When we left off Dougal had an abscess the size of a golf ball on the side of his head. This was worrisome and despite treatment wasn't getting any better for a while. Thinking something wasn't quite right we double checked the dosage of the anti-biotic and found we had been prescribed half the dose known to be effective. This means we were at least two weeks down into the infection (probably more) and poor wee Dougie was getting fed up with being jabbed every other day. We kept it up for another 3 weeks and we are happy to say we had good results. I have been keeping a close eye on his jaw ever since and all seems well with no obvious jaw line damage to be felt.
Dougal today - All better
Our summer herd hand this year was Phoebe who made her way from Austin, Texas all by herself to help us tend to the boys (and do a few extra-paddock activity such as go to London , Cumbria , Scotland , the Roman Wall , the Yorkshire dales).
Here she is meeting the boys
(Don't bother getting up Noah - She has only come 5,000 miles !)
And here she is practicing IM and SC technique on a banana
(syringe loaded with rum and sugar prior to the whole thing going on the BBQ)
Two Healthy Boys - Growing fast.
One concern about Dougal's development was that his err, 'tackle' was small, or rather, non-existent. Admittedly this is a purely hypothetical concern. He wont get a chance to use whatever he grows , and it wont be with him for that long anyway. But here at Lane House we take pride in having an elite collection of second rate males so we were just about to spend time researching the ATD (average time to drop) when all of a sudden there they were. Phew. An emergency celebration down the local curry house was called for, where we ate the traditional pudding in such circumstances !
Gulab Jamun - Celebration of Dougal Transition into ...
Its not all about the little guys. The big boys are still close to our hearts and they continue to amuse amaze, entertain and relax.
Down with the boyz
Another reason for not blogging too much is that the weather has been so hot that we just really want to yawn and flake out in the shade.
Its summer time ...
The herd dynamic is just that. It is constantly subtly shifting. Finian is still the boss of the paddock and whenever I go into the field he will turn sideways and posture with a straight back and tail out. He can't keep it up though and as soon as I hold his gaze for more than a few seconds his ears drop and he gives up on macho. Since the little guys arrival Noah has decided he needs to learm the same posture. Its a bit like looking at Dylan the rabbit dress up as a paratrooper.
Plies and piles and lovely fine glowing fiber
In the mean time - we have rather more second cut than we have need for. Free to a good home - but you will have to collect. Leave a comment if you want any.