Princess and Prince moved back out with the other sheep yesterday afternoon. I haltered her, thinking she would be agreeable to going back to the flock and that Prince would follow her. She’s usually in a big hurry to catch up with the others when she’s been separated.
Ahem. Yes. I didn’t allow for the full strength of her determination to never do anything she’s told. She did want to go back to the Clubhouse, but felt she couldn’t do so without a fight because it was my idea. It’s the Principle Of The Thing. You could see the conflict on her face: “I want to go… but she’s trying to lead me, so I must resist… but I actually want to go…”
Eventually I gave up, scooped up Prince, and let mom follow baby instead of the reverse. A bit harder on my knees and shins (Princess has a very hard head and she wanted her baby back that minute), but much easier on my back than trying to drag a ewe all the way across the icy yard.
All the other girls came flying around to the gate, yelling in excitement when they heard Princess coming. (Princess has a very loud
baa bellow and she wanted her baby back that minute.) Even Lady seemed happy to see her, and she’s never been Princess’s biggest fan.
The baby caused much excitement too, once he was spotted. Everybody had to sniff at him, and Princess thew a fit trying to keep everyone away. He didn’t march straight up and declare himself Ruler of the Earth like Nova did when she met the flock, but he didn’t run in terror either, like Neo. Maybe Liam’s influence made him a little less intense than Nova? I can hope, anyway. I’m not sure I can handle a huge, male version of Princess at full strength.
Nova was Not Impressed by the arrival of a younger sibling. She and Watcher should form a club: Displaced and Displeased Older Siblings. As of this morning she and Prince were both tagging along after Princess, so she must have reconciled herself to the situation.
“First things first, little bro: I’m the boss after Mama, OK? The second spot’s already taken. You can be Junior Third Assistant Apprentice Boss or something.”
That will be an interesting relationship to watch as he grows up.
Mira hasn’t been out to the Clubhouse yet. It’s been so warm and sunny lately that fully half of the snow has melted, but every night it freezes so hard that I can walk on the snow without leaving footprints. Mira still gets chilled easily, so it’ll have to be warmer before I take her out there.