Milk Mouth


Annabelle is eating regular sheep feed and hay now, but oh how she loves her bottle. She gets one in the morning before she goes down to the yard and one at night before she goes to bed on her blankie on the porch. She sees me coming, nearly tackles me for it, bracing her back legs for the all-out assault on her senses of the wonderment of its milky goodness.
The milky drool starts up right away.
The milk! It’s so delicious!
She is beside herself, bedazzled by the bottle, uncaring of her table manners.
And I’m in love with her thick, rich, foamy milk mouth.
I could gaze upon her milk mouth all day long.
Conundrum: Why does Annabelle have a thick, rich, foamy milk mouth at all when I’ve been feeding her bottles that contain nothing but water ever since her sheep milk replacer ran out? Why doesn’t she care at all that it’s just water? Why am I so in love with this lamb? Why is she still sleeping on my porch, and why does she think she’s a dog? Where is my mixer and my spare car key?

So many mysteries, so little time.


  1. Gini says:

    Water! That’s hilarious! It must just be all psychological comfort for sweet little Annabelle.

  2. CindyP says:

    Poor little Annabelle — 1st she thinks she’s a dog, now she thinks water is milk (and where does that milk foam come from?!?!) Ha Ha Ha but the sweetest thing!

    Happy Easter! :heart:

  3. Nancy K. says:

    Too Funny!!
    I was just thinking about Annabelle and wondering how her transition to the sheep yard is going…

  4. Kathryn says:

    That is rare! Annabelle must be wishing to make it so.

  5. Bee says:

    I love that you still give her a bottle! And I hope that you stay in love with her and she remains your pet.

    The mixer and they keys, well, I hope you find them, too.

  6. sam says:

    Happy Easter Annabelle.
    enjoy your bottle while you can.

  7. Sheila Z says:

    I think the foam is kind of like when our mouth waters in anticipation of food. In Annabelle’s case it produces lots of enzymes from her mouth to help her digest “milk”. The sucking reflex is strong, she enjoys her bottle. I bet she would suck on your finger with as much enthusiasm. My memory of dairy calves is that they will suck on anything that will hold still. Your shirt tail, knee cap, fingers, etc. Then they will butt with their head when no milk lets down. Sometimes hard to break the little devils of the habit. Do they make lamb pacifiers? Oh, that’s a bottle of water…LOL


  8. trish from "grow lettuce grow" says:

    have you had a talk about the car keys with Coco?

    good thing babies like that don’t live here. all furry things are welcome to sleep in the bed at night.

    Happy Easter!

  9. Cece says:

    OMGOSH, she is just too sweet. Happy Easter.


  10. monica says:

    She will expect cookies if you don’t have milk. It is good to hear a story about Annabelle on Easter. I was getting worried that she might be dinner. :shocked: :sheepjump: yay
    HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!! :duck:

  11. trish says:

    I think it is safe to say we all LOVE Anabelle.
    Happy Easter to everyone!!!

  12. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Oh, Annabelle! She wants milk, she craves milk, she desires milk, so milk it is!!! May she always sleep on the porch with Coco and her blankie!!!

    Happy Easter to all your creatures, 2- and 4- legged ones. :purpleflower: :sheep:

  13. Claudia W. says:

    I think it is an Easter miracle! Annabelle the lamb-sheep can turn water into milk. What a wonderful thing!
    She is just adorable. You are just adorable, it is so wonderful that Annabelle has you. You are such a great Mom to all the 2 legged and 4 legged little ones!
    Happy Easter to you and your entire family.

  14. shirley says:

    I feel as if Annabelle just squeezed my heart. What a precious little lamb.
    Happy Easter

  15. monica says:

    When you find the mixer and the keys, (and who Knows what they were doing together?????) You will have to bake a cake to celebrate! :shimmy:

  16. Kathleen H from Bloomington says:

    I Love Annabelle. What a sweet sweet baby. I love Clover too. I am soooo jealous, I told my husband I want a little lamb and a little goat. I want a farm, with chickens – no roosters after reading your stories. The picture of your evil rooster :devil2: scares me!

    Well, a city girl can dream. Keep up the good work and give Annabelle a hug :hug: and kiss for me.

  17. anne says:

    Happy Easter Suzanne and Family!!

  18. catslady says:

    I think the mixer and keys are with all the missing socks in another dimension :shocked: Annabelle is soooooo adorable :heart: Happy Easter :duck:

  19. Leah says:

    Aww,Annabelle is still precious.I’d line the cats up and ask about the keys.The mixer Humm I dont know…a mixer is pretty big to go missing Suzanne,ha,ha!

  20. Estella says:

    Happy Easter to all!

  21. SuzieQ says:

    :snuggle: Happy Easter to ALL the give US such joy!! :snoopy:

  22. Shannon says:

    It’s mother love. It has nothing to do with the bottle, but with the fact that you are giving it to her. Look at her eyes – they tell the story.s

  23. Kim says:

    Somehow I can see Annabelle as a momma with her babies and Coco and still on the porch with her blankie. 🙂

  24. trish says:

    testing my hopefully new gravitar.

  25. miss becky says:

    i know this. this is what they do. i have raised many a sheep on the bottle after the mother rejected them. this foaming is so very familiar to me from my childhood. they tug and push at the bottle, whatever the content. their eagerness is not to be stemmed

  26. Mimi says:

    How absolutely adorable! Hey, I’m a lot older than she is and I still ♥ my milk!

  27. Jodie says:

    I love Annabelle! She’s too sweet! Thanks for sharing your Easter lamb with us. :sheep:

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