Chop-stealing sheep buried next to her dog pals

2014-07-28 00:00

PHILIPPOLIS — Woeler, the slightly cannibalistic pet sheep of Jens Friis, has been buried next to her dog mates, Lassie and Trix.

“What else could I do? You can’t eat a pet of 12 years,” said Friis (72), a former school principal.

He said Woeler was more dog than sheep. She would run to the fence to see why his German Shepherds were barking, ride on the back of the bakkie and tag along for walks. “When you called her, she came.”

But the last time Friis called Woeler, she did not come. The old ewe had fallen and could not get up again. Friis carried the ewe to her spot in the bird aviary, which she shared with an Eclectus parrot. He made a hammock to support the ewe in her last days.

Friis said Woeler was rescued as a lamb and soon totally identified with her human flock.

“She was afraid of other sheep. One day, a flock was driven down the street. When Woelie saw them, she hid among the bushes in my late wife’s garden.”

Friss said the only thing Woeler loved to eat more than his late wife’s roses was braai meat. She would head-butt the knees of any person who tried to keep a salty piece of braaied meat away from her.

“She would quickly steal a chop or sheep rib off the grid.”

When she was of marriageable age, Friis took Woeler to a farm for a haircut and possible romance. Bewildered and lonely, the young ewe was later sent back to town, where she happily lived out her days as a spinster.

Last week, the pet sheep got out of her hammock to die peacefully on her own four hooves.

On her last says, she had at least stopped eating braai meat; instead, she only nibbled on sandwiches with cheese spread — biltong flavoured.

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