Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Meet Mr. Woolly!
I live in a quiet neighborhood that used to be mostly farmland and has been developed into private homes, townhomes, (where I happen to live), apartments and a quaint area by the Puyallup River, appropriately called, RIVER WALK!
My husband Jeff and I love to take walks around this area as it is pretty quiet, and free from the busy traffic all around us! Because the river does flood it's banks at times, there are several areas surrounded by fences that are designed for drainage. They are not very pretty and yet are quite important for keeping extra water controlled! Interestingly enough, we just found out they also serve another purpose!!
Several weeks ago on my drive home from the New England Saltbox where I work, I happened to pass one of these drainage areas and glancing over, I thought I saw a big white sheep eating grass!! It had been a long day and I was really tired, but I was SURE I had seen it!! When I got home, I told Jeff, thinking he would tell me I was crazy, but sure enough, he had seen it too! It was REALLY there or we were BOTH crazy!! We tried to figure out why a sheep would be in the drainage area, so we decided to go for a walk to investigate! You can see what exciting lives we lead!
As we approached, we saw a pretty big sheep, who was quietly cropping the long grasses and so being the knowledgeable country girl I am, I called out, "Here, sheep, sheep, sheep!" He looked up at me, and actually came!! Wow!! I found out I can speak sheep!! He came right up to me and I did the first thing anyone would do...I reached over the fence and started to pet him!! He was pretty dirty, and quite smelly for one lone sheep, but my heart went out to him all alone so I decided to call him....Mr. Woolly!! As we were petting him, we saw a sign wired to the fence that explained he was a special project for the Agriculture Department of Sumner and was not supposed to be touched or fed!! Uh oh! He had some tags attached to his ears and some marking on his back and looked so lonely all by himself!! We talked to him for a little longer (not petting him anymore) and as we walked away, he gave this loud Baaaaa sound and resumed his quiet munching! Poor Mr. Woolly!!
Yesterday, we went to visit with Mr Woolly again, but he was gone! We sure hope that whatever they were testing him for was a success! I will miss seeing him, quietly grazing, and looking up with interest as I call out, "Hey, Mr. Woolly!" I hope he has been reunited with all of his other sheep friends and perhaps he will share his adventures with them about all the crazy people who visited with him during his stay!! Happy grazing, Mr. Woolly!!
Just a reminder that I am having a Giveaway for the month of June! Details are on my sidebar! Thanks to all of you who have already signed up!