparently squeezed through. Brodey at times past has become scared or something, usually in thunderstorms, and will bite on the kennel door fencing and pull on it. He's even broken a lower canine of his, we figure from doing that. Well, we assume this is what happened and how they got out.

It's so heart wrenching, because it was easily preventable. And needless to say, we are much more aware of the conditions of the kennels now.

But, before the world was even created, God planned in His wisdom and goodness to grant us just 5 days short of 10 years to take care of His gift Gigi, who brought pleasantness to the homestead. And we thank the Lord that no other animals were killed with the dogs free like that -- a great grace and mercy!


Here is Gigi with each of her mates, including videos of their introductions:

When Gary met her:




And when she met Augie:




And finally, when she met Gustav:




And here's a final video of she and Gustav, after Gustav had got a watermelon rind stuck on him. We hope God grants us another female at some point so Gustav will not be alone:




We thank the Lord for allowing us to have Gigi and the blessing she was, and thanks again to the folks that gave her to us!


Goodbye, Gigi...

Our Goose Gigi

Gigi Nesting

Gigi's Grave

Gigi's Headstone


-- David

2 comments:

bayougirl said...

It was so sad to read about Gigi the goose. It is hard to lose our animals, even though we try not to get attached to them. I enjoyed reading about her adventures. Jill

David and Susan Sifford said...

Thanks Jill. Yes, it's sad to see her go.

We appreciate you saying hello!