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The Sling - Part 2

Posted 5/31/2014 10:56am by Mona.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts and intentions, things just don’t go as planned. Spring arrived, and Shiloh was not able to regain the use of her back legs. Loving animals means your heart gets broken when they cannot be the beautiful creatures they were intended to be. More sadness came to our farm in mid-April, as the decision was made that it was best to let Shiloh and her wonderful spirit leave our world.  

Shiloh April2014

We had created a setup in the pen with a sling and pulleys so that we could sling Shiloh up with the least amount of stress to her, as well as to us. She really didn’t like being in the sling. She always much preferred that Dan lift her by her hind end and balance her on his leg while he sat on the small hay feeder. From there she could stand up using her front legs and see all around the barn, see ‘her girls’ and sometimes she’d even put weight on her back legs. Dan and I would massage her back and hips and massage her back legs and feet, trying hard to get the blood circulating. Then we’d gently work each leg, bending it and straightening it, forward and back and out to the side. Dan would even take that rear leg and pull it forward so that Shiloh could scratch her chest, like a real alpaca. :)  

Shiloh Apr2014

Shiloh actually liked us doing all this massage. When we’d arrive at the barn she’d get a really excited look on her face when she saw Dan and would try hard to get herself up, her front end anyway. When she saw us get the sling ready, she’d get an ‘OH NO!’ look to her. With Shiloh in the sling we could work her legs a little easier and she could move around a teensy bit. Anything to get her muscles working. I did reiki on her every day. We gave her homeopathic remedies for healing and pain relief, banamine for pain and swelling, MSM to build muscle, crushed B12 tablets to regenerate her nerves, and of course alpaca pellets as a treat. We kept her in the pen with lots of straw and a warm coat, and put up an extra tarp to keep the cold and wind off of her. We did this all winter long, every day.  

In return, she gave us happy looks, a never-give-up attitude, and a very loving spirit. She will never be forgotten.  

RIP my friend.

Dan and Shiloh Apr2014

Dan and Shiloh April2014

1 Comments »
Jessie Schmoker said,
6/27/2014 @ 1:38 pm
Mona and Dan,

My name is Jessie, and Shiloh was born on our farm in Wisconsin. From the minute she was born, we had the feeling that she was a special spirit; I felt pure hope and joy when I saw her in our pasture the morning of her birth. She was strong and healthy and her personality came out in waves! Lisa and Candyce bought her as a young lady and away she went to her new life! Lisa has kept us up to date with news of Shiloh, and when we read of her passing our hearts broke. The thing that has made it so much easier is knowing that she had you caring for her, and that she was so loved by so many people. She was a beautiful soul and she had a wonderful life thanks to those who loved her. Thank you for your love and the incredible effort you put in to help her. RIP baby girl.
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