Today is Hug a Sheep Day! I think there’s some other minor holiday that falls on the same day this year, but it’s not sheep related so it’s obviously not very important.
Getting pictures for Hug a Sheep Day was problematic; most of the time I just take pictures of whatever the sheep happen to be doing at the moment, so trying to take pictures of them doing something specific (such as letting me hug them) is a bit difficult. Also, I don’t generally take selfies, so that’s not easy, either. Also, most primitive sheep don’t like to be hugged in the first place.
I planned just to plop Mira in my lap and take a few shots, she’s used to that and she’s usually pretty cuddly. Today, of course, she decided she was not going to cuddle, she was much too big to sit on Mommy’s lap. She’d rather investigate my pockets. Apparently somebody told her that lambs get lots of crunchies on the last day of October. Well, they may have said “kids” and “candy”, but really there isn’t that much difference.
“Are there crunchies in this pocket?”
Fortunately Neo is more friendly than any self-respecting dam-raised primitive sheep has any business being, and when he saw me giving Mira attention he ran over and demanded his fair share of hugging.
“I like hugs! Although if there are any crunchies in that pocket, I won’t say no…”
His mother Lady sighs in the background, remembering how hard she tried to teach him not to be so friendly with that sketchy ShepherdPerson.
“But ShepherdPerson gives me hugs! And scratches my chin! And feeds me crunchies! I like ShepherdPerson!”
“Where did I go wrong with you?”
Mira, meanwhile, steadfastly resisted any gestures of affection and continued to rifle through my pockets.
“Are there crunchies in THIS pocket?!? Seriously, where are my crunchies?”
And Neo continued to ham it up for the camera.
“I love Hug a Sheep Day!”
Princess doesn’t mind being petted occasionally, but feels that hugs are too much like being restrained, which is almost like I’m saying no to her or something, so she very firmly refuses to be hugged. And taking selfies is far beneath her dignity.
Nova doesn’t like to be hugged either, but I did get a selfie with her. Well, sort of. She climbed up to stick her nose in my pocket and I took her picture when she looked up. She’s touching me and my chin is in the frame, therefore I say it counts.
“There HAVE to be crunchies in ONE of these pockets!!”
And that’s about as close to hugging as the rest of the flock wanted to get. Barney is usually pretty comfortable with hugging, but lately he’s been in an almost perpetual game of ring-around-the-tree-stump with Duke, and that’s a game I’d rather not join in on.
And yes, everybody did get end up getting a few crunchies this morning. I usually reserve them for bribes or bedtime snacks, but it seemed appropriate to indulge in a few extra treats, both for Hug a Sheep day and that other minor holiday.