After the loss of Romeo, Lady was distraught and horribly depressed. It was painful to watch her.
Terry and I and Shannon all took turns to love and pet her, feed her carrots and apples (which she adores) give her lots of brushing and just plain love.
Still it really wasn’t enough—the shadow cast from the loss of her protector and best friend was huge.
We let her back out of the farm where she ran to every place she and Romeo loved to frequent…crying out as she ran.
(This video will give you an idea of her sound.)
Gradually—over-time—with lots of love and reassurance she came to understand Romeo was gone.
Then came the sad, sad day she found the grave. It really wasn’t far from the barn Romeo loved, but Lady had never given herself time to really notice ‘the spot’.
(Please understand that Romeo was buried in a very deep hole–six feet deep. We love and want to protect his body even in death.)
Shannon said the day Lady found the spot she stood on the grave for a good forty minutes. Then she gradually walked away, going a short distance, then coming back, standing there a little more, until finally she left.
From that point on Lady started to adjust. We felt l she had found him, and had come to the point of truly understanding, so she could move past her grief and despair.
(Lady talking to Terry and I—what a cutie)
Today she is moving forward in her little mule life. She is completely and totally bonded to Shannon (but loves Terry and I also). She and Shannon are going for rides and are taking riding classes.
From a very battered and damaged mule to a wonderful sweet companion…Lady the mule.
Life on a Colorado farm,