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Friday, October 26, 2012

Sad Day at Notforgotten Farm ~

 I woke yesterday morning to find that my beloved, 14 year old, blind Indian Runner Duck, Henry
had been snatched from his coop by some woodland animal...

to say that I am upset is an understatement.
Peter & Hannah brought home two tiny little yellow fluffers one Mother's day long ago for me ~
little Henry & little Joonie

Henry & Joonie weren't even able to play in water yet, as their feathers hadn't developed their waterproof coating...everyday, my then 4 yr old Hannah would ask me
"can they swim today Mommy?"
finally the day came for them to swim and from that day forward,
Henry & Joonie were a delight to watch and love.

sadly, Joonie passed a couple of years ago, but Henry....my old boy Henry was so devoted to her
that he turned most of his affection towards me (and the feeling was mutual)
Slowly, Henry aged ~ as each year passed I could see that he would stumble, and his eyes were fogging over....he was going blind.

everyday i would hand feed him freshly dug worms to make sure his little belly stayed full ~
and he was so used to my voice and knew his name so well that when I called to him,
he always replied...
 
my sweet gentle Henry & dove friend this past summer...
 here is the hole in the chicken wire where he was taken from in the middle of the night....
no sign of him except for a few feathers...

I am heartbroken.
 I so wanted Henry to live out his life here with me, and i had prepared myself everyday
to perhaps find him to have passed on ~ but this ~ not finding him has torn out my heart...

everyone here seems a bit sad today....
there seems to be a bit of a somber feeling to the barnyard ~

poor Buddy,...

even the roosters were quiet this morning ~

unusually quiet morning
 and poor Lazy & Buddy ~ I think they tried to scare off whatever it was...
I believe it was a tag-team of Fox...
one fox entertains the dogs on one side of the property,
whilst another fox moves in for the kill ~
I've seen it happen one other time.
I don't blame them one bit for what's happened...they are Good Boys and take the best care of us here.

Lazy...watching the woods.
I even walked all over the property & through much of our woods yesterday,
looking for a sign of poor Henry ~ but found none.
so he is gone and hopefully with his Beloved Joonie again in a beautiful, big sparkling pond all to themselves....
We will miss him terribly ~

Thank you for loving me Henry, and for allowing me to love you.


even Toby is sad.

 
Blessings from Notforgotten Farm...
Lori

48 comments:

jan said...

I am so sorry to hear about Henry. You certainly gave him a wonderful life. It sounds like all the other residents at Notforgotten Farm loved him too. I too am sad for you all. ...jan

HomeSpunPrims said...

Oh I'm so sorry Lori! How very sad for all of you at the farm. I hope you will all be comforted in your loss of Henry. Big hugs, Lori

gracie said...

Thinking of all your lovely farm family today....and you too.

Val Reaves said...

I'm a new reader and have enjoyed your blog... As an animal lover, with animal companions of my own, I am so sorry.... I am so sad for you and yours... Sometimes, life is so hard... Blessings and Comfort to you and yours.

Bittersweetfolkart said...

So sorry to hear about Henry ..

Hugs

Mandy

Rebel Blossom @ Studio 2sixty said...

Lori,
I am so sorry for your loss...

xx
Laurie Anne

primitivebettys said...

I'm so sorry, Lori. <3 Hugs & love to ya!

Paula said...

Dearest Lori, I am so very sorry for you loss of your beloved Henry! I loved reading about him and the close relationship you had with him. My heart truly breaks for you. It is so hard to lose those we love and I just hate that you could not find him. I know he is happy with his Joonie. I am praying for you, and all the sweethearts at Notforgotten Farm. You have a beautiful and tender heart! I love animals and truly understand how heartbroken you are. Sending you a comforting hug! So lovely to see all your beloved family! Toby is getting bigger! Many Blessings, Paula

Paula said...

oops.. I meant to say "your" instead of you! xo

Linda Evans said...

so sorry for your loss Lori....hugs, Linda

cucki said...

I am so sorry to hear about Henry. It sounds like a sad day for all of you.. I too am sad for you all. ..
cucki xxx

Penny said...

Oh, how sad.... I'm sorry for your loss... I know you miss him terribly.
Hugs,
Penny

Leanna said...

Oh Lori!
I am a duck lover too, and I'm just bawling my eyes out, reading this post. I understand exactly how you feel...my beloved Lulu met a very similar fate...heart breaking...that's the only word...
I always think that in heaven, if the Good Lord allows us each one pet...one to love and communicate perfectly with...I would ask to have my Trixie. She was a darling girl...Lulu's eplacement..
Maybe the Good Lord would give you TWO duckies? There's just something about them, isn't there...
xox, Leanna.

Buddy's face really says it all, doesn't it...

Ashley said...

