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3rd April 2009
Gretchen Wilson
Our beloved Patrick the Cheviot was laid to rest on St Patrick's day, 15 years to the day after his entrance into our lives. More pet than livestock, Patty was our first ever lamb. His mom had mastitis so we bottled him, but his mom raised him and loved him fiercly.Patrick was the lifelong pasture-mate to Caliente the Cotswold. Together they supplied me with great wool of widely varying types for countless projects. Cali gave us many rugs. Patty's fleeces continue to warm us in our comforters and pillows and gave us lofty, white yarns. Patrick dutifully reared many weanlings as "Uncle Patty". He was never ill, never needed shots or medications.He always came for pets and scratches; but was nearly impossible to hang onto for shearing or hoof-trimming. When Cali died last year, Patty looked for him for weeks.He missed him greatly. We will miss Patrick's perky Cheviot ears and dark, prominent eyes. He lays to rest next to Cali. The tree above their site now has 2 crosses; a Bendictine for Cali and a Celtic for Patrick. God speed Patty.