Mabel came from a commercial flock a little further up the valley. Her mother sadly died when she was only 2 days old. Being born in July (a late lamb), there were no other ewes to put her on, and the farmer couldn’t manage his daily duties alongside a little lamb that needed hand feeding. We agreed Mabel would come into my care for 3 days. Within half an hour, she was in the house. And she never left.
Brought up inside the house, I would be sculpting with one hand and feeding Mabel with the other. She was included in all aspects of our family life – we even took her on dog walks (although she couldn’t always manage the whole thing, so she went in the baby carrier some of the way). One of our dogs, Cossy, was only a puppy at the time, and quickly became best friends with Mabel. The two got up to a fair amount of mischief – one would steal something and the other would help chew it up!
Mabel now lives in the yard and is a farm favourite. She eventually realised she isn’t a dog, but that doesn’t stop her behaving like one. Far From would not be the same without her little face greeting you on your return to the farm.
Fun fact: Mabel loves her ears being played with. Why? Well, Cossington loves sucking others’ ears! “Put your sister’s ear down” was a common phrase in our house when they were babies. They’re a funny pair!