Sunday, June 12, 2011
The Sunshine Returns, a Trip to the Bunny Playground and a Very, Very Sad Sheep Story at the Lazy Vegan
Solo being Solo!
Finally it seems like June at the Lazy Vegan! The sun is back and the weather is perfect...almost too warm on some days, but after so much rain we're not quite ready to complain! Wasabi went to visit her bunny pals at the bunny playground (with me, of course) this weekend and had a grand time - even did a binky! But right at the end she got in a fight with another bunny named Miko...and I'm pretty sure she started it!
The week had a very sad note to it when dealing with a sheep in the neighborhood. To make a long story shorter, this poor sheep was confined in an enclosure so small he could not turn around beginning some time on Thursday (which was when a neighbor first noticed it). By Friday, after baaaaaaaaiiinnnggggg non-stop for nearly 24 hours, it had kicked over a bucket of water and had none until two other neighbors went over two fences to upright it and put more water in. The "owner" of the sheep was completely absent and animal control came out to assess the situation and agreed that it was totally unacceptable. By this time the sheep was acting really freaked out, trying to get out, etc. It was SO sad and so awful to not be able to do anything about it! Animal control posted a notice and tried to get in touch with the property owner. Finally I happened to be coming home right at the same time that an employee of the landowner was heading up to check on the sheep. He was incredibly dismissive of there being any problem with the sheep being confined with no food or water and basically said to me that "you people need to leave this alone". It was the first time anyone has ever called me "you people"! I'm trying to make this short but it is still long...during this encounter, animal control called my cell phone which I had in hand and asked me to pass it to the man - he sure changed his tune when he found out he was speaking with the authorities but then was right back to being a jerk when he hung up the phone. He loved telling me that the sheep was going to be butchered (which I figured) and that it would be picked up that evening. Of course, this never happened and the poor sheep spent yet another night in confinement with no food and little water. I found him early this morning too weak to make much noise, with his flock gathered as close as they could get to his confined area. I called the authorities again. Hours later he was finally picked up. I still am trying to get over my shock at how cruel and unnecessary and irresponsible it was of the sheep person to allow this to happen. The only good news is that now animal control will be checking up on his sheep operation on a regular basis, and I will certainly have my eye on it. I wish I could have taken the sheep and given him a good home!!!
Wasabi lounges among her toys.