He was only alive for two weeks, but a tiny lamb called Jerry managed to touch many lives.
The baby was rescued by Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, from a local farm. Th runt of his litter, he was rejected by his mom. The farmer didn’t want to go through all the trouble to bottle-raise him, so he was taken in by Megan Mostacci, co-founder of the Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary. She gave him the loving home he needed.
That’s when Jerry and Drake the dog met.
“Most lambs sleep on top of their mamas,” Mostacci said, “And Jerry does this with Drake.”
The lamb obviously loved the pup, and Drake loved Jerry back. He was attached to Jerry right from the lamb’s first night at the sanctuary. “He was cleaning him, cuddling with him … just being there with him,” Mostacci said.
But even though so many tried to help him, Jerry got irreversibly sick. He was beyond anyone’s help.
After he flopped over onto his side one day, Mostacci hurriedly took him to the vet. It turned out he had a sudden case of bloat. He was being prepped for emergency surgery when his heart stopped. The little lamb who had already formed so many amazing friendships, just left.
“I cannot believe it,” heartbroken Mostacci said. It was hard for everyone who loved Jerry – especially his best friend, Drake. Jerry’s absence was puzzling for the poor pooch.
The dog kept looking for Jerry, even though he never came back from the vet. Another animal at the sanctuary began to sense that Drake could use some warmth and compassion at such a tough time. Dottie the goat came over and gave the lonesome pup some much needed company.
Dottie and her sister were saved from a hoarding situation. When she arrived, Drake was kind and friendly to her, just as he had been with Jerry.
So when the little goat went over and snuggled with forlorn Drake, she was probably remembering how good he had been to her. Or maybe, she just thought he looked like he could use some kindness.
“Dottie has been cuddling with Drake all morning,” Mostacci said. “She knows he’s sad.”
“Drake loves his babies so much,” she added.
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