Tuesday, February 22, 2011

No More Rut for Rutland

The last week of December Rutland became victim of Ripton's male dominance issue.  My poor choice was leaving Rutland in with Ripton after Rutland had been wethered.  The two of them had been buddies so I really didn't give it much thought and they were getting along fine.  Then one morning Ripton got a bug up his a*# and decided to be Mr. Macho and nailed Rutland in the leg, resulting in Rutland having a broken back right leg.  I felt like a total bad owner.

( left to right....Rutland, Glover, & Barlett)
Rutland was off to the vet that morning.  After discussing the issue with my vet, she said he had a good chance of it healing because of his small size.  So on went the fiberglass cast for the next 7 weeks.  I kept monitoring it.  Making sure there was no bad smell of infection or rubbing of the cast on the leg.  Rutland moved in with Glover & Barlett, 2 Shetland wethers, both very mellow. 
So Monday was the big take-off-the-cast day.  I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst..........

..........and for once, I got the best!!!!  Rutland's back right leg healed very, very well!!!  The tendions in the leg are weak so it will take a week or so for them to tighten up so he can walk firmly on the back leg but the vet said the break healed nicely:)  Rutland came out of his "rut" with the help of a good vet!!!

To say that I am relieved and overjoyed might be a tad understatement!!
Seriously, how can I not love my baby Rutland's cute face????

7 comments:

Michaele said...

So nice to have a happy ending. I love the names and the faces : )

Nancy K. said...

I'm glad that he healed well! Judging by his woolly poll and cheeks, he should have very nice fleece. I really hate wethering ram lambs because they just don't fit into either world (ewes or rams) then... I did two last summer because I wanted to keep their fleece but I swear I won't do it again...

Christine said...

Yay, so glad he healed up okay. He's a cutie.

Tracey said...

I love happy endings :)
So glad Rutland healed up nicely!
Tracey

Kara said...

Oh that is great news! :)

Tammy said...

I was so afraid this was a bad ending story by the title and was very happy to hear it has instead ended up quite happily! I have four wethers in with the ewes this year, and it seems to be working out okay. The big white boy just tries to pretend he is 'one of the girls' and Cal, the horned shetland is scared of his shadow. The two 'babies' from this year are just full of it....but the girls keep them in line.
Tammy

Barb said...

It is nice to get a good bit of news for a change. Yay for all involved.