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Otis

GETTING OTIS UP, ONTO HIS FEET

Meet our most intensive care rescue yet, Mr. Otis. He arrived just skin and bones, with pneumonia and parasites. He was mainly walking and even eating while on his elbows (see below), because his former owner never trimmed his hooves. You've seen those pictures of animals with hooves so long they grow outward and curl up and around? That was Otis just a few weeks ago before his first nail trimming. This poor guy was in so much pain from the bones crunching together and moving horizontally to accommodate the nails, he has ground his teeth down to nubs from pain.

A LONG WAY TO GO

Bringing Otis back to a healthy, vibrant older man is a challenge that we're tackling head-on! We've had weekly vet visits (we're up to 6!), including sonograms, X-rays, and pneumonia shots. Otis is gaining weight, enjoying pain meds, fresh cold carrots, and his very hobbly walk is slowly turning into a stride.

Pops, our small gray pygmy goat, is his very Best Friend. And don't best friends make everything better? They sleep against one another, graze next to each other in the pasture, and knock horns for hours in between tail wags and nuzzling each other's cheeks.

IF OTIS COULD TALK: HIS FAVORITE NEW ACTIVITIES AT FHF:

1. EWL. Eating while Lounging. Laying down in the pasture and eating all the grass in a circle around me, before scooting a few feet, laying back down, and starting a fresh circle.

2. EWLE. Eating While Leaning. Plopping down on top of a new square flake of hay, with enough sticking out to eat my way halfway through it, without getting up.

3. Massages. 20 minute shoulder and arm rubs that make getting around the acres a little less tough on the bones.