Matilda & Minuette: Together Through Thick and Thin

In the wee hours of the morning, the sanctuary gates to Edgar’s Mission creaked open and in rolled our Kindness Van, carrying some very precious cargo.

As we gently ushered the somewhat bewildered ewe from the van, her sweet baby in tow, we uttered the words, “today is the first day of the rest of your life” as Matilda and her lamb, Minuette, had just found sanctuary in our barn and our hearts.

It all began the previous evening with a call for assistance for a ewe who was slated for slaughter due to a severe case of mastitis. And with the words “we must take her lamb too” we set off on our mission of mercy.

The first hint that all was not well with Matilda came before the door of the van was even breached. For the smell that emanated from it was as pungent as it was sinister.

Yet dear Matilda was a sweet as she was gentle, and all she ever wanted was for her dear baby to never be taken out of view. And on that score, we wholeheartedly complied.

The bond between Matilda and her baby was palpable and strong. And heart-breaking.

For in attempting to feed from her mother’s udder, wee Minuette was afflicted with a severe case of dermatitis that stretched from the tip of her sweet nose to the base of her wagging tail.

Setting to work we did, to ease all that ailed Matilda and her bub with the gravity of the situation not lost on us, nor too that most precious bond between a mother and her baby. And with veterinary assistance and ongoing care, Matilda and Minuette’s health inched ever closer to where it needed to be.

Today, the healthy and loving duo have embraced a life truly worth living, and will remain together forevermore.

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