With lots of physical therapy, he got back to a place where he can walk around (crookedly) on his own but is unsteady and usually needs help getting to a standing position. He's always kept up a great attitude and is very determined, but winters are HARD.
His joints creak, he walks very stiffly, he slips and falls on the ice, so sometimes he won't leave the barn for days if he feels it's unsafe. During the spring, summer and fall, he's a happy goat. But winters and mud season here last about 6 months, and I'm dreading putting him through another one. And I'm not around to help him much because I work an hour away during the ski season. But I still feel like he's really enjoying even his challenging, limited, life. And the other reason I have trouble letting him go is his best friend Banjo, who follows Moose EVERYWHERE and stands guard if Moose falls. Anytime I take Moose out of sight Banjo cries his little heart out until he is safely returned (there are other goats around). I just can't imagine separating them for good.
Is it cruel to make Moose endure another winter? Or is it more cruel to pluck Moose away from Banjo until he has deteriorated into complete immobility and despair? I'm so torn
Photo: Moose last winter
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