I have been slow to update Diva's blog over the summer as she was cruising along enjoying life in every normal way. She has been happy and healthy all summer, maintaining her weight with out supplemental feed.
As we are edging our way into the cooler months of fall, We have started to notice some changes in Diva, in the last couple of days she has started walking with her hips tucked up under her in a hunched position. at this point she does not appear to be in any pain, but we do believe we are starting to see signs of neurological miss-fires. When watching her walk, she sometimes sways, swinging her hing legs farther out than they need to go to keep her tracking straight. This affected gait is something we have been keeping an eye out for.
There is likely to be questions about what we will do now. The answer, for now, is simple. Up until the point that she is in pain or is frightened by the changes we intend to let her go on living as normal a life as possible. She is still very alert and active She has shown no sign of pain or depression, and does not appear frightened by her new clumsiness.
If Diva were a normal part of our herd, or we had not tested her, we would have bred her to a buck in August, she would now be about 2 months along in her gestation.
Today's pictures of Diva: