Blog written by Sarah Klapstein
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" -Marilyn Monroe
Little miss Jitterbug will be off to her forever home next week. I can't believe the day is actually almost upon us. Adoption days are always bittersweet, some more than others. Some kids just make an imprint so big that it can never truly be filled. But the circle continues. It must.
Last year, Millie came to the rescue at just a few days old after being abandoned in a box at the end of a dead end street. She became the queen of BGC and stole the hearts of people all over the world with her heartbreaking story and sweet face. She stole mine the second I held her in my arms. Something I did every day for months. When she left us for her forever home, the void was noticeable but the circle continued as it always does and once again the farm started to fill with newborn babies and a new little girl made her mark this season, Jitterbug.
Jitterbug's time with us was first filled with recovery from illness and living in the house early on which creates an even deeper bond. Sick babies are woven into every minute of every day, the care of a sick baby, the worry about a sick baby, everything revolves around saving that baby. A month of touch and go and we did exactly that, we saved Bug. She was my shadow. She wanted to be with me and held by me at all times. Fast forward a few months and she isn't nearly as dependent on me. Weaning babies does that. They become more independent. I am still "mom", she still answers every time I call her name and will still sit in my lap and chew her cud if she's not busy browsing, playing or putting the boys in their place but she doesn't need me like she used to. And that's ok. That's a good thing. Bug is her own little lady now, she's sassy, healthy, and so full of love and ready to take on the new world she will embark on next week.
These days, I have a new shadow emerging. Evangeline. A few weeks ago I went to pick up a number of does from a dairy and they had two kids they were also looking to re-home, one who was emaciated and clearly dealing with a high parasite load. We could leave her there they said but one look at her and those big, curious, innocent eyes and that was absolutely not an option. This girl was coming home with me. She needed a lot of attention and care and she has received just that. Her parasites have now cleared and her personality is finally starting to truly emerge. Just as Bug once was, she is always with me. Yes, she depends on me for her 2x a day bottle but I am also her comfort, her safety. She is still learning her way in the world of BGC and she relies on me the way Millie & Bug both did as they learned to come into their own.
Just as Jitterbug filled Millie's shoes, Evangeline is filling Jitterbug's. They are some big shoes to fill but she will do just that, of that I am sure.