Today was Kona’s two year anniversary of finding us. Her “Coming Home Birthday”.
Remember when we brought her home?
She was so skinny and everyone said she’d lose her sweet personality as soon as she had the energy to be snotty.
Then she colicked within 24 hours and the vet wasn’t sure she’d make it.
I was afraid to let myself get attached.
Mom and I walked her all through the night… in a pounding rainstorm with flashlights. I couldn’t help getting attached… and I wanted desperately for her to live.
You already know the end… she made it and showed what amazing heart she has.
Just TEN days after bringing her home. The difference was shocking.
She dove into the field of grass like eating was going out of style.
That’s my kind of girl.
Oy… we fell in love…
…and were soon getting into all kinds of trouble together.
..and quickly did away with that dumb bareback pad and decided that dirt covered butts were a badge of honor.
We watched everyone else fall in love too…
Even Mr. Daddy… though he was pretty darn peeved at having to squeeze himself into that 14” saddle ;)
And just a few months later – she was fat and daresay a bit sassy.
(Yes, that’s a sheep behind her)
All the while… she kept her nose in that field and made up for lost time.
And even birds became her buddies.
You and me need to have a little conversation, missy.
See, you do your business over THERE, and I won’t need a bulldozer to clean up after ya.
There are times Kona wandered over to the fence to share some apples.
There are times I wandered over to the fence to share some quiet moments.
And golly does this girl have a sense of humor… sticking her tongue out at me every chance she gets!
What do you MEAN I can’t come inside?
Today was rough.
An abscess in her hoof caused her much pain. While flinching and trembling, she allowed me to poke and prod at the source of her pain. And when it was over, she proved again that she had not lost her sweet self, even two years (and much food) later.
She looked at me with those trusting eyes, and I felt wholly undeserving.
We love you Kona. Happy 2nd Coming Home Birthday!