I'm sorry for your Henry. Those foxes can tear right through chicken wire. We moved our chicken coops and pens right next to our beagles kennel. They usually alert us to any marauding foxes as your dogs do. One rainy night my beagle boys were cozy in their house when a fox attacked our "teenaged" chickens through the pen. We had to put down one baby down because the fox ripped its wing clean off through the wire. I stood out in the rain and sobbed like a baby when my husband had to do that. I hope that fox doesn't come back to your place.

C. M. Designs said...

I feel your pain, Lori. Our animals are such precious members of our families.. If you only knew the culprit who took your pet or exactly what happened to him..
I had to have our seventeen year old kitty put to sleep yesterday.. He had cancer in his lungs and was having more and more difficulty breathing..
I'm so sorry for your loss.. We are missing our kitty so much as you are missing your sweet, charming fellow..
Hugs, Charlotte in Va.

Maria said...

{{{{Hugs}}}} to you all!

WoolenSails said...

I am so sorry to hear about Henry, I know how you feel. I lost a couple of cats to coyotes and it is the hardest thing to lose them that way.

Debbie

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Lori......so so sad.....my heart is heavy with sadness for your loss.....Blessings Francine.

valerie said...

So sorry to hear about Henry!

Rugs and Pugs said...

AW! What a bummer. So sorry :(
Hugs,
Lauren

Debi said...

Dear Lori,
My heart breaks for you. I know you'll miss Henry terribly but how lucky you both were to have each other for as long as you did. I remember fondly the blog post about Henry & 'Mr. Toad' enjoying their worms together. I'm so sorry. Warm Thoughts, Debbie

Stacy Nash said...

Terribly terrible news Lori
He was lucky to have you for so many years. Now Joonie is looking after him.
My thoughts are with you and your family.....your furry family too.

Kindly,
Stacy

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Words can't express how sorry I am to hear about Henry. As a fellow animal lover, I can totally understand what you're going through. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

Jane said...

Lori - I thought you sounded sad when we talked, today. Now I know why. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how much TLC you give to all your critters. I know how much you will miss Henry.
Sending you love and hugs.

earlene said...

Oh no this is terrible!
I am so sorry!
Hugs
Earlene

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Hope Henry & Joonie are watching the moon together in that big sparkly pond tonight. *Hugs* ~Kriss~

marly said...

I'm so sorry - how heartbreaking for your family. I don't know what else to say.

P.J. said...

May your memories bring you peace. Thinking of you all at Not Forgotten Farm. My heart hurts for you.

Vicki said...

I was so sorry to read this. I too am a animal lover and feel your pain.

annie said...

So sorry you are hurting! hugs!

The Humble Stitcher said...

Oh Lori...I am so, so sad to hear about Henry. My heart goes out to you and everyone at the Farm. Sometimes life just isn't fair :(
Sending healing hugs to you,
Sandy

Lori Ann Corelis said...

Thinking of you Lori . . . My heart aches for you.

MartyG said...

Lori, I am very sorry to hear about Henry. It is so sad. Thinking of you. MartyG

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

I am very saddened by the news and my heart aches for you and poor Henry. Just not the way it should be. Thinking of you.
~Nan

Jennifer said...

How terribly sad. I'm so sorry to hear about Henry. The "not knowing" is the worst thing. I've had that happen here recently with a little black cat. Nature is a wonderful, yet cruel thing sometimes.

Rebecca from Death By Thread said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Henry. You take such good care of your little flock. ~tears~

Anonymous said...

How sad, Lori. I'm so sorry to read about Henry, poor boy. Hugs from France, Sue.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

So sorry for the loss to your family, Lori. Puppy kisses from Pixie and hugs from me!

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Birds are very special companions, different from dogs or cats, but not any less.

Lena said...

Oh Lori, I feel so sad for you all. Your photographs have captured the feelings of losing a dear friend, in a way I wouldn't have thought photos could express. I always feel such a shift in the energy around me at such times, and I imagine you all feel a bit unsettled. My heart and thoughts are with you.

Take care,
xo

Deb said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dear friend Henry, in words and pictures and the expression of feelings deeply felt. So very sorry for your loss.

carol said...

So sorry for your loss - as a daily reader of your blog I know how much your animal family means to you and I do sympathize with you for your loss

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Ohhh Lori, I am so saddened by this. Your animal family is so blessed to have you to love and care for them. I believe they are God's gift to us and I am ever so thankful for their kind of endless love. It is never easy to endure the hurt when they are gone.

Blessings & Peace to you,
Barb

Patty ♣ said...

I am so terribly sad for you! Henry was so blessed to have you to live with.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Such a sad/sweet story of your little Henry. So sorry.

Cinlyn said...

Aww...so sad...and sorry for your loss.

Natasha said...

Ohhh my heart goes out to you and the animals for the loss of your beloved pet :( So sorry for your loss. I hope time and ((HUGS)) and can heal your pain!!

NMK said...

I am so sorry, you are so special to furry & feathered friends....my heart aches for you & your family

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