The new ram arrived today! He’s a fancy pedigreed RBST registered British Soay, whose owner had him shipped all the way from Oregon. I suppose that makes him just barely good enough for Mira.
His registered name is Saltmarsh Glanton, which is a) the kind of name that would get a guy beat up a lot, and b) very hard to say at high volume, which is an important consideration for animal names. Especially male animal names.
His owner calls him Bad@$$, but I don’t want to have to cover Mira’s delicate ears every time I call his name, so while he’s here I’m going to refer to him as BB, for British Boyfriend. That might help him impress Mira and Nova, since according to the internet a lot of girls want British actors to be their boyfriends for some reason.
He looks all impressive and tough in the picture, but he is in fact slightly shorter than Mira at the shoulder. It’s very funny. I knew he was smaller than Duke, but I didn’t remember him being that small.
“I like this guy, he makes me feel tall!”
Mira was just in heat a day or so ago, so she’s not sure if she feels flirty anymore or not. I’m pretty sure it’s a bit too late for her to settle this cycle, but I’ll have to wait and see if she cycles back in three weeks to be sure.
“OK, first things first, NewBoySheep. My mommy is ShepherdPerson around here, so I am the boss of everybody, ok? Also, I’m taller than you, which is really cool.”
“She’s joking, right? She is so not the boss of me.”
Nova isn’t impressed at all by BB, but I’m sure she’ll change her mind when she comes in heat. She’s not boy crazy all the time like Duchess. I don’t think she knows what to think about a ram so much smaller than Duke.
“I’m not that short! I’m just vertically challenged!”
In his defense, it’s not like he’s the only… vertically challenged… sheep around here. All my sheep are pretty short, which is good because if they were any taller, I wouldn’t be able to keep anything away from them. As it is, I can put the box of crunchies on top of the tarp-less hoop house when I need both hands free, and it’ll be safe as long as I pick it up again pretty quickly and don’t give them too much time to think about how to get it down.
“Hey, why’d you put the crunchies way up there??”
“Not funny, ShepherdPerson! Not funny at all!”
I’m hoping I get ewe lambs next spring. I told BB he’s only allowed to sire girls, I have way too many boys hanging around as it is.