Monday, 22 April 2013

Old Fremlin goat

Regular readers will know that I have a bit of a soft spot for my dear old Fremlin goat:

As 'head boy' he is well respected and loved by all the other boys and girls.  He is such a sweet boy and so good natured. 

Those of you who have been following us for a while may remember that Fremlin had problems with wonky back legs some time ago.  We gave him a course of acupuncture treatments which seemed to do the trick and he was able to work again for a full season without any problem.  Last year he was an extremely busy boy and was like a new man - he had a twinkle in his eye and had a wonderful time with all those lovely ladies who required his services.

But now his age and the last hard year of work have started to show and poor old Fremlin is starting to have problems with his back legs again.  Much worse than before and so I don't think that acupuncture will help at all this time.  At the moment he is still quite chirpy and happy, though he isn't moving around too much and tends to stay over one side of the barn.

I fear that we may soon have to say our goodbyes to my beautiful boy but we will just wait and watch for the moment and let him enjoy some time in the warm sunshine before we have to make that final decision.  I cannot tell you how desperately awful that will be - I am dreading the day, but we owe it to Fremlin to make sure that he does not suffer or is unhappy.


  1. Oh how sad .. he's only around 7 years old isn't he?

    Hope this spell of warm weather makes him feel much better and gives him a new lease of life :-)

  2. Poor Fremlin & poor Goaty & Human fans and friends of Fremlin. This is indeedy very sad news. It is always unhappy making beyond belief when one has to say "Farewell and God speed" to an animal whom one loves.. WE send you all our very dearest love. GeeGee & HER.

  3. Thanks ladies .... yes, Sue - he is 7 years old. But sadly, the working boys tend to wear out a bit quicker than the girls do. Their work is concentrated into just a few weeks every year and it really does take it out of them - all those hormones are just too much!

    But, as I say - we'll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks. Still happy and enjoying the sunshine at the moment.