Then a few weeks later one of the sheep suddenly prolapsed. Badly. Nothing is as quite attractive as a sheep with his inards hanging out his butt. Thankfully Dr.Matt was a family friend by this point! The vet had to come out, give the sheep an epidural and perform minor surgery. Again.... a very educational experience for all of us! A couple weeks later another one started to prolapse. This one not near as badly and it kind of came and went. By this time we were just praying that the fair would come quickly so we could get these things all there alive! Brandi's sheep continued to just be really ugly....(only on the outside though!) we de-wormed him a few times hoping that would help but really nothing short of a complete body transplant was going to help poor "Corky" at this point. Bob bought his own set of sheers this year so that we wouldn't have to rely on somebody else to come do it. We're very glad he did as its much simpler to be able to sheer on your own time frame than try to rely on somebody else to find the time when you need it. Sheering is a huge job!!
|A little bit of team work goes a long ways..|
|And it was nice for Blake to get in some 'bonding time'|
The couple days leading up to fair are always a flurry of panic finishing up all those last minute details that you always swear you're not going to leave until the last minute next time! Completing all the necessary paperwork, packing the tack boxes, printing the record books, polishing every square inch of your animal, including his ears, nose and hooves:)
|One more bath before we finish shaving him!|
|And of course Kendra had to be helping too!|
|The ones who had completed the spa process got tied up to the trampoline instead of going back in the pen so that they would stay nice and clean!|
|Once they're completely ready you put their covers on so they stay clean|
Finally we were ready to head to Toppenish! It was a great fair. We had some crazy neighbors but we kept them under control. A lot of kids hanging out at the trailer...that's what happens when you feed them. Teenagers are kind of like seagulls. You hold out a scrap of food and they swarm you! We liked having them hang out by us because then at least we knew where our kids were and what they were NOT doing:)
|Feeding time at the zoo|
|Ashley & Jenna|
|Brandi and Lauryn|
Poor Lauryn didn't quite make it out of the sale ring. Good thing Blake and Papa Dick were wearing those dark sunglasses!
After all that drama on the last day I wasn't sure if this was something that Brandi and Lauryn are cut out for but they have both said they want to do it again! Just hoping they toughen up before next fair. Not too sure how much more of the tears I can handle:)