(LRO Ash x RiverOaks Lana)
Thanks to a mad flock-wide rush to the grain treat being served, I was able to catch this wary little ewe lamb and get her coat on her. She is incredibly soft.
This is Penelope's dam, Lana. Lana came to live here about a year ago, and I have never had such a flighty ewe in my flock before. I couldn't tempt her to come near me. She kept the flock between herself and me at all times. She was shy about coming up for grain. She would climb the walls when I entered her lambing jug this spring. Nothing seemed to ever reassure her that I wanted to be nice and gentle to her.
Then Clancy and I caught all the girls a few days ago to put coats on them. Lana freaked out when we caught her diving in at the grain pan, and she struggled while we wrestled with her coat. But we didn't just let her bolt as soon as we finished. We held her gently and rubbed her chest and scratched her ears for a moment while we softly let go of her, and then she trotted off as soon as she realized she was free.
Later that day, I visited the pasture to take some pictures. Without any sort of warning, Lana walked right up to me and put her head in my lap. I was stunned...even more so when she didn't flinch as I raised my hand and began scratching her ears. After a nice long lovey session, I was the one to move away first. And ever since then, Lana has come straight up to me for pets as soon as I enter the pasture.
I treasure miracles such as this...so unexpected and precious! It might be only a matter of time now before Lana's bewildered, flighty eweling, Penelope, decides to come in close enough with her mother that I can pet her too. I'm hoping. :)