Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Goose Guard Downed in Line of Duty

Many times in the past I’ve encouraged Lull readers to visit author Shreve Stockton at Honey Rock Dawn and The Daily Coyote. Her tales of life in wild Wyoming pluck you from your daily routine and transport you to the range. Her fabulous photographs capture the heart of whatever is in the frame. Her Farmily becomes yours.

If you haven’t visited for a while, you should know that the Farmily lost a beloved character this week and Stockton’s extended Farmily across the world is in mourning. Ricardo the goose, the bovine wannabe who took his duties as a cow shepherd seriously, met a too-early death at the jaws of a pack of a new neighbor’s dogs. He died while in the line of duty.

Condolences have been pouring in—maybe you want to add your own. Someone donated money in Ricardo’s name to a goose rescue in Australia. (In the U.S., you can do the same at the Farm Sanctuary.) Someone else suggested everyone “Honk If You Love Ricardo.” (Makes you smile a little, doesn’t it?)

Me? I’m thinking of poet Alphonse de Lamartine’s remarks about death, with one minor word change:

“Sometimes only one goose is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.”

Hugs to you, Ricardo. And to the entire grieving Farmily.

[Pics by Shreve Stockton.]

